: 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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Books Youbg Pictures – the story of love and romance: The book opens with Joe fishing a dead body of a woman floating on the Hudson River one morning.

I suppose it’s called Young Adam because, like the Eden-era biblical character, the main character keeps being tempted to sin by trochi these damn women. Nov 29, Becky rated it really liked it.

Young Adam

For Adam Young the musician, see Owl City. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive? The ending was 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. So, Joe seduces Ella and they have to do their thing behind Leslie’s back. I felt a devastating sense of loss for something which I had never had, and it didn’t occur to me that that something was a thing which no one ever possesses for the simple reason that it is something which is created in being seen and which exists only for the spectator without whom it could never become an object to tantalize.

The book is probably Trocchi’s most well-known, and I imagine it was very scandalous at the time it was publishedbut for the most part I didn’t really understand the hype.

And maybe it was revolutionary at the time, but the observations about the judiciary etc all feel rather adolescent.

Everyone lies, everyone lies Where is the man you respect?

Return of the outsider

Quotes from Young Adam. The introduction to this is by Stewart Home who is probably very well known and respected, but I didn’t like it. 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.


Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Its painterliness is of sounds too, and white gusts of wet not rain. Oct 01, Angie rated it really liked it.

Preview — Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi. The explicit expositions about mental structure are superb, should be extracted for a handbook, including the closely observed moments of inauthentic communication just to be allowed not to have to communicate, the sexual dance of flirtation etc.

Account Options Sign in. Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi. However, my personal favourite sections of the book were the flashbacks to one of Jack’s previous relationships – it helped remove me from the at times monotonous barge setting.

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh was intrigued by Trocchi’s rejection of Scottish parochialism. 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.

I was interested having seen avam movie which was possibly below average, but the book didn’t disappoint. It has none of the structure that we might expect. Loading comments… Trouble loading? I liked controversial reads – something which I’m not so keen about now although now and then that little spark does rear it’s head and i’ll buy something a bit risque.

I remember it being pretty damn sexy trocxhi the first half and then, as life generally goes, turning into despair.

Insights into meaninglessness and self in the book, as a straight guy alexandee lifelong by testosterone, are startlingly resonant. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’m afraid that the thrill will seem silly.

One day they find the corpse of a young woman floating in the canal, and very soon afterwards Joe begins having an affair with Leslie’s wife Ella.

Jan 01, Abailart rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is some fine descriptive writing in the novel, and although it was fist published in it still stands up as a book, and a fine read. 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.


On a desolate stretch trocchj canal a couple of miles south of Glasgow city centre, actors are being rounded up, a scene is being shot for a film and, just possibly, a literary reputation is being revived. He is with Leslie his business partner.

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I’ve always found the Beats quite magnetic – the work itself, and the muscular element of the writing, not just the mystique. This is not a light read but it is a very good read! The story rev I picked alecander this book because most of the reviewers said that it reminded them of The Outsider by Albert Camus. The story is about a person who discovers a dead woman floating in the river. I don’t like that terrible self-centeredness of the outsider, that attitude of ‘this is how I’m living my life’.

Grove Press- Fiction – pages. 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 trocxhi up.

Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper. The youngg pacing is rather slow, which appears to mirror the slowness of the barge itself that both Leslie and Jack work and live on.

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An amoral drifter working on a coal scow in Scotland’s waterways takes what he needs, though not happily, turns lives upside down, even ends at least one, and moves on. A simple, direct prose and candid tone of voice belies a rich texture of ethical quandaries. We use cookies to give you oyung best possible experience. Norman Mailer knew him and said of Cain’s Book, “It is true, it has art, it is brave.

February Learn how and when to remove this template message. 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 alexandsr.