The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934

The Diary of Ana s Nin Vol This celebrated volume begins when Nin is about to publish her first book and ends when she leaves Paris for New York Edited and with a Preface by Gunther tuhlmann Index

  • Title: The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
  • Author: Anaïs Nin Gunther Stuhlmann
  • ISBN: 9780156260251
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • This celebrated volume begins when Nin is about to publish her first book and ends when she leaves Paris for New York Edited and with a Preface by Gunther tuhlmann Index.

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    1. What a diary! Definitely nothing like any diary I’ve ever read or written. Anais Nin is truly engaging. Each diary entry is so candid and shows her deeply introspective and artistic nature. For the most part I’d say nothing truly remarkable happens in the diary; yet Nin is the kind of person who could turn a normal, everyday event into something magical and profound. This is a woman who really lived, who really experienced life, who aimed to fully understand human relationships, both edifyin [...]

    2. Taste shmaste. She is real. A real woman, who lead a free life. The fashion of hating her is as lame as the knee-jerk love of Wilco. It is like putting on a pair of Ugg boots in the city. Though there is certainly plausible cause for doing so (snow), it is generally a blind and embarrassing act of striving. There are several more nuanced alternatives to her, yes. And certainly, there are legitimate reasons to dislike her (her appetite for such words as "ensorcellment" and "elixers" being among t [...]

    3. Annnnnnaaaaaaiiiiiiisssss (pronounce Anna!!-eeeeeees)Dear Anais,So far I have read Volumes 1 and 2 of your diary, Henry & June and that diminutive book of racy short stories, Little Birds. I ordered 11 more of your works online (used) and am compiling a library that will contain everything you've ever written, and then expand to include the books of authors you mention reading in your diary and/or befriended in life. I guess it's no secret - I love you Anais. Because of you I started writing [...]

    4. I have always believed in Andre Breton’s freedom, to write as one thinks, in the order and disorder in which one feels and thinks, to follow sensations and absurd correlations of events and images, to trust to the new realms they lead one into.I have always believed in a writer’s choice to write about the mundane affairs of life, and by so doing, turn it inward out, so that the reader sees the world through her mirror. After all, the greatest tool available to a biographer, are the letters o [...]

    5. I feel kind of cheated. I'm fascinated with Nin's writing and ideas. I'm interested in her work. I can forgive the solipsism of the diary, since it is, after all, a diary. But I read this collection of writing feeling like I was getting only half the story. Because of legal constraints, the book has been so heavily edited that it makes literally no mention of the man who was her husband for this entire period. Not only does it make for jarring reading (you find yourself reading a gutwrenching mi [...]

    6. I am not certain exactly what I found so compelling about this book but it sucked me right in. It is very dense but I could not put it down and breezed thru it in about a week. There were times when I wanted to yell at Anais to not be so full of herselfbut then I remember this is a journale's supposed to write her innermost secrets here. I will never think about journaling the same way again.Spring day: Walking home from the market with the weeks's greens tucked in my canvas bag I stopped by a y [...]

    7. This was my introduction to the work of Anais Nin--the very first volume that fell into my adolescent hands. Anais, with her house in the suburbs of Paris in which every room was painted a different color, and she lived with her husband, and met a man named Henry Miller. In which she investigated the possibility of being a woman writer, of writing things that she knew as a woman, a voice which she had not yet seen in print, completely subjective, Piscean, mutable, veiled. the unexpurgated diarie [...]

    8. It took me about six months to wade through this book; I finally finished the last 20 painstaking pages this week. I had to digest the book in small chunks, which was a surprise since I enjoyed reading her "Early Diaries." In her previous books she was youthful, hopeful and full of experimentation. This time I felt that her personality was more fixed and that her appetite for new experiences seemed cold and calculating.Nin relentlessly persues the new and different. The entries were so visceral [...]

    9. I had to stop reading this book, though i did thoroughly enjoy Nin's lengthy ruminations about life and its general contents. It was not helping me take the giant leap of faith necessary to live my artist life. The woman never had to have a job, all she did was roam around doing things she wanted to do all the time, then writing up beautiful philosophical commentary. Certainly not helpful in boosting my morale as I'm leaping off a cliff, living more like Henry.

    10. "Eu sou uma pessoa excitável que só entende vida liricamente, musicalmente, em quem sentimentos são muito mais fortes que a razão. Eu estou tão sedenta para o maravilhoso que só o maravilhoso tem poder sobre mim. Qualquer coisa que eu não possa transformar em algo maravilhoso, eu deixo ir. Realidade não me impressiona. Eu só acredito em intoxicação, em êxtase, e quando vida ordinária me algemar, eu escapo, de uma maneira ou de outra. Nenhum muro mais."(Anais Nin)

    11. what insight! this woman was my hero until i read the excerpt:man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. man lies in the woman's womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work, into battle, into art. he is not lonely. he is busy. the memory of the swim in amniotic fluid gives him energy, completion. woman may be busy too, but she feels empty. sensuality for her is not only a wave of pleasure in which she is bath [...]

