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Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey
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May 16, 2012

it was ok
Read from May 15 to 16, 2012

I honestly had high hopes for this book, but on the whole I was very disappointed. If I had been curious about De Quincey's education level I would have really enjoyed his constant classical allusions which might have provoked approving nods in his time but now inspire more blank looks than anything else. The most disappointing sections of the work actually have to do with opium and its effects. For a work intended to be a revelation from the "Church of Opium" it still seems to labor under the weight of polite sensibilities. And it could just be that any power this work once had as a drug narrative now appears miniscule in the aftermath of works like Naked Lunch and Fear and Loathing, but it seems to have been smothered by too much restraint and attempts to impress through a labored style.

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