- Hardcover: 316 pages
- Publisher: John Calder, London (1964)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0000CM0H4
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,985,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tropic of Capricorn. Hardcover – Import, 1964
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The point of this review is just to give some notes about whether this particular Kindle version is worth getting. I was worried, because other cheap kindle editions have had major formatting errors.
This one, however, is 100% readable and fairly nicely formatted. There are a couple mistakes here and there, but nothing that would prevent this edition from being worth buying.
Miller's two tropics - CANCER AND CAPRICORN- are essentially manuals for the creative life. They present Miller's transformation from lay-schmuck working in the belly of the beast that is the American economy - jobs such as his position with the Western Union Telegraph company, which he refers to as the "Cosmococcic / Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company" - to his evolution as en expatriate writer living in Paris. The books are really designed to be read together to magnify the metamorphosis, the rite of passage. While CANCER chronicles the latter portion of Miller's experience abroad, the prequel, CAPRICORN, written five years later in 1939, is the more developed and more seminal of the two and elucidates with much greater detail the affects of his epiphany.
Most artists will immediately recognize the struggle Miller endures. Married to the "wrong" woman and with a young child in tow - a relationship which he finds stifling to his creative development - Miller faces tenable employment situations to support this life. Those jobs he does find do little to allow him to prosper; rather he finds himself as a cog on a wheel of Hell. His transformation from the morass of what society deems sound and true is painful. Anyone who has ever made such sacrifices to pursue the unspoken dreams to create from what grows inside of them will sympathize with Miller's dilemma. To pursue a life of an artist is frightening enough: to do it behind the rancorous veil of the American dream is horrifying.Read more ›
In this semi-autobiographical novel, Miller gives us a glimpse into the breakdowns and revelations that brought him from the streets of Brooklyn and onto the pages of literature. From his first word, we follow him on the road to discovering his world and bringing to life the writer within. Through his free-flowing prose and vivid scenery we follow Henry from his many sexual exploits to the dark sided humor of life as only seen through his maddened eyes. This book is one of the few that truly changed my views of life and my purpose.
If you have any taste like my own and the life of Henry Miller intrigues you to no end then definitely pick up Tropic of Capricorn. Like a morsel of bread to a starving man, Capricorn only left me hungrier for more Miller to chew on. Other books I adore are, of course, Quiet Days in Clichy, Tropic of Cancer by Miller, The Losers' Club by Richard Perez
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Could it be because everything nowadays is so out in the open?
Could it be that sexuality today makes this novel’s sex ridiculously outdated and sparse in comparison? Read more
This is an edgy novel, especially considering the era in which it was written. A first-person POV. To me it appeared to be mostly a train of thought, a word dump expressing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by intrepid70
Oddly arranged, and strangely strung together, but once I managed to get into the peculiar rhythm of Miller's flow, I was nothing less than enchanted. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Madame Bête Noire
I bought it because I thought it was an American Classic that I had missed. I think its popularity was only the fact that it had been banned. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Harry G. Hall
A book which begins with an angry rant about the "senselessness of life." That's what Tropic of Capricorn amounts to. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jacques Laroque
The book could use some judicious editing. Long sections of pointlessly disgusting material are juxtaposed with poetic writing of soaring beauty. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Vernal R.
Meh. Is this considered an important book merely because it was banned? I have concluded, after several tries, that I'm just not that fond of Henry Miller.Published 12 months ago by J.Elvis