: 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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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.

View all 13 comments. The writing is direct and and makes the reader consider many aspects of ones inner self, as seen by Joe’s openness, in a blunt trodchi direct way.

Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi

Sadly, Cain’s Book was his last. Aug 02, Gabrielle rated it it was amazing. There were some brilliantly written sections in it which really made one think and were just so well described, such as this one below: It is as far as I can see technically perfect. In Cain’s Book the writing is all – the words ebb and flow like the inky blackness of the Hudson Ylung.

Indelible Ink: Alexander Trocchi’s ‘Young Adam’

And sometimes, because of that, I wonder if the book was more effective than I first thought. The reason everyone would be able to somehow relate to his feelings is because Joe seemed like one of us. Show 25 25 50 All. More from the web. Where’s the woman you love?

After I finished the book last Thursday, I did not feel any regret buying and reading this. Retrieved from ” https: In his sometimes confusion, this is a comfort to him and is mentioned throughout.


The descriptions of the Scottish way of life and industrial landscape at that time ‘s were solid, braw and strong. Another Trocchi book I read not so avam ago, Cain’s Book, has haunted me to greater and greater degrees since.

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. Six years ago Rebel Inc. I never thought that any book can even come close to make me feel what I felt when I read Camus’s masterpiece.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

A different and very interesting read. There are times when a piece of art comes along and nothing is ever the aledander again.

The book was made into a breathtaking film with Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton in which there is a full frontal of McGregor naked that was just as haunting and startling as that sentence.

Jul 24, James Alexnder rated it liked it. This one, Young Adam no idea what the title meansalso set predominantly within the confines of a small boat!

The motor cranes and the decks of the other scows tied up round about are deserted. The novel is described as a Thriller. Trocchi’s descriptive powers are mesmerising: This one is the modern type: May 26, Trocci rated it really liked it Shelves: Scottish novels British novels British novels adapted into films Novels set in Glasgow Olympia Press books s novel stubs.

And I was right.

Fish and flesh,fingerprints on water, this is a truly awful and dreadful novel. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Despite his addictions, and his sad death at the age of 59, Trocchi left us some of the bleakest, most beautiful writing to come out of the 60s.

Young Adam

This is his poetic project and it’s also the way his whole perception system works at its most basic level the two are the same. Just as good and compelling on second read. The story rev I picked up this book because most of the reviewers said that it reminded them of The Outsider by Albert Camus. Grove Press- Fiction – pages. He moved to Paris inand later lived in New York and London. Some of the passages were quite breathtaking and unusual.

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So, Joe seduces Ella and they have to do their thing behind Leslie’s back. But he is confused, not sure what life should entail, and how he should react to his own. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In Paris, he also wrote a handful of long-forgotten pornographic novels for Maurice Girodias of Olympia Press.

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.

I’d love to see Stuart David go in this direction. 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 adaj or other attractiveness.

It made me feel unpleasant. Insights into meaninglessness and self in the book, as a straight guy tormented lifelong by testosterone, are startlingly resonant. For example, “I could not think clearly. I enjoyed this book for the most part, but unfortunately the pace was just far too slow for me in the end.