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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23,353 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Miller Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061688195
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Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction, which chronicles with unapologetic gusto, the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer, his friends, and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, "one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I earnestly counsel anyone who has not done so to read… Tropic of Cancer.” 

    George Orwell

  • “A momentous event in the history of modern writing.”

    Samuel Beckett 

  • “I read Tropic of Cancer a month ago. It seems to me to be a really excellent piece of work.” 

    H.L. Mencken 

  • “Mr. Miller’s first and best novel.” 

    Anatole Broyard

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 Listen Up Award Editor's Choice
  • One of Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 2/15/2014

    " Very steamy! Interesting portrayal of America from an ex-pat's perspective. America is viewed as fast, corporate and dull while the author seems conflicted about his feelings of Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 walker | 2/5/2014

    " The more I read, the more the prose just blew me away. Can't deny how much Miller has influenced my favorite authors of today, in any case. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candace | 1/30/2014

    " Boring, along with Tropic of Capricorn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/17/2014

    " If you usually read books for plot or character development like me, this isn't the book for you. However, if you want to have a feeling of the underbelly of Paris in the 1930's through the eyes of an American squandering all of his money away on prostitutes and alcohol, this could be a good choice. I lost interest during many of his ramblings, but he certainly has some good existential insights, as well as comments about European vs. American ways of life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 12/24/2013

    " Oh man, this book made my skin crawl. From the sexism to the vivid descriptions of his living quarters, which were disgusting, this will not go down as one that I"m fond of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marg | 12/13/2013

    " It was ok. At times Tropic of Cancer held my attention, and at other points in the book it was like reading something totally different. I don't see myself reading any of Henry Miller's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayer Alli | 12/2/2013

    " It's like a really good story about nothing in particular. A classic, must - read if I do say so myself. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/17/2013

    " The ramblings and rantings of a misogynistic schizophrenic or a schizophrenic misogynist, depending on the section. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kirsten | 11/13/2013

    " This book alternated between revolting and insightful. No sugar coating here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Athans | 10/18/2013

    " Is this actually really a novel, per se? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 9/16/2013

    " So rude. So Awesome. So funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Todd | 9/13/2013

    " ONce again, I couldn't finish this book. I got about halfway through and found that I didn't care what happened to the characters. A little too surrealistic for my tastes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ursula | 8/18/2013

    " I'm glad I read this stream of consciousness, autobiographical, classic but I didn't love it. I appreciated the philosophical tangents to a degree, but I need more of a narrative to get me interested in a novel. The misogynism and racism didn't help. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C. Paul | 9/4/2012

    " the raging misogyny sounds almost ideal, then you blink and realize this is some raw real life shit. a classic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Wilcox | 8/21/2012

    " The writing style - 5 stars. Very poetic, very descriptive. Characterizations vivid. The story - 1 star. No real storyline in it. Just a series of vignettes basically in a stream of consciousness or surrealistic style. Very slow reading but worth the effort as an example of life in Paris after WWI. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gillian | 8/11/2012

    " My 19 year old self gives it 4 stars. It was an excellent read in the college days. Maybe I would roll my eyes through it now. I'm not sure. But I read it then, and that's the score it gets. For what 19 year old English major DOESN'T want to enjoy a story about lice, Paris, sex, and inebriation? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vi | 7/24/2012

    " This was great to read after hearing about it for so long. The structure isn't nearly as ambitious as that in Tropic of Capricorn. Although I expected the character's machismo, the frailty surprised me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Root | 6/27/2012

    " This is a classic but suffers from the simple fact that reading about sex is boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethan | 5/18/2012

    " One man's odyssey foraging an itinerant existence as an American in 1920/30s Paris deeply rooted in his base instincts: driven by sex, food and lodgings, social connections and visionary looking for meaning. Tropic of Cancer is a bawdy, brilliant and poetic achievement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darby | 12/1/2011

    " As my English teacher put it, reading this book gives you a hangover. It is so densely visceral that you have to put it down every so often or else you'll be overwhelmed. That being said, it was a beautiful book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie Rylie | 10/12/2011

    " an ode to machism. this is the only book i have ever sold in my entire life, didnt want this in my house and i don't know how come so many woman like to read stuff from this guy and actually thinks he knows the feminine universe. only if we are talking about how to humiliate and degrade "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary | 9/28/2011

    " made me appreciate a world where syphilis / gonorrhea are curable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 7/28/2011

    " I really don't understand how this novel was hailed to be such a brilliant piece of literature. Why? because he dropped the c bomb every two minutes? I got 70 odd pages into this book and wanted those minutes of my life back. There's nothing interesting about it to say the least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 7/19/2011

    " "I see you sitting there close together and I know there is a chasm between you. Your nearness is the nearness of planets." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie Rae | 5/22/2011

    " I read this right before the new year and it inspired me to change my new year's resolution to: "Move to Paris to become a sometimes artist and all-the-time slut with bad furniture and a terrible landlord." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph | 5/14/2011

    " There are some really amazing parts of this book where we get wonderful insight from the speaker. Then there are times when it's all about the cunts and lifestyle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Concretemonkeypunk | 4/30/2011

    " Henry Miller...need I say more "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 4/23/2011

    " Only to be read in Paris. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katerina | 4/22/2011

    " Honest, realistic, shocking, disarming! It can definitely change our way of thinking, make us more open- minded, but only if we manage to overcome our prudery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris | 4/18/2011

    " It's strange that I didn't review this book when I read it. I don't remember it particularly except that it was sort of sprawling and strange and angry. I also remember liking it quite a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edmond | 4/16/2011

    " Remeber this read, during a cold, rainy winter in Paris, looking for an apartment for my wife and little baby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuel | 4/11/2011

    " Mucha gente podrá decir que Miller era un viejo rabo verde, ególatra y pervertido. A mí me parece un escritor como pocos, refleja como nadie la cruda realidad. Lo que la gente está pensando en realidad y no se atreve a decir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 4/9/2011

    " Hot, sexy, scandalous and brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 3/31/2011

    " While the book gets a little slow in the middle, to much inner dialog and not enough prostitutes, on a whole I love this book. The prose and writing is beautiful. "

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About the Author
Author Henry Miller

Henry Miller (1891–1980) was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn. He lived in Europe, particularly Paris, Berlin, the south of France, and Greece; in New York; and in Beverly Glen, Big Sur, and Pacific Palisades, California, where he died. He is also the author, among many other works, of Tropic of Capricorn, the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, Plexus, Nexus), and The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. Many of his novels, including Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn, were banned in the United States until almost thirty years after their initial publication in France. The United States’ publication of Tropic of Cancer in 1961 sparked uproar that led to a number of obscenity trials. One of the early indications of how important Miller’s career would prove to be came in 1940, when George Orwell wrote an essay entitled Inside the Whale in which he praised Miller.

About the Narrator

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.