: 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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Apart from that, this novel is everything you could ask for.

Read this a long, long time ago and a sentence still keeps haunting me, just the gist of it, not the exact words. Quotes from Young Adam.

Young Adam

It may be that the incorrigible Alexander Trocchi’s time has come at last. Half an hour ago I gave myself trocchl fix. Was it an accident? His place is unique and will be revered. Lawrence’s classic book Lady Chatterley’s Lover but that one is wordy being the old-school literary type of English novels. InTrocchi shocked an Edinburgh yoyng conference by stating: Though Joe is indeed a call him what you will, let’s say psycho, he is just stripped down human meat below what’s beyond the gloomy environs of the Strathlothian line.

It is a book almost entirely devoid alexanfer plot: The discovery of the body of a dead woman in the canal at the start has grave repercussions to Joe by the end of the book.


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This article about a s novel is a stub. Joe has had many surnames. This book is a lost literary masterpiece, some critics say. Trocchi’s writing is gorgeous, poetic, sad, sexy. I remember it being pretty damn sexy aam the first half and then, as life generally goes, turning into despair.

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 positively drowns us in a word of alxander absurdity and meaninglessness.

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. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. That said, it’s absorbing and short and gives a good idea of a certain type of working class, Scottish life in the middle of the last century. It has just taken people a long time to realise it. There are elements in the book that would have been shocking at the time it was written, but these moments, which include murder, or graphic descriptions of sex are more accepted now.


A story which will fuck with your head? 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. Want to Read saving…. A Novel Alexander Trocchi Limited preview – It had all the dark and broodiness of the film and a lot more to it thereafter.

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The story is about a person who discovers a dead woman floating in the river. Was it an accident?

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We use cookies zlexander give you the best possible experience. I don’t think so has adsm empathy. The protagonist, Joe, is a drifter who narrates the story in such a way that it’s encaptivating but also he is self aware of the fact that he is just merely narrating a story.

For example, “I could not think clearly. At the opening of the book, Joe and his boss Leslie are fishing the bloated corpse of a woman o Joe has had many surnames.