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Young Adam by Alexander Trocchi

Young Adam (1957)

by Alexander Trocchi

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I loved the film made of this book that starred Tilda Swinton and Ewan McGregor. And because of the great film I read the book which was just as good. I had forgotten all about this particular little novel. I remember it being pretty damn sexy throughout the first half and then, as life generally goes, turning into despair. ( )
  MSarki | Jan 24, 2015 |
Ignore the "beat generation novel" label (because who cares anyway...I know I don't). This is a grim but very well-written book. I'd love to see Stuart David go in this direction. Well, maybe not. But it would be interesting. ( )
  DameMuriel | Jan 31, 2008 |
This edition is the 1966 New English Library edition. First printing. Green wraps. Traveller's Companion no. 109 (originally The Atlantic Library no. 6 published under the pseudonym Frances Lengel), Maurice Girodias, general editor. Either this edition, or the Heinmann 1961 edition, was the first mass printed edition without the pornographic sections stipulated by Girodias.
  laslo_h | Oct 29, 2006 |
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There are times when what is to be said looks out of the past at you - looks out like someone at a window and you in the street as you walk along.
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Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? 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. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper. Soon to be released as a film, this first novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi is an absorbing existential thriller -- a lost gem of world literature reminiscent of Camus, Bukowski, and Burroughs. "Everyone should read Young Adam." -- The Times Literary Supplement "What Trocchi was about...was testing of boundaries, the eradication of acceptable behavior in the name of something more engaged." -- The Bloomsbury Review

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Trocchi's narrator is an outsider; a drifter working for the skipper of a barge. Together they discover a young woman's corpse floating in the canal. Tensions increase in cramped confines with the narrator's highly charged seduction of the skipper's wife. Compulsively readable, this is no ordinary thriller. It challenges conventional morality. The certainty of events and their meaning is far from objective.… (more)

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