This book was "Beat" before the Beatniks arrived. Henry Miller was a poor writer in bohemian Paris in the 1930's, and he wasn't afraid to say exactly what was on his mind, no matter how shocking. This was banned in the USA until 1961.
How did I ever think this was a good book when I was 18? Here I am 36 and I think this is pure trash. I re-posted if anyone's interested...
If you don't mind the frequent use of the F word or c--t, then his book is for you. It's hard to follow. Is this a story or just Henry Miller's rantings? I don't get it. I don't see how this made a 100 greatest American novels list.
Written about the time of Lady Chatterley's Lover, this makes Lawrence's novel seem as if it were a pre-teen chapter book. Replete with the "C-word" and a great deal more graphic, it is also an extremely bitter and angry work.
This ego-centric invective has all the trash you can hope for: senseless violence, rape, murder, gang war, animal cruelty. Did I leave anything out? If your tummy is a tad queasy take a whack at this one; you'll feel real well after a good heave. This is little more than a big pile of dung; enough to satiate the most ardent sophist.