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New Meetup: Trocchi: Young Adam

From: Arlinda S.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 8:16 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Classic Books!

What: Trocchi: Young Adam

When: Sunday, August 8,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $2.50 per person

Where: Crema Cafe
27 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

"Touch convinced in a way which sight did not. I was struck by the fact that sight is hypnotized by the surfaces of things; more than that, it can only know surfaces, flatnesses at a distance, meagre depths at close range....The eye, I thought, could never get to the centre of things;" ? from Young Adam

Joe is a drifter who works as a hired hand on a barge traveling the Clyde River between Glasgow and Edinburgh. As the story opens, he finds the corpse of a young woman drifting downstream. Was it an accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate and arrest a suspect, it becomes apparent that Joe knew the dead woman and has more information than he's telling. Meanwhile, an unspoken attraction has developed between Joe and the wife of the barge skipper. The first novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi is an absorbing existential thriller ? a lost gem of world literature.

"Everyone should read Young Adam." ?The Times Literary Supplement

"Alexander Trocchi may be the greatest unknown writer in the world....What Trocchi was about . . . was testing boundaries, the eradication of acceptable behavior in the name of something more engaged." ?The Bloomsbury Review

"The most brilliant man I've ever met." ?Allen Ginsberg

"Alex Trocchi has the courage so essential to a writer. He writes about spirit, flesh, and death and the vision that comes through the flesh. He has been there and brought it back." ?William S. Burroughs

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