Tropic of Capricorn

Narrated by: Campbell Scott
Series: Obelisk Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.0 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn's ethnic neighborhoods and Miller's outrageous sexual expolits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.
©1961 Grove Press, Inc. (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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There's only one Henry Miller.

This book ties into the same energy I've felt listening to Bob Dylan. It touches that frustration with life that everybody must surely have felt at one time or another if their honest with themselves.

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Shades of Cancer - not as much fun

Would you listen to Tropic of Capricorn again? Why?

Yes, as I enjoy Miller's work and Campbell Scott's narration

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tropic of Capricorn?

The descriptions of working for the cable company - hilarious. Discovering that he and a friend accidentally killed another kid when they were young was mindblowing!

Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

Henry Miller

If you could rename Tropic of Capricorn, what would you call it?

Pretending to be normal, failing miserably, objective achieved.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Tropic of Cancer much more, but I still enjoyed the rants. His obsession with astrology is curious.

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Couldn't get through it

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone who likes wordy, overly discriptive prose which goes off on tangents.

What do you think your next listen will be?

War of the Worlds

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tropic of Capricorn?

I would take away the rambling, tangents he went of on

Any additional comments?

I thought the basic story had some interest however Miller rambles off on prose that I found redundant and boring. I found my mind wandering frequently through out these ramble and I would loss the flow of the story. Miller loves adjectives and adverbs way too much for me. I prefer a more direct story.

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Another Miller Masterpiece

While Tropic of Cancer is more well known, true fans shouldn't miss this sleeper of a monstrous classic.

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adjective overload.....

I am only 1 hour into listening,...Campbell Scott is the only saving grace for these nonstop, everlasting, repetitive, run on sentences just exploding with mundane adjectives that are comprising this book. At this point, I hope the Jewish guy eats the new guy just to be over it! Right now I am thinking Henry Miller must have been drunk or bored. Maybe he will run out of words...unless it gets better, don't waste your money! Will update if it is redeemable.

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Meh

Listened to it at 2x speed and it was a bit more enjoyable than Tropic of Cancer. Not really my kind of thing but there were a few parts that were kinda funny.

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Disjointed, rambling and painful.

In its time, the book was sexually shocking and provoked attention. But its time is well past. I found it very difficult to retain any appetite for more of the same ... and there is plenty of "more of the same." His glimpses of reality are filled with his personal unhappiness and his proclivity for surviving on the handouts of others. His arrogance and attitudes appear downright depressing and unhealthy. I'm sorry I wasted the time; I found no redeeming qualities.

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