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Henry ja June

(From "A Journal of Love" #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10,161 ratings  ·  588 reviews
Tõsielusündmustel põhinev päevikuformaadis romaan Henry ja June on erootiline, detailirohke ja avameelne üleskirjutus Anaïs Nini seksuaalsest eneseavastusest.

Teos käsitleb ühte aastat (19311932) naise elust, mil ta armub kirjanik Henry Milleri loomingusse ja tema abikaasa Junei rabavasse ilusse. Kui June lahkub Pariisist ja suundub New Yorki, saab alguse Henry ja Anaïsi
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Paperback, Estonian, 344 pages
Published 2019 by Postimees Kirjastus (first published 1986)
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Teresa Jusino
Aug 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: readandreviewed
How does one review published diaries? According to literary merit? Though Anais Nin is a beautiful, insightful writer, I feel strange talking about her "writing style" when discussing a section of her journal. What I will talk about instead is the way that books often come into your life at a time when you need them. It happened to me once with 1984 (when I needed to crystalize exactly why writing was so important to me), then again with Everything is Illuminated (when I needed to be encouraged ...more
Molly
Oct 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Molly by: Book club - Abby
Dear Anaïs,
You think too much. You need to act your age. Get a job. Honor your marriage vows or get a divorce.
You're like a teenager with a tattered, doodled spiral-bound notebook and a Starbucks prepaid account app.
Or like one of our modern day hipsters, a trustafarian thinking you're so edgy in your ragged velvet dress with the holes in the elbows, going against convention in dive cafés and being bicurious with the friend du jour.
You're not deep. Or avant-garde. You're just
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Luís C.
The fear of reality and its tearing

The writing of Anaïs Nin has an intoxicating force, it comes from a long daily practice, the keeping of his diary touches closer to his emotions and offers us an "authenticity" that does not have the fiction. She evokes the deception of literature: "We read books and we expect life to be just as full of interest and intensity. And, of course, it is not."
She analyzes with keenness, her search for total love, the passion in what she has of destruction and change,
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Gabrielle
I can't remember the first time I read Nin's short stories; I was probably technically a bit too young for that kind of stuff (my mom left all her books laying around and did not really believe in hiding the R-rated material), but I also feel weirdly lucky I was exposed to her writing early because it clearly influenced my ideas about sex in (what I believe to be) a positive way. Her emphasis on sensuality, her honesty and frankness about the beautiful and complicated emotions that go with sex, ...more
Kelly Wondracek
Henry and June is the type of journal that makes me want to highlight passage after passage...since journals so often have the types of personal reflections that are hard to achieve in pure fiction.

I did get bored with it fast, though. Maybe because after the first few instances of lust, jealousy, psychoanalysis, and then more lust, jealousy, and psychoanalysis, it was pretty much the same events and observations repeating themselves in different forms. But then again, journals arent supposed
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Khush
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book I love reading. I am delighted to find Anais Nin. She is extraordinary.

Her writing is brilliant or shall I say terrific. She writes short sentences packed with meaning. I trust her voice completely. There are no back thoughts. She is writing for herself. One can easily sense this in short, crisp and beautifully worded sentences. While reading this book, I also felt that this could easily be a novel.

At times, her writing, in certain parts of her journals, reminds me of D.
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Ana
I can't get enough of her. She is such a complex woman, I identify with so much of her intelect, with her hunger for love and with her powerfully erotic self, every page I read I find something else that applies so well to my life in this moment, my relationships, that it scares me. Reading her diaries is a very personal experience for me.

LATER EDIT: I have very strong opinions on what a woman should be like, and I strive to live up to them. More than being a way in which I think the "world"
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Kata
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anais Nin has been an idol of mine for a long time. There are few women of literary stature which I find relatable. As a young reader I cherished Judy Bloom. As an adult woman, I was thrilled to read Anais Nin. Intelligent, witty and sexually provocative.

I admire her supreme linguistic talent. Her writing, in whtever form, always maintains a powerful poetic lexicon. She made love most fervently when she held the pen in her hand. This excerpt from her personal journal is so very intimate, flux
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Kris Kipling
Is Anais Nin a good writer? Ought we take her seriously? Apparently some do, but the description on the back of the Penguin edition about sums up this book, culled from the "unexpurgated" diaries of Ms. Nin during the period in which writer Henry Miller and his wife June Masefield figure large on her horizon: it is a "compelling account of a woman's sexual and emotional awakening." If you don't groan at that charmless phrase, variations of which are so thoughtlessly used to describe any risque ...more
Kelly
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nin, french, non-fiction


I've read "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds", which I enjoyed, but until I read this I had not realized what an incredible writer Nin is. I also thought it was really interesting to see Henry Miller through her eyes... I have read Miller's "Tropic of Cancer", which i really enjoyed, which is very harsh and honest, but this sort of gives you a different perspective of him. I truly think she is a brilliant writer and am looking forward to reading more of her work.
Lis
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
While reading this I was thinking that Anais is a narcissistic bitch, which I don't really necessarily hold against her. I'm sure it makes reading her journals more interesting than it would be otherwise. On one hand she comes off as so egotistical, spending the majority of her pages on how wonderful other people think she is. "Oh, you are so beautiful... you are so wonderful... I love you more than I could ever love another woman... you are everything to me..." So on and so forth. On the other ...more
Marcie
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love this book more than I can say. I read the entire book from cover to cover in my early twenties and recently have been slowly going back through it with a pencil (something I've never dared do to a book before).

