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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

(The Diary of Anaïs Nin #7)

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The final volume ends as the author wished-not with her last two years of pain but at a joyous, reflective moment on a trip to Bali. "One of the most remarkable diaries in the history of letters" (Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times). Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stuhlmann; Index; photographs.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 14th 1981 by Mariner Books (first published May 1976)
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Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
“How often we make these circular journeys into the past, linking fragments of an incomplete puzzle, seeing a complete image…As we make the return journey it is not only to pass judgement on our past selves, it is to crystallize, reinforce, consolidate what we have gained.”
— The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 7

For me, reading Nin for me has always been a journey and a revelation of the inner-self. Through her writing, she reminds us of things that are important,good for the soul, things such as rel
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I think this diary was really good, but it felt really not like a diary. Especially if you compare it to Sylvia's diary which was really personal, to me.

This one was heavily edited and border-lined (if not veered into) pretentious territory, but Nin writes beautifully, but it felt more like an art piece then a personal diary.

I don't agree with all her opinions/thoughts, and she was very pretentious and haughty in her personality from the way she portrayed herself.

I have said pretentious way to
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
my goodness. I look back and see that it’s taken me nearly a year to make it through all of her years. Eleven months of her name. essential reading for lovers
you really, really have to be in the mood to read these things, & with this one...i was not. i actually fell asleep reading at one point, which has only happened to me one other time in the last 31 years. this is the last volume of the adult diaries, covering the period immediately following the publishing & surprise success of the first volume. suddenly anais is being feted about, invites to speak at college commencements, given honorary doctorates, interviewed for magazine pieces & TV programs ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final volume of the Journal of Anais Nin, of which I have read one volume a year over the past seven years. This is probably the longest it has taken me to read one of the volumes (I usually begin in January of the new year), but I'm glad I've paced myself, knowing that this book marks the end of a great artist's lifetime and a long personal journey. It's wonderful to see Anais' dream of recognition lived, as well as her work's reception of the praise it was long due. Interestingly, ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journals, favorites


Letter to a reader:
I feel the crux of your conflict is that you want to go too fast. At twenty-five I was like you—ambivalent, uncertain. Take time. It is an organic, slow growth. You hurt yourself by looking at me now in late maturity and comparing me with your youth. You're hard on yourself. The neurosis is there—shocks, wounds, losses. I turned for help at those moments. The neurosis keeps us from growing. Can you deal with that? Can you get help? You are rich within and full of
At this diary seems more like a travelogue and an appointment book, but it is interspersed with flights of fancy, the fast gutting of a freshly cooked fish in the deft hands of a geisha, a seminude knife weilding young dark man who emerges from bushes in cambodia, and a festive cremation in Bali. There are wonderful photographs in the center of this book ranging from slightly uncomfortable shots of her posing with locals in her travels through asia to a portrait with her frou frou puppy Piccolin ...more
Mar 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Although I like Anais quite alot, this book was not as interesting to me as other books of hers, such as Vol. 2 of her diary, and Henry & June.
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Jul 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
why couldn't i have been one of her lovers. ...more
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As writer, woman, feminist, emotionally struggling throughout her entire life...peace.
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French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is

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  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944
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