The Tropic of Cancer will blow your mind. It will feel like a breath of fresh air. It will also make you question the course of your life. Are you ready?
I had never read Henry Miller, an American-born author, born in 1891. Strange, whatever book I read these days, I think I read it at the right time. But Henry Miller is such an author that whenever you read his books, you will always feel as if you have read them at the right time.
I felt the need to stop and think while I read Tropic of Cancer. Miller’s words go down like a whip on ones face. Since there is not a bit of fear and abstinence, all that you cannot say is falling down on you.
Of course, it is not surprising that the book was banned for a time in America and England. When the ban was lifted, this excellent book has taken its place among the cult books. The Tropic of Cancer has been widely criticised for misogyny, the abundance of sex scenes, and so on.
About the book: Tropic of Cancer
Shocking, banned and the subject of obscenity trials, Henry Miller’s first novel Tropic of Cancer is one of the most scandalous and so influential books of the twentieth century — new to Penguin Modern Classics with a cover by Tracey Emin
Tropic of Cancer redefined the novel. Set in Paris in the 1930s, it features a starving American writer who lives a bohemian life among prostitutes, pimps, and artists. Ban in the US and the UK for more than thirty years because it was consider pornographic. Tropic of Cancer continue to be distribute in France and smuggled into other countries. When it was first published in the US in 1961, it led to more than 60 obscenity trials until a historic ruling by the Supreme Court defined it as a work of literature. Long hailed as a truly liberating book, daring and uncompromising, Tropic of Cancer is a cornerstone of modern literature that asks us to reconsider everything we know about art, freedom, and morality.
Henry Valentine Miller was an American writer. He was know for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new type of semi-autobiographical novel. That blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, stream of consciousness. Explicit language, sex, surrealist free association, and so mysticism.
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