Crazy Cock

Crazy Cock

Book - 1991
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Written between 1928 and 1930 but never before published, this autobiographical novel explores a wrenching three-way relationship involving writer Tony Bring, his wife Hildred, and her bohemian lover Vanya.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1991, c1968
ISBN: 9780802132932
Branch Call Number: MILLE
Characteristics: xxv, 202 p. ; 21 cm

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Aug 15, 2016

Let's face it - (The truth is) - The liveliest thing about Crazy Cock is, of course, its title.... There's no doubt in my mind about that.

Written almost 90 years ago - This "Henry Miller" novel had, apparently, been lost for, literally, decades and (believe it, or not) hadn't been officially published until 1991 (11 years after Miller's death).

At 200 pages - Crazy Cock's cynical, little "throw-away" story about a mixed-gender love triangle only came to life and became an interesting read during its passages of strangely dark surrealism (which didn't happen often enough for me).

Unfortunately, I found that Miller had painted his 3 primary (and annoyingly eccentric) characters in such a dislkable light, that, as I read along, I found I just couldn't give a sweet damn about what happened to this trio of losers, one way, or the other.

*Author note* - Henry Miller died in 1980 from a heart attack. He was 88 at the time.... (*Be sure to watch "Henry Miller" video-clip*)

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lukasevansherman
Jan 25, 2015

"Certain writers become protagonists. Their writings and their biographies mingle to create a larger myth, a myth which exemplifies some human tendency. They become heroes."-from the introduction by Erica Jong
Originally written in the late 20s (and originally titled "Lovely Lesbians"), the outrageously titled "Crazy Cock" was Miller's third novel, but was not published until after his death, much like another early novel, "Moloch." Despite the title, this is actually one of his tamer, more restrained books, with some touches of surrealism ("The end is a rabbit licking moonlight off the pavement."), a more romantic tone, and far less sex than his groundbreaking and controversial novels "Tropic of Cancer," and "The Rosy Crucifixion." It's also, unlike many of his books, written in third person, but readers of Miller will still detect his voice, as well as the autobiographical elements (his wife leaving him for another woman) that informed much of his work. Probably more interesting for the reader who already knows and appreciates Miller. The title is a shortened form of the expression "Dig that crazy cock!"

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