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The Diary of Anais Nin by Anais Nin (1966)

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The diary of Anaïs Nin by Anaïs Nin "I am lying on a hammock, on the terrace of my room at the Hotel Mirador, the diary open on my knees, the sun shining..." The author's experiences in Mexico, California, New York, and Paris, her psychoanalysis, and her experiment with LSD. "Through her own struggling and dazzling courage [Nin has] shown women groping with and growing with the world" (Minneapolis Tribune). Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stuhlmann; Index. Poetic and Precise, March 25, 2003 Reviewer: Rebecca Johnson "TheRebeccaReview.com, author of Moonbeam Moths" (Washington State) When reading an Anais Nin diary, I am in some conflict. At first I can't wait to see what her next diary contains and I want to rush through one to get to the next. Then, once I start reading, I am so captivated I end up reading passages again after completing the work. The descriptions are so intensely vivid and poetic. In this volume, Anais looks at the world with less innocence and more horror, with less joy and more sadness, with less acceptance and more desire for change. Here she is less self-absorbed and as her writing progresses she seems to conquer various demons. Much of the writing in this volume is a perfect example of the sheer beauty of her writing. There is definitely a switch from self absorption to a full appreciation of life and its intricate forms. Perhaps here she realized this was going to be published, so she starts to hide various emotions and feelings of desire, but then again these are not the full diaries, all the more the pity. This is an expurgated version. I loved her descriptions of the sea: "The sand did not seem like sand, but like powdered glass which reflected the light. The sea folded its layers around me, touching my legs, my hips, my breasts like a liquid sculptor with warm hands." Pg. 14 In 1947 she has fallen in love with Acapulco, Mexico. As she sits in the sun the warmth washes over her diary. It is the start of many a journey. From Acapulco to San Francisco and then to New York and a visit to Paris. She explains her experiences in lucid detail. She explains the contrast between N.Y. and Mexico and longs for the sun and sand. She worries about her rejections and even says: "In the face of so much rejection of my work should I abdicate?" pg. 78 What writer has not felt this way? She is so honest, yet her creative energy propels her forward. To her, writing is breathing, healing, her intoxication. When she doesn't write, she feels her world shrinking. She feels trapped. There are moments lost in time due to the frenzied pace of her life. Although she can write beautifully without the assistance of substance abuse, what she writes under the influence of a drug on pages 256-258 is rather informative. What a brilliant mind to be able to recreate every nuance of experience with a pen. From 1947-1955 Anais also goes through life changing experiences. Her parents pass onto the next life and she undergoes a major operation. During this time she also struggles with critic opinion and publishers who can't understand her very soul. Which she pours out in page after page for their approval. Here, Henry and Anais write a few letters. Her life is following a different path and Henry is a memory, yet still a friend. Surrounded by artists, she dances through life as if an observer of all she dances through. When she encounters pain, she observes it and analyzes its components, then looks forward with a sense of optimism, dancing again towards beauty. Her astute observations and interest in psychology are fascinating. There are pertinent issues so very human, almost unbelievable real-life experiences and life and death struggles of the soul. Anais Nin is real, open and can at times describe the word in metaphors so beautiful, they take your breath away. Her words are alive and fuse with your own creative energy. She says what many of us have difficulty saying. When I read her diaries, I am hungry to dive deeper. Many authors never even swim towards the ocean Anais is willing to explore in great depth. Product Details Hardcover: 275 pages Publisher: Swallow Press; [1st ed.] edition (1974) ISBN: 0151255938 Tight binding Clean pages No dustjacket Hard Cover Good collectible quality First Edition Biography This is the fifth volume in Anais Nin's diary, containing 16 pages of photographs. "..During these years, Anais Nin is again on the move although.... Check out my other items! I have books Galore!! I have adult and children's, fiction and nonfiction, hardcover and soft cover. I also have many educational books appropriate for homeschooling. If you are looking for a particular title or author, let me know because chances are that I have it! I run promotions in my store every month. See this month's featured promotions! Powered by Turbo Lister On Aug-08-07 at 13:46:33 PDT, seller added the following information:
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