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by Alexander Trocchi,Richard Seaver,Greil Marcus

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Author: Alexander Trocchi,Richard Seaver,Greil Marcus
Language: English
ISBN: 0802133142
ISBN13: 978-0802133144
Publisher: Grove Press; 2nd edition (November 11, 1993)
Pages: 252
Category: Contemporary
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 187
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ePub file: 1254 kb
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Cain's Book is Trocchi's self-reflexive look at his life as a junky. The introduction's for my copy, by Greil Marcus and Richard Seaver, are two of the most dismissive, pessimistic book intros I've read.

Cain's Book is Trocchi's self-reflexive look at his life as a junky. They both read as lamentations of what could have been, what Trocchi could have written. Cain's Book is what he wrote, one of the few finished, long writings we have of his. Marcus and Seaver say the years of heroin addiction blunted his brilliance. And this is probably true. But, because of the heroin, he wrote Cain's Book.

Author Alexander Trocchi’s muse was drugs-but in this novel, he does not romanticize the source of his inspiration. If the experience of heroin, of the fix, is central to Cain’s Book, both its destructive force and the possibilities it holds for creativity are recognized and accepted without apology. An un-self-forgiving existentialism, rendered with writerly exactness and muscularity, set this novel apart from all others of the genre.

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Cain’s Book first published in US by Grove Atlantic in 1960. First published in Great Britain by John Calder (Publishers) in 1963.

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Cain's Book is a 1960 novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. A roman à clef, it details the life of Joe Necchi, a heroin addict and writer, who is living and working on a scow on the Hudson River in New York. The book alternates between Necchi/Trocchi's attempts to score and flashbacks to his experiences as a child in Glasgow, and later as a young man in London and Paris.

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Trocchi, Alexander, 1925-1984. Cain's book, Alexander Trocchi ; foreword by Greil Marcus ; introduction by Richard Seaver. New York : Grove Press, c1992.

This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York. Joe’s world is the half-world of drugs and addicts—the world of furtive fixes in sordid Harlem apartments, of police pursuits down deserted subway stations. Junk for Necchi, however, is a tool, freely chosen and fully justified; he is Cain, the malcontent, the profligate, the rebel who lives by no one’s rules but his own. Like DeQuincey and Baudelaire before him, Trocchi’s muse was drugs. But unlike his literary predecessors, in his roman a clef, Trocchi never romanticizes the source of his inspiration. If the experience of heroin, of the “fix,” is central to Cain’s Book, both its destructive force and the possibilities for creativity it creates are recognized and accepted without apology.
Wilalmaine
Cain's Book is Trocchi's self-reflexive look at his life as a junky. The introduction's for my copy, by Greil Marcus and Richard Seaver, are two of the most dismissive, pessimistic book intros I've read. They both read as lamentations of what could have been, what Trocchi could have written. Cain's Book is what he wrote, one of the few finished, long writings we have of his. Marcus and Seaver say the years of heroin addiction blunted his brilliance. And this is probably true. But, because of the heroin, he wrote Cain's Book. That doesn't make the abuse "right" or make Trocchi a hero, someone who deserves a higher status for his willingness to go all the way with drugs--no more than it makes the Beats heroes, or any of the hundreds of alcoholic writers. But it's part of the creation. Here, with Cain's Book, we have the shell.

