Nicola's Reviews > Henry and June: From "A Journal of Love"--The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin

Henry and June by Anaïs Nin
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Sep 11, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: gender, recommended, non-fiction

Lavish, sexy, captivating... I could go on throwing out adjectives all day, without doing proper justice to how poetic and compelling this book is. Nin’s descriptions are like being wrapped in satin.

The book’s central problem, unfortunately, is the same thing that makes it great in the first place: it’s real. Nin’s words come from an honest, uncensored place deep inside herself. This makes it a fascinating read, but also a frustrating one. There’s no real storyline; there are no set-pieces to break up the narrative. Nin is confused and indecisive. Her feelings for Henry (and the other men in her life) oscillate wildly. She loves him! She doesn’t love him at all! She wants to leave him! She can’t imagine her life without him! It’s emotionally overwrought stuff and, for the reader, deeply tiring.

However, despite being a tough read, it’s definitely worth persevering with.
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