: 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 even if she were the mistress of one of them, I had created the thing for which I felt the sense of loss and it was not anyone else’s to be enjoyed.

Where’s the woman you love? It is a book almost entirely devoid of plot: Was it an accident? This one is the modern type: Trocchi had kids who got in the way of his writing, so he left.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Well, a bit of it was here and there, but to call it an existential novel wouldn’t be fair to Alexander Trocchi mostly because he never aimed it to be one. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Something which I agree with. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

This needs some context. Will I read it now? HeinemannFirst UK edition cover.

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Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi

Joe has had many surnames. InTrocchi shocked an Edinburgh writers’ conference by stating: And because of the great film I read the book which was just as good. As an aside, I find it crazy that Trocchi also wrote several novels marketed as erotica before losing all interest in fiction to heroin: Trocchi was an unrepentant drug addict for much of his adult afam. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction torcchi developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper.

Sunday 30 December 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.

One day they find the corpse of a young woman floating in the canal, and very soon afterwards Joe begins having an affair troccni Leslie’s wife Ella. Alexander Trocchi made a grand debut in with his Helen and Desire.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

The reason everyone would be able to somehow relate to his feelings is because Joe seemed like one of us. Such arrivals fulfill three functions; they come to represent their time, they change what will follow, and, often brutally, they kill what had preceded them.

A great short story alexandfr many themes and aspects to keep me thinking for a long while yet. I also really enjoyed the fact that the majority of the setting was in Glasgow – it always gives me a good feeling to hear of streets, parks, and other locations that I am personally familiar with. Which one would he chose? I learned more 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.

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It is now just after five in the afternoon. However, the content is two star stuff. He was no model citizen; he abandoned his children because they interfered with his writing and later put his wife on the street to support his drug habit.

Dec 12, Ina Lenca rated it liked it. They create difficult situations and respond to cause with resignation, moving on from one life to another as others impact on their homes, relationships and economic circumstances.

The ending trocchii in some ways a turnaround from my expectations so this was a good and unexpected thing and took away some of the earlier discomfort and unease I felt. Sadly, Cain’s Book was his last.