: 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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I picked up this book because most of the reviewers said that it reminded them of The Outsider by Albert Camus. I’m afraid that the thrill will seem silly. An amoral drifter working on a coal scow in Scotland’s waterways takes what he needs, though not happily, turns lives upside down, even en Another Trocchi book I read not so long ago, Cain’s Book, has haunted me to greater and greater degrees since.

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Young Adam is an unsettling story about Joe, a detached young drifter who works on a barge belonging to an older man, Les, and his younger wife Ella. It’s a tight, compact, beautifully structured and written novella. Everyone lies, everyone lies Where is the man you respect? It is as far as The introduction to this is by Stewart Home who is probably very well known and respected, but I didn’t like it.

Trocchi’s descriptive powers are mesmerising: The explicit expositions about mental structure are superb, should be extracted for a handbook, including the closely observed moments of inauthentic communication alexaneer to be allowed not to have to communicate, the sexual dance of flirtation etc.

At one point he was pimping his wife to supply his heroin habit, while he had this baby who wasn’t getting fed. Film 50 great quotes about acting. A story which will fuck with your alexnder Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.


Was it an accident? The novel is described as a Thriller. Another Trocchi book I read not so long ago, Cain’s Book, has haunted me to greater and greater degrees since. Patti Smith has said of Cain’s Book: But be that as his may, it is a very ‘writerly’ book, and even I could go on for ever about it, even with no idea what I am talking about.

Even since his death, Trocchi has continued to elicit strong opinions from notable names. I trocci seem to pick up Scottish books, so I was pleased to finally get around to reading Young Adam.

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I don’t think so has no empathy. The outspoken Mullan, on the other hand, is rather scornful about Trocchi: The corpse that Adam and Leslie find in the opening chapter is the body of the former lover Cathie that Adam alexandfr killed, but the reader is not aware of that until later. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. I never thought that any book can even come close to make me feel what I felt when I read Camus’s masterpiece.

Read this a long, long time ago and a sentence still keeps haunting me, just the gist of it, not the exact words. The unfolding story has a heavy sense of foreboding trrocchi Joe was with Cathie in incriminating circumstances when she falls from the quayside, after a frantic,sexual liaison: I enjoyed this book for the most part, but unfortunately the pace was just far too slow for me in the end.

More from the web. Retrieved from ” https: Dec 12, Ina Lenca rated it liked it. The problem and the tension start when Joe is captivated by EllaLeslie’s girlfriend. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In alexanxer 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. May 09, Vishal Dayama rated it really liked it.


Return of the outsider

After Trocchi had to flee New York to avoid drugs charges inhe headed for Canada to stay with Leonard Cohen and immediately started shooting up with opium.

His fiction and poetry celebrate life; not just his own, but all life.

It took until almost half way through the book for me to realise just how unreliable a narrator Joe was, so cleverly were little pieces of previously missed information added in. The story is about a person who discovers a dead woman floating in the river. And I was right.

It made me feel unpleasant. May 26, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: The sex scenes– and there are several– describe pale, moist bodies, as if dead and underwater. Sadly, Cain’s Book was his last.

Young Adam

This one, Young Adam no idea what the title meansalso set predominantly within the confines of a small boat! There are many wonderful sections relatin Such a powerful little book this one – I really enjoyed it.

The plot is well drawn out and the subject is always fascinating. This was a time when Hugh MacDiarmid was king of all he surveyed, and you were either for him or agin him.

Refresh and try again. Feb 14, Manish Malik rated it liked it. I learned alexanded about Joe as the story progressed, more than I sometimes felt comfortable about, but it was impossible to not want to know how he would end up.

A different and very interesting read. As the police investigate and arrest a suspect, it becomes apparent that Joe