- Publisher: Grove/Atlantic (1994)
- ASIN: B002VH3AMK
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tropic of Cancer (Paperback) Paperback – 1994
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Written in 1934, 'Tropic of Cancer' is still profane and funny -80 years haven't diluted it any-proving I guess Miller's idea that mankind and his desires have never changed; only the organs that stifle alter from age to age. Possibly the only thing that dates this novel to any extent is the attitude to women, who are no more than objects to go to bed with.
What drags this book down a little are the lengthy purple patches where Miller philosophises on freedom; on the need for humans to enjoy everything in the human spectrum from the base (sex with syphilis ) to the highest forms of art-ideas that have been better expounded upon by Guide and Sartre amongst others, being a French school philosophy-but which-for me- always falls down and implodes of its own contradictions and paradoxes. To have absolute freedom is total poverty or freedom from the weight of social etiquette the answer? How much destruction of anothers freedom do you commit in order to sate your own desires of freedom ?(Miller's sex object only women; young boys for pederasts) But all this is for idle debate in a bar or classroom !
This book would have gained from editing out a lot of these purple moments, but even so, you will always have the very funny "adventures of" passages and can see the foundations of the modern novel abound. More than worth it for that.
If you're one of those sensitive types, the kind of person who likes to take the self-righteous holier-than-thou moral high ground, you may not be able to look past the lewd behavior in this book. Then again, you may not have the intellectual capacity to handle the real meat and potatoes of this book anyway. This isn't Naked Lunch. This book actually has something worth saying.
If you aren't a prude, I couldn't recommend this book more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was missing the first 67 pages.
Not what would be expected.
It's like being forced to listen to a crazy person with Tourette's who is screaming stream-of-consciousness nonsense at the post office. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bellingham Bookworm
Wanted it just because I knew Henry, Eve, Val and Tony when I was a child.Published 11 months ago by Hunny
The cover is not what is displayed and the book is falling apart. Aside from appearances, it is entirely legible and I'm happy to add it to my library.Published 13 months ago by Anna