Biography of the novelist, Alexander Trocchi on Undiscovered Scotland. Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. He lived in Paris in the early s and edited the literary magazine Merlin, which published Henry Miller, Sa. Alexander Trocchi. · Rating details · ratings · 53 reviews. Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between.

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Intelligence must become self-conscious, realise its own alexwnder, and, on a global scale, transcending functions that are no longer appropriate, dare to exercise it.

You can do it, too! 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.

Meanwhil Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge trocci the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The story revolves around him and a corpse which he found in a river. Return to Book Page. This book is a lost literary masterpiece, some critics say. Finally, it trocvhi all these things too, of course, all that there is, but only by the way, and inevitably. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper.

But it’s Cain’s book that best fulfils Trocchi’s hopes for ” the invisible insurrection of a thousand minds “. 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. After working as a seaman on the Murmansk convoyshe attended the University of Glasgow.


Still, “Young Adam” is a good read.

Alexander Trocchi: A Primer

This is the original book which inspired the film of the same title. A story which will fuck with your head?

I watched his Adam’s apple move up and down as he spoke” p. I should like to say at once that I have no fundamental quarrel with Mr.

Oh well, you can say the frocchi is also the plot of many other novels including D. The original building will stand deep within its own grounds, preferably on a river bank.

Alexander Trocchi – Wikipedia

The coup du monde must be in the broad sense cultural. Alexander Trocchi made a grand debut in with his Helen and Desire. And sometimes, because of that, I wonder if the book was more effective than I first thought. Published February 25th by Grove Press first published He opened a small book store near his Kensington home. Oct 01, Angie rated it really liked it. The novel is described as a Thriller. In the first place, the whole concept is almost identical to our own in its educational aspect; in the second, some individual members of the staff of Black Mountain, certain key members of wide experience, are actually associated with us in the present venture.

Just reread and found that sentence, which was actually a long passage.

Alexander Trocchi – A Life in Pieces – Part 1/2

He wants to place the novel as a ‘protopostmodernist’ exemplar, and says those who see it as related to The Outsider or as containing an ‘existentialist protagonist’ are wrong.

When our man [sic] after trrocchi day’s work comes twitching, tired, off the assembly-line into what are called without a shred of irony his “leisure hours,” with what is he confronted? The explicit troccji 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.

A strange, confusing, yet compelling novel by the not very famous Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. 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. Sappho of Lesbos alexaner.


Trocchi’s writing is damn good and this book in it’s few hundred pages was captivating and quite melancholic. I wasn’t particularly invested in any of the characters, and although I do like a good unreliable narrator, Jack’s narration for much of the early stages of the book felt quite repetitive, particularly in his descriptions of Ella.

Meanwhile, our anonymous million can focus their attention on the problem of “leisure. Jan 21, Stephen Durrant rated it liked it. The driving story, which begins with the discovery of a dead body floating in the River Clyde between Glasgow and Edinburgh, has a few plot twists which I won’t relate here, eventually turns his sleazy musings into a bland tale of vague guilt mitigated by a condemnation of the society of which he is part but in which he chooses to play only a limited role.

Forms that were once fruitful hardened until they were devoid of contemporary relevance. This is not a light read but it is a very good read!

And it is our contention that there already exists a nucleus of men who, if they will set themselves gradually and tentatively to the task, are capable of imposing a new and seminal idea: He is obsessive in his sexual needs until he has made his conquests, then his interest has piqued and he must go on to pastures new, drifting again, looking for the next experience to come to him, simply by his mingling with those new to him.

Feb 14, Manish Malik rated it liked it.