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Anais Nin began a letter to her father, on the ship that carried her, her mother and brothers, away from him, away from Europe and to New York City. The letter was never sent (her mother did not think it appropriate), but instead developed into a diary she would continue to keep for decades. In this volume we meet Anais Nin living just outside of Paris with her husband, banker Hugh Guiler (who is barely visible in the diary, a point of contention for many who did not know that this was at his request). She has just published her study of DH Lawrence and is about to meet Henry Miller and his fascinating wife June (Nin's descriptions of June are among the most beautiful portions of her work). Her father soon reenters her life. This is a very exciting time in her life!Read more ›
Yes, I know this will be marked down as unhelpful. I do that to less than positive reviews too. But I am a disappointed fan.
Volume 1 of Nin's diary, covering 1931-34, was published in the late 1960s when Henry Miller, her lover during the time period covered by this volume and Hugo Guiler, Anais's first husband (whom she never divorced) were both still alive. As a consequence, there are many omissions and edits for the sake of discretion. Those omissions were revealed when _Henry and June_, also taken from Nin's diaries, was published after the death of all protagonists.
Consequently, a volume that appears to be frank and honest upon a first reading looks somewhat less so when compared with the alternative version contained in _Henry and June_, which contains material expurgated from the first year of this volume. Confused yet?
The more Anais Nin slips away from us, the more we seek her. When reading this volume I come to believe that there is something to be said for Nin's position that she sought to portray a deeper psychological truth and the objective facts were less important.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a wonderful narrative. She is allowing you into her world and her psyche. Amazingly deep insights on life and herself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lou Ann Stowell
Anias Nin writes beautifully. There may be omissions or bending of truth, but her words will take you on a mesmerizing journey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D. Thrush, writer
if you like her fiction--better yet, if you love passages of her fiction--this is for you. Or even if you don't. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christina M. Ward
Practically new for a being a "used" copy. I love these volumes! I can't recommend Anais Nin's Diaries enough!Published 12 months ago by Joe Marin