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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 influential books ... Show synopsis

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  • Just what I wanted May 16, 2013
    by LRB

    I prefer used, hard backed books with a dust jacket. This was exactly as promised and came in less time than originally stated. I dislike the frequent copy editing mistakes in many modern books (sloppy people, very sloppy - I'm talking to the copy editors who depend on spell/grammar check!) and don't like the feel of paperbacks. Alibris is my "go-to" book store whenever I want a classic.

    Now for the book...I read this the first time when it was first published. It got my parents in trouble for allowing their junior-high-aged daughter to read such a novel, I was one of those lucky kids whose parents let me read anything - they figured if I had a question, I'd ask. Re-reading this I got a clearer picture of Miller's novel than when I was younger. It still challenges the reader to follow his thoughts and experiences, but it is also a lucid depiction of the human condition, especially in challenging circumstances. I would encourage anyone to read this novel again, it exercises your brain so much better than any game offered in a television commercial!

  • cigarette smell Apr 12, 2012
    by nonsmoker

    This book arrived in good physical condition as the seller indicated, but it smelled so strongly of cigarette smoke that I could not read it. It made me sick. I will not use this seller again. Strong smell should count against the listed condition of a book. As for the novel, it is a great work. I got a copy from the library and enjoyed it very much. Five stars for the novel.

  • Great Classic Jan 12, 2012
    by Frank H

    Well worth reading (again?). Was it more popular when it was censored. What does that tell us about drugs?

  • I'm in love! Nov 12, 2009
    by Differentname

    After reading Tropic of Cancer I have fallen in love with Henry Miller, and now I read everything that I can get my hands on by him. This book was truly art. If Salvador Dali was a writer, this is what he would have created. It was wonderfully surreal.

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