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. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and .

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There is no plot.

Better World Books Condition: It provides the police with something to do, and as junkies and potheads are relatively easy to apprehend because they have to take so many chances to get hold of their drugs, a heroic police can make spectacular arrests, lawyers can do a brisk business, judges can make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can sell millions of copies.

All this to say that junkie lit has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty and Veronica comic. At some point, in London, he got into business—selling books.

Cain’s Book: Alexander Trocchi: Calder Publications

I would say Trocchi is like methadone where Welsh is like pure Persian White. The bottom line is that it is supremely well written, as near as words can get to inhabiting flesh.

But here he was living on a barge, scoring for dope and trying to write a novel—Cains Book. The action such can it is revolves entirely around Joe and his fellow junkies shooting dope or, when they are not doing that, running around in a frazzled state trying to score for dope.


The dustjacket of this novel has wear, tear and marking. Xain the dust jacket. He keeps himself in dope and replaces the crucifixion with the work on the scows where he is is towed out to the sea to sit adrift with just enough until the he is returned to the harbour.

Cain’s Book by Trocchi, Alexander

There is no plot in this novel, but more of a series of commentary on life as it is lived. It describes with an eye for detail the rituals of heroin, the cooking up and the search for a acin vein.

There is a long tear along the centre of the dj front cover from the spine edge to the middle of the cover. As a person who tends more towards trocchu and story, I can see why this book may appeal to someone else, but not to me.

Cain’s Book

A remarkable novel by just about any standard. It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society.

But it is pain in the arse and we wonder at the impertinence of governments which by my own experience and that of my father and his father before him have consistently done everything in their power to make individuals treat the world situation lightly, that they should frown on the violence of my imagination—which is a sensitive responsive instrument—and set their damn police on me who has not stirred from this room for 15 years except to cop shit.


Thus, I suppose, many of its readers will never get to read it.

Yes, horror of horrors, ccain do have sex, sometimes frequently, and they do take drugs. Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. 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.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

When I write I have trouble with my tenses. To ask other readers questions about Cain’s Bookplease sign up. Slight rubbing to edges otherwise in excellent condition. He had the writing gift and he had the hustling gift.

Book is clean and tight with only minor edgewear, small area of minor foxing to inside front cover, inside back cover, verso of last blank page, and light tanning all-edges. Russell Books Ltd Published: Inside is tanned and half title page had price in pencil, you may want to ask for a photo trkcchi book. This article about a s novel is a stub. It is now just after five in the afternoon. Trocchi’s book subverts all of this. Inside the condition is as new throughout with trocchu white, clean, clear pages.

I have a horror cian committing fraud. I remember Geo getting busted.