It's not a book for everybody and I can totally understand why many people don't enjoy it. I certainly don't agree with everything Anais says or does, she definitely wallows in self-pity and self-righteousness, and she is frequently a walking contradiction to herself, but it is a
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Hannah
Holy. Crap. For lack of better words.

This book took me (what?) three months to finish? Maybe more? It all muddled together in one mess of hot emotions...and after having finished it just a moment ago, the only time between being me turning on the computer in a flustered rush and logging in. And I'm shocked I finished it even that quickly. I felt possessed in reading this, dominated and entirely taken over in Anaïs Nin and her life...a life which is certainly unlike others, to say the least.

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Rachel
Apr 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having first read this book at the age of 22, I have to say that my perspective on it 7 years later is dramatically different. I did not experience the profound liberation that I did when reading Henry & June the second time around. I once considered Nin to be a strong, sexually heroic figure, but now my opinion is that, during this time of her life, she was mostly confused, self-destructive and pawned her behavior off on the idea of naivity. Don't get me wrong, I feel that the love she ...more
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Oh wow, what a tale this one is and what an amazing personality Anaïs Nin is. The writing is beautiful and her observations and descriptions are top notch. The only reason this gets 4 stars is due to the amount of repetition in the book. I know that this could be construed as unfair since its a diary and this is probably the way events occurred, but it did get tiring after a while.
Roman Clodia
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last night I wept. I wept because the process by which I have become woman was painful. I wept because I was no longer a child with a child's blind faith. I wept because my eyes were opened to reality - to Henry's selfishness, to June's love of power, my insatiable creativity which must concern itself with others and cannot be sufficient to itself.

You know, I just can't decide whether I empathise with Nin or whether I really find her self-indulgent and narcissistic. These diaries (taken from a
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Stephanie
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sabra Embury
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like orgasming

Reading Henry and June inspired my mind to wander back to all the great hours I shared with one of my favorite lovers. He was really good. In fact, thinking about it right now makes me feel...waaaarmmm.

I'd been trying to wean myself off a chemical dependency I'd acquired--from the smell of my lover's sex sweat. I wanted be attracted to other people who were more emotionally available. So it goes. But my god if Nin's memoir didn't have me writing love letters against my own (usually)better
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Whitney
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
He left me at the Gare St. Lazare last night. I began to write in the train, to balance the seven-leagued-boot leaping of my life with the ant activity of the pen. The ant words rushed back and forth carrying crumbs: such heavy crumbs. Bigger than the ants. "Have you enough heliotrope ink?" Henry asked. I should not be using ink but perfume. I should be writing with Narcisse Noir, with Mitsouko, with jasmine, with honeysuckle. I could write beautiful words that would exhale the potent smell of ...more
Kat
It seems almost vulgar to hand out stars to a published journal, especially Nin's.
As tends to be the case with journals; you cannot ever get enough of indulging in your own thoughts, dreams, fears and daily struggles for as long as you live. While your self-absorbed musings are, harshly enough, far less interesting for everyone else.

Nin wrote dozens of journals. Henry and June covers the ones in which she, in her early thirties, lived outside of Paris with her husband, Hugo, and felt
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N
Sep 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lavish, sexy, captivating... I could go on throwing out adjectives all day, without doing proper justice to how poetic and compelling this book is. Nins descriptions are like being wrapped in satin.

The books central problem, unfortunately, is the same thing that makes it great in the first place: its real. Nins words come from an honest, uncensored place deep inside herself. This makes it a fascinating read, but also a frustrating one. Theres no real storyline; there are no set-pieces to break
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rachel
At the end of the book, Nin wonders something to the effect of whether or not she, Henry, and June are just three giant egos fighting each other for dominance. Although that's simplifying things, my annoyance with this book/her as a person in it was so great that I am tempted to say, "Yes, that's exactly it, good work Anaïs!"

It's a diary, so I shouldn't complain too much, but her vacillations of feeling every ten pages, only to arrive at the same feelings she had before she started to question
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Lydia Barnes
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt weird to give this a star rating... either way it was very good. Anaïs Nin's writing is a wonder.
Peggy
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Through Nin's writing and life she explored the depths of sexuality and passion. Her diaries show that she identified and befriended many writers and artists before they became well-known. She wrote eloquently about the struggle to create in a society where that was not valued, and especially not for women. Her life view was twisted, I have no doubt of that, but her writing takes my breath away at times. She was also a pioneer in the self-publishing "little press" industry when she could not ...more
Rosalía
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The journal entries selected showcasing Anais Nin's affair with Henry and June Miller make any woman inflamed with desire.

So as not to hurt her husband, Anais removed these portions from her diary to be published originally and I can see why. What she wrote here is very sensual and very sexually freeing. I was born and raised Catholic so I was personally sexually repressed and this book opened up a whole new world for me. I had no idea that you could enjoy sex as a woman and that sex could be
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Marissa
May 30, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bohemians everywhere
What have I learned from Henry and June? I have learned that if I am going to have a flaming affair with Henry Miller, to avoid the crap out of his narcissistic, borderline-personality wife June. But that would be a fairly boring diary. After all, what's a diary about 30s Paris without a highly charged emotional and sexual menage?

28 year old Anais Nin yearns for creative and sexual awakening. Her eight year marriage to Hugo Gullier has become stale. Enter, Henry Miller, stage left. Henry is
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Jennie Rogers
Reading Nins exploration of the interior, hidden self has become essential to my own growth & discovery but I am now weary of her narcissism. She cannot have a relationship or even encounter a man without attempting to seduce him *rolls eyes* ...more
Kate
Jul 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
And now I want to read books by and about women that are not shit.
Ceren Uzuner
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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