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: 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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Its painterliness is of sounds too, and white gusts of wet not rain. As the police investigate and arrest a suspect, it becomes apparent that Joe knew the dead woman and has more information than he’s telling. The release next year of the Young Adam film, directed by Scottish film-maker David Mackenzie, whose The Last Great Wilderness has its premiere at Edinburgh this month, will provide a better chance for Canongate to market Trocchi’s work.

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Over the course of a year round about it became a challenge to seek them out so I gave up. A story which will fuck with your head? As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trcchi addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered.

You would be mistaken to think that Trocchi intends him as a hero.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

Apexander maybe it was revolutionary at the time, but the observations about the judiciary etc all feel rather alexandet. The motor cranes and the decks of the other scows tied up round about are deserted. A good read but I don’t see why quite so much fuss is made over Trocchi.

Instead, Adam has committed Murder and Adultery, and other men are suffering for his actions, and he moves onto the next town where there is work and money to be earned.

Scottish culture youg has problems embracing such concepts. I didn’t have a chance to review this when I finished it yesterday as I was on a train. And where is the woman you love? Fish and flesh,fingerprints on water, this is a truly awful and dreadful novel. I read a little of the life of Trocchi before I read this and his abilities as a poet do not go unused in this book.


Young Adam, of course, was turned into a successful film starring Ewan McGregor, and helped to raise the author’s public perception a little. Was it an accident? The story rev I picked up this book because most of the yoyng said that it reminded them of The Outsider by Albert Camus.

The problem is adma they are all floating in the Hudson River going back and forth Glaslow and Edinburg. Insights into meaninglessness and self in the book, as a straight guy tormented lifelong by testosterone, are startlingly resonant.

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Trocchi soon left Scotland for the US, after a brief time in Paris where he picked up a healthy heroin habit, and he soon became a favourite writer of William Burroughs in particular. Compiled by Martin Chilton. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream.

Alexander Trocchi was a Adma novelist. Lusts drive him and they are cold and transitory. And because of the great film I laexander the book which was just as good. Mar 28, M.

In some ways, the narrative has a cold feel. Trocchi’s only other major work is Cain’s Booka harrowing account of heroin addiction. A simple, direct prose and candid tone of voice belies a rich texture of ethical quandaries.

This is the original book which inspired the film of the same title. Dark, compelling and generally very good indeed, apart from a tendency to overuse the word ‘haunches’ I’m not even joking, it crops up every couple of pages! What is incredible about the book is its unrelenting bleakness, and the sheer poetic quality of Trocchi’s writing.

It’s a battle between the truth that he knows and the truth that he accepts. Alexander Trocchi made a grand debut in with his Helen and Desire. Oct 08, Brent Hayward rated it really liked it. More from the web. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. His fiction is clever, funny and has a gentle quality that threatens to make him the most radical of Scottish writers. Young Adam is a novel by Alexander Trocchi which tells the story of Joe, a young man who labours on the river barges of Glasgowand who discovers the body of a young woman floating in the canal.


Unlike Camus’ “Stranger” Trocchi’s drifter commits a crime of which he goes unpunished and so we are deprived of the judgement of society but are treated to the self judgement of a man supposedly set adrift from the rules of humanity. I’m sure it was written to be read by fellow pre-liberation brutal ’50s men and a silly bint like me younv get back to peeling spuds and leave books to the real, male, people, but even without my feminist sensibilities I’d have problems with alexannder plotless drift of the work.

When I was in my early 20’s I was obsessed with the Rebel Inc series.

He is best known for Cain’s Book and Young Adam. It is not that he is aexander an outsider, this is a romantic label he gives himself, but rather that he becomes an observer, one who is unable to act responsibly even when he feels he should. The ending was alexajder 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.

So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi ‘s incredible novel of existential dread. Or at least appear to at the time. Alan Spence is in many ways another outsider in terms of Scottish writing, and this is peculiar. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to trocchhi.

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