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No punches are pulled in Henry Miller's most famous work. Still pretty rough going for even our jaded sensibilities, but Tropic of Cancer is an unforgettable novel of self-confession. Maybe the most honest book ever written, this autobiographical fiction about Miller's life as an expatriate American in Paris was deemed obscene and banned from publication in this country for years. When you read this, you see immediately how much modern writers owe Miller.
Starred Review. Millers once controversial story that ended up altering United States censorship laws tells of a young writer and his pals in Paris during the Great Depression. Part memoir, part fictional tale, Millers prose is a complex mix that demands the readers utmost attention. Campbell Scott reads with a gentle, steady voice that captures the more personal side of Millers writing. Scott is in conversation with himself, posing questions and offering up answers apparently on a whim. His reading is incredibly rich and layered, filled with emotions and ideologies. The result is a stunning, intimate listen that will lure listeners in with its straightforward approach and keep them rapt with its raw honesty. (Sept.)
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We read this because it was a "classic" but just because something is old shouldn't make it a classic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by deirdrebeth
I did not read it all but what I did read failed to catch my interest. I had no interest in reading further.Published 2 months ago by Larry Koentopf
Norman Mailer hit the nail on the head when he said that this was one of the ten greatest books of the century.
It is one of my favorites. Read more
The book was unusual for its time because the narrator says exactly what he thinks about women and particularly includes many sexual thoughts using crude terms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by doubter
This is likely the worst book I have ever read through entirely. Had I not felt guilty for paying too much to buy it, I would have stopped reading it a third of the way through. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B
...and he does not nibble earlobes or graze the back of the neck with the finger tips. Sorry ladies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John P. Jones III
My review is for the audio CD read by Campbell Scott who managed to skillfully inhabit the role. The monotonous delivery somehow matched the monotonous themes of the novel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jill Clardy
Campbell Scott made this a boring listen. I think it would have been better served by some older fella with a gravelly voicePublished 8 months ago by Ken McElroy