Cain’s Book has ratings and 33 reviews. MJ said: Trocchi’s final and most fêted work (apart from the odds-and-ends poetry shambles, Man at Leisure, a. So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is. Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi – book cover, description, publication history.

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My guess is much more than Trocchi ever made for anything–or everything–he ever wrote.

Cain’s Book: Alexander Trocchi: Calder Publications

Trocchi’s book subverts all of this. Once a junkie always a junkie. I would say it was just alright. Show 25 25 50 All. Many people praise the language and his power of description, which This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but Boook must say I don’t see the appeal.

He drifts, and these parts of the book bracketed by the onshore world of copping, shooting, negotiating, copping, shooting, become strangely beautiful.

Here there was the energy of a piece of pocket lint.

Cain’s Book

I did think the book stands up very well to the test of time. Open Preview See a Problem? He got busted for drugs—not only using but dealing.


When he thought of it he thought of destiny and he felt himself without will. Young Adam, of course, was turned into a successful film starring Ewan McGregor, and helped to raise the author’s boo perception a little. I was reminded of Beckett and the way the element of time got bounced around—now here now there now somewhere else. This book wasn’t at all what I expected. May 14, Alesander Babenco rated it it was amazing.

All this to say that junkie lit has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty and Csin comic. The war had finished that one off—in spades. Mar 04, Madan rated it it was amazing. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

After that not much. Today at this zlexander it is still afternoon, and the sun, striking the cinderblocks of the main building of the works has turned them pink. I read a few bits and pieces.

Feb 03, Donna rated it it was amazing. Alexqnder was a blurb on the cover: Feb 25, Aaron rated it liked it. Low brown and green countryside, low bridges.

He was a drug addict and a pinball addict. So I stumbled across references to this book in two other books I just finished which reminded me to add to my shelf. Nov 25, Ryan Williams rated it did troccho like it. He attended the university, married young and had two children.


The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

Completely unorthadox in every way! You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Trocchi as I say was a master con artist who by this time had burned half a dozen publishers for advances but not Seaver over at Grove, who knew his can and kept him on a short leash.

Although billed as the British counterpart to Burroughs’ Junky, the book suffers from the comparison. French Connection 2, Panic in Needle Park, Trainspotting, the dirty cottons of William Burroughs’ oeuvre, and so on, nod off along various parts of this continuum and we know every station of this cross. May 14, John rated it liked it.