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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
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Feb 13, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: waste-of-time-shelf
Recommended for: expats who think norman mailer was cool
Read in January, 2008

I read "Capricorn" in college when I was an angry young man and liked it. Now I'm a quarter century man and found "Cancer" to be a waste of time, as it reminded of me of instances regarding why I liked "Capricorn". If you want to sum up the book in under two minutes, listen to Bad Religion's "Delirium of Disorder". In the song there's a line that goes "Chaos is the score upon which reality is written", which is also a quote from the book. The song makes more sense to me than over 200 pages of self-deprecating bitter intellectualism (and shows that Brett Gurewitz is a better tunesmith/poet/writer than a damn great many others out there). If I wanted to read condescending psuedo-intellectual bullshit, I'd read my college journals (Or "Scratching at the Pavement" which is available only through Get your copy today!!! ::end subvertizement::)
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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael I had a similar experience with reading miller when I was young. I was drawn to him as he seemed to reveal a sense of romantic freedom that appealed to me. But now, I essenially see Miller as a salesman selling a modern vision of the self. the post modern self. He's Roussou stating that he's in chains. Very limited insights from his writings. He reminds me of the greek sophists who sold a similar vision to the youth..

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