    12. It is best to read this while sitting in Les Deux Magots in Paris, sipping coffee, and watching the world go by.

    13. i bought these books years ago & didn't get around to reading them until the summer of 2007. i mean, i bought them like five years before that & just couldn't get into them. anais nin kept a journal for pretty much her entire life, ever since she emigrated to the united states originally when she was eleven years old. her diary was her life's work, according to her, her publishers, her peers, etc. she actually let her friends read her diaries & sent excerpts around for publication ev [...]

    14. i like these much more than her novels. a beautiful woman. i love her notes about dreams. and one of my favorite quotes: "Anxiety is a woman screaming without a voice," paraphrased because my memory is terrible. ok i'm just going to list some quotes: "But this woman, who could undress at the request of any man, make love with anyone, go to orgies, act as a call girl in a professional house, this Beth told me she found it actually difficult to talk about sex!" "Far below a rather pale nature, a s [...]

    15. I used to sit in coffee shops with my friends while living in Berkeley in the 70s. I often brought this book along with me to read as I found her journal writing and her life fascinating. I got as far as finishing volume 2 before finally becoming bored.

    16. No book has affected me in the way that this book has. Not a novel, but told more interestingly than most creative writing and fictional work I've read, this diary is the most compelling piece of literature I've ever read.Nin's language flows beautifully, her descriptions rich, her portraits of "characters," leaving one to always want to know just a little bit more! Her pages on Henry and June, especially June Miller, are so strongly written, she exercises such a inquisitive, inexperienced voice [...]

    17. One of my favorites. Nin can write about a tired old piece of toast and make it beautiful. Seeing history through her lens IS magic.

    18. I have read this book several times. Each time I have come away changed, as if I had just experienced a rite of passage. It, therefore, holds a very special place in my heart.

    19. Anais Nin was a sensitive writer who truly understood that all life is art. I am mezmerized my her descriptions and radical insights. I would have loved to have known her.

    20. TBHOS BOOK REVIEWSA Review by Nicole S. AvilesThe Diary of Anais Nin: Volume 1 by Anais NinAnais Nin's first adult journal released in the 60's, is one of the most compelling pieces of literature devised in the last century. An intriguing book, highlighting the highs and lows, pathologies, insights, and everyday meanderings of a gifted and talented writer of the 30's; on, this book does NOT disappoint!This particular diary volume especially, is penned at a deep and profound level, and left an im [...]

    21. This volume encompasses her friendship with Henry Miller and his wife June, her complicated relationship with her father, her interest in psychoanalysis and her struggle as an artist. She immensely talks about the self, and her search for the woman, Anais. She writes, "I have always been tormented by the image of multiplicity of selves. Some days I call it richness, and other days I see it as a disease, a proliferation as dangerous as cancer. My first concept about people around me was that all [...]

    22. That is why the writer is the loneliest man in the world; because he lives, fights, dies, is reborn always alone; all his roles are played behind a curtain. In life he is an incongruous figure. To judge a writer it is necessary to have an equal love for writing as for the man. *I am always between two worlds, always in conflict. I would like sometimes to rest, to be at peace, to choose a nook, make a final choice, but I can’t. Some nameless, undescribable fear and anxiety keeps me on the move. [...]

    23. Anais Nin is absolutely the most fascinating woman I've ever come across. She dazzles intellectuals, has affairs with poets, and becomes psychoanalyst's savior. Nothing about her life was ordinary because she was determined to live, live, live in a big way. And her diary is filled with so much truth. Portraits of people stripped of idealism. Of herself, as well. She describes life as though it is made of poetry and beauty, even its problems. I drank in her every word because I related to her sin [...]

    24. Not because I don't like Nin's writing style or her perspective, but there seemed like there was just something a little off in the editing that jumped from one thing to another a little too much, or wouldn't fully explain what was going on. Anais Nin is still definitely on my to read list, but it was a bit difficult as a newbie to see how everything was going to come together. This was also part of a series of books on diaries, diary keeping, and actual diaries that I read, and was the most his [...]

    25. Whether you have a poetic or an analytic heart, whether you are a writer or a wallflower, bisexual, straight, or a bit of everything, there’s something important to take from these journals. Anaïs is enchanting, not just as a writer.

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