Trocchi was a brilliant, talented writer. He was a heroin addict. The two are separate and one. The two melded and made Cain's Book.
Hidden Winter
As a matter of serious concern regards this rare jewel in the lotus THIS BOOK BEARS NO COMPARISON WITH W.S.BURROUGH"S "JUNKY" which in WSB's words is merely an attempt at hard-boiled detective work by an addict; not (!) a serious literary work aiming at anything besides getting down on paper the quite dull exoteric truth about what is perhaps the hardest job in a world of unmanagable professional addictions being that narcotic hell of withdrawal and the constant 24 hour a day big business of NARCOTICS, best summed up as "the high-cost of low-life living" WSB was lucky enough to be able to partially support his ape-size habit via an inheritance...ALL of WSB's other works(besides "Queer") ruthlessly explore and expose the world run rampant by CONTROL, with NARCOTIC ADDICTION as metaphor for all planetary existence...which is more along the tracks of Cosmonaut ALEXANDER TROCCHI intentions (and success), who I predict will one day like WSB become a more public legend, which his miraculous and exemplary life and works are worthy of...his metaphysical pornographic erotica is the stuff of such legends already (see White Thighs, Young Adam, Thongs) the blood of which is rushing to the center of literary underground stardom making hard the various body parts of so many seekers after the darker side of beat exploration...'The Beat Generation" was once summed up by themselves as "The ability of standing on a streetcorner in any foriegn city in the world and being able to score in a relatively short amount of time"...Alex Trocchi was such a man and it is in this sense along with the people he knew that he bears relation to beat objectives (the objectives of critics, not the worldwide artisians themselves) Trocchi was a world phenonemon, carousing the globe always artistic and ever active...he is a supreme example of one whose life WAS their art, and if there is any blame laid against him for being a junky for the greater part of his existence then I merely refer those people to the couple hundred thousand or so heroin addicts of the terrestial globe and ask them to account for what art they have produced to match in quality (not quantity) what Trocchi has done with just Cain's Book alone (with "ABLE" beaten to a pulp fiction novel decaying in some distant outhouse being put to use in its ultimate function) I've re-read the novel several times and found myself under its influence, literally tasting the cyanide-like flavor explode in my mouth as when he describes how junkies love to watch others get high by the almost nauseous wave when the eyes slit and the jaw drops to the floor and they say "hit" (given of course they have theirs marked out by two little x's already positioned in pupils the size of a matchtips)...the books descriptions of heroin's gripping obsessive way of life in no way sum up this masterpiece of novel narcotica literature; rare feats of prose are planted like explosives all over the text and the sense of people and place is overwhelming in it's strict realist description of very sober prose revealing more than just poetics, but Trocchi's philosophy itself inside the narrative...I think Trocchi's greatest gift is his utter SINCERITY---which is the first judgement to be made of so intimate a subject as a man's sufferings in the Dostoevskian underground arena Trocchi inhabited the planet over...It is in a very great and noble tradition Trocchi participates in, literary references abounding throughout; the foremost in my mind being the comparison with Kafka's "Burrow", the relation of such a secret underground way of life dictated by fear, in this case fear of running out of dope primarily, along with all human fear, including the "lack for nothing" of existential hells...As regards Trocchi's false qualifications concerning fame, suffice it to say he was chums with Beckett, Burroughs,Ginsberg,everybody associated with the Olympia Press===champion pioneer publishers of Naked Lunch, Tropic of Cancer, on and on goes the list like some supreme stripper teasing the pant(ies)s off the literary establishment---just read the quotes on back of the book and you will get an idea of how influential Cain's Book has been in the life and works of all variety of literary genius, the famous among the famous, and rightly-so, as one cannot champion such rare integrity in a master enough. Once you've gotten your literary fix with this one find an edition of "Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds" for more, as well as "Alexander Trocchi: The Makings Of A Monster" which is a biography of his exemplary existence. Like Burroughs, Artaud, Crowley, Baudelaire, Witkacy, Alex Trocchi's writing on drugs in reference to his autobiographically lived life and subsequent works, are famous not just amongst artists but are devoured by addicts as well, and in some cases, both. Such was the man that he is still getting total strangers HIGH worldwide.
Windworker
I came across this book through a friend, just looking for some quick fiction to read. And it was a quick read- but also one of the best books i have ever read. But don't think of this as Junky II. You will probably be disappointed. Not because it isn't as good, It may even be better, but Trocchi's style is completely different than Burroughs'. I felt Junky was missing something when i read it, like a part of me was unsatisfied even though the rest of me totally dug the book. After reading Cain's Book i realized what it was. Burroughs tells you the straight dope on heroin (pun intended,) in a straight style- but Trocchi absolutely glorifies it, justifies it, and turns being a heroin addict into an act of poetry. His meticulous attention to detail and description combined with an unbelievable talent for contorting the english language into prose so distorted yet completely enthralling, turns heroin from an object, as i felt it was depicted in Junky, into a character.. The book turns out to be a complete document of what it is to feel alienated. Not to mention that Trocchi also writes some of the best sex i have ever had. If you have ever hated the world, or yourself, you need to read this book.
Micelhorav
Alexander Trocchi's first novel was an interesting work that differed from his later novels, yet displayed his innovative style. While comparisons to Burrrough's are inevitable, this shows drug addicts from another point of view. Trocchi was able to create very interesting characters, especially that of the father in the story, perhaps one of the best descriptions of a character ever. The story is very interesting at first but runs out of steam in the middle, and is able to pick it up somewhat in the end. Leonard Cohen acknowledged this book as an influence on his experimental novel Beautiful Losers. Well worth the read if you are a fan of the genre, but not the place to start.
Worla
The sporadic bursts of description are luscious, but what hits me is his lucid analysis of America's growth-stunted approach to drugs and addicts. A truth teller.
Heri
Written 40 years ago in New York's Greenwich Village, the incandescent, internationalist Scotsman Trocchi takes the reader on a visceral ride much like Burrough's "Junkie." A Beat classic.
Gir
This book is different from the other books of Trocchi's that I have read. The others have dealt more specifically with sex.
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