: Young Adam (Oneworld Modern Classics) (): Alexander Trocchi: Books. Alexander Trocchi, the author of Cain’s Book and Young Adam, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in During the s and s he lived mainly in Paris . So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is.

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And yet the film of Young Adam will inevitably arouse interest in the author who inspired alexanfer. Alexander Trocchi – Canongate Books. It was difficult to rate this.

In the Scotland of the s, Joe is a loner who aimlessly wanders the countryside, sleeping with whatever woman is to hand, despite his apparent lack of charm or other attractiveness. Ignore the “beat generation novel” label because who cares anyway Its painterliness is of sounds too, and white gusts of wet adaam rain.

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It took until almost half way through the book for me to realise just how unreliable a narrator Joe was, so adzm were little pieces of previously missed information added in. Print Hardcover and Paperback. A brilliantly crafted novel, with a creeping sense of dread from the first page to the last.

Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I think he is wrong. Everything got in the way the faces, the voices, the grease-spot on the barman’s yonug, the hair on his pink arms, and his shiny yellow-white collar.

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He is best known for Cain’s Book and Young Adam. I’ve always found the Beats quite magnetic – the work itself, and the muscular element of the writing, not just the mystique. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This is the original book which inspired the film of the same title.


The stories of his wild and tragic life are infamous and extensively documented in many of the leading “swinging 60s” biographies Marianne Faithfull ‘s account of doing drugs with Trocchi is one of the best.

I recently found it, putting my books on shelves in my new apartment and am reading it again to find that one line. This page was last edited on 5 Aprilat There is an incident where the narrator throws a bowl full custard on his wife, spanks her and rapes her maybe?

I liked controversial reads – something which I’m not so keen about now although now and then that little spark does rear it’s head and i’ll buy something frocchi bit risque.

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The outspoken Mullan, on the other hand, is rather scornful about Trocchi: It obviously stays with you. Feb 23, Ben added it. Return to Book Page.

However, the content is two star stuff. He is obsessive in his sexual needs until he has made his conquests, then his interest has piqued and he must go on to pastures new, drifting again, looking for the next experience to come to him, simply by his mingling with those trocchi to him.

Today at this time it is still afternoon, and the sun, striking the cinderblocks of the main building of the works has turned them pink. I had forgotten all about this particular little novel. Here, the narrator who is working on a barge going down a Scottish canal falls for the skipper’s wife. It’s a tight, compact, beautifully structured and written novella. It is not that he is such an outsider, aleexander is youngg romantic label he gives himself, but rather that he becomes an observer, one who is unable to act responsibly even when he feels he should.


So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi ‘s incredible novel of existential dread. I believe he died of a heroin overdose.

I watched his Adam’s apple move up and down as he spoke” p. In a sense, it recalls a time when the industrial landscape and transport networks were changing enough for this to be at the end of an era. A Novel Alexander Trocchi Limited preview – Forth and Clyde Canal, ScotlandScotland No trivia or quizzes yet.

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Rebel Inc books were cultish and dangerous. He is driven by his desires, predominantly sexual, towards the women around him and he is initially obsessed with Ella, the wife of the bargeman whom he works with. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of You would be mistaken to think that Trocchi intends him as a hero. It is often as if he is another person viewing this life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The barge alexaneer small enough to hide the sexual escapades and soon they’ll eventually be found out.