Confessions of an English Opium-Eater & Other Writings (2020)

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater & Other Writings Thomas de Quincey Grevel Lindop Confessions of an English Opium Eater Other Writings This selection of De Quincey s writings includes the title piece his most famous work as well as On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth The English Mail Coach and the Suspiria de Profundis
  • Title: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater & Other Writings
  • Author: Thomas de Quincey Grevel Lindop
  • ISBN: 9780192836540
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater & Other Writings Thomas de Quincey Grevel Lindop This selection of De Quincey s writings includes the title piece his most famous work as well as On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth, The English Mail Coach, and the Suspiria de Profundis.
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  1. Leonard Gaya

    De Quincey s account on opium consumption is perhaps one of the earliest books on drugs addiction, before Charles Baudelaire s Paradis artificiels It seems that De Quincey started taking laudanum in order to relieve a stomach condition The drug did not affect him negatively at first quite on the contrary, since it improved the acuteness of his senses and uplifted his spirits Oh , says he, subtle and mighty opium that bringest an assuaging balm And so it is that he got involved in an opium eating [...]

  2. W.B.

    I imagine this was once the ultimate literary car crash And people rubbernecked even in the 19th century, which as far as I know did not have radial tires But there have been so many truly gnarly drug slave narratives since the publication of this once shocking book go Burroughs go that this one seems quite pallid and tepid by comparison now Reading this one is scraping the bottom of the pharmacological lit barrel You ll have much fun with James Frey De Quincey s great crimes as an addict were [...]

  3. Annie

    Review is just for Opium Eater Quincey This person was a young woman who subsisted upon the wages of prostitution I feel no shame, nor have any reason to feel it, in avowing that i was then on familiar and friendly terms with many women in that unfortunate condition Me starts to grin Quincey The reader needs neither smile at this avowal, nor frown Fucking psychic, that one.So I lo ove drug literature, and I admire de Quincey for pretty much inventing the genre, but his style is not my style He s [...]

  4. Christian Patterson

    I never thought a memoir about doing drugs could be this dull There are some interesting aspects, like de Quincy describing what being high is like, but without the language of describing highs that we have today It makes it harder to penetrate but interesting in some ways Also, de Quincy uses equivacation A LOT in his story, but not in a constructive way It s like de Quincy showing drug addiction in a realistic way, as opposed to drug narratives that go from everything s bad to everything s go [...]

  5. Yair Ben-Zvi

    Intolerably tough to read but a force worth going through De Quincy was a xenophobe, drug addict, racist, imperialist, etc etc But his writing is, hyperbole aside, incredible He digresses, stops and starts tangents, and sometimes actually often ends stories with absolutely no resolution Like post modern even before modernism Not easy but definitely great reading.

  6. Arcadia

    Paint the real receptable, which was not of gold, but of glass, and as much like a wine decanter as possible Into this you may put a quart of ruby coloured laudanum that, and a book of German metaphysics placed by its side, will sufficiently attest my being in the neighbourhood L E G E N D.So I m a fan of the annoying little comma loving twerp He lived in a different time He has a supremely identifiable and glorious dramatic voice in his text, and I d say it s fairly resonant, as evidenced by th [...]

  7. Guy Portman

    The first part of this autobiographical work takes the form of a lengthy discourse on the author s childhood and teenage years We learn about De Quincey s family, his education, and his love of walking, literature and classical studies, all of which are described in excruciating detail At the age of eighteen De Quincey moves to London, where he exists in a near destitute state, surviving on borrowed money An illness results in a doctor prescribing the author laudanum, which contains opium De Qui [...]

  8. Jenni

    De Quincey is, admittedly, witty, and I can see his personality affecting his work However, this is where my admiration stops.It was, to put it bluntly, painful to read, though that may have been due to the lack of chapters or any kind of coherent organisation And while I can understand why De Quincey organised his own thoughts like this, to create a realistic stream of conciousness unsurprising considering the subject matter , I personally simply found it daunting and stifled.I will re read it [...]

  9. Lief

    While there are several entertaining anecdotes that Thomas De Quincey relates in the works contained in this compilation, I can t get over the fact that following his purpose us difficult at best Upon starting to read Suspiria De Profundis, I discovered that I had completely missed the supposed point of his Confessions of an English Opium Eater Upon reflection, I realized that this was not my own fault, but that De Quincey does not do much to direct attention to his stated point Thus, while at t [...]

  10. Raissa

    I have owned this book in hardcover for years, and I tried to read it recently I made it through, perhaps, the first 15 pages De Quincey is so pompous and assinine in the introductory pages that I gave up in absolute disgust.If anyone has finished it and wants to assure me that it is worth reading, please comment Otherwise, I will continue to get my vicarious opium fix by watching Johnny Depp chase the dragon in From Hell.

  11. AJ

    2.5 stars I didn t really finish all of the essays but I consider this one read because I finished the essay I wanted to read Maybe I m just not into 19th century writing but I found the eponymous essay interesting but ultimately meandering and somewhat bland Actually I quite liked it until he got to the dreams segment, and then I pretty much lost all interest I guess the saying about dreams only being interesting to the dreamer is true even for Thomas de Quicey.

  12. Sean

    This has long been on my want to read list and is finally done My edition is not available to select on and i read only the confessions part of his writing hence the quick turn around De Quincey expresses himself well and paints an interesting picture of early 19th Century London He has some great turns of phrase the tyranny of the majority stays in mind but the actual confessions are a disappointment He quite enjoys opium for 8 years with no detriment, experiences some bad years and then weans [...]

  13. William Sandles

    DeQuincey the man is maybe fascinating then De Quincey the writer I don t know where to start with this story Are first person narratives always a little bit delusional And this is as first person as it gets, because it is a memoir of TDQ s lifelong jones for the poppy A discursive read, which to me highlights TDQ s talent prefiguring Borges and Barthelme s and other s post modern works Do we get to the heart of why he was a junkie Do we get to the heart of the toll it must have taken on his fa [...]

  14. Michele

    I have finished DeQuincey s first writing Confessions of an English Opium Eater and plan to read the subsequent treatise Susperia de Profundis as well This is definitely my downstairs book because it is not the sort of thing one reads at bedtime for leisure There are a lot of foot notes and really, to get the most out to this you need to understand the references It was certainly educational I have to say I was a bit disappointed in that I felt I would get a bit insight into the power of the op [...]

  15. Luke

    Oh boy, where to begin I ll start cowardly and offer a disclaimer I am not terribly interested in drugs so reading the very first example of drug literature was probably silly of me and something I would have otherwise avoided had it not been on a class syllabus In addition, I understand that I can no judge a book as old as this for not sharing modern literary aesthetics like getting to the damn point any than I can criticise it for possessing antiquated views He s a pretty modern guy in some [...]

  16. Cameron

    Thomas De Quincey writes about his past and dreams as though both were merged in some sort of fugue state In his Confessions he starts, not with opium itself, but rather a brief period in his history when he was a runaway It was during this period he developed a stomach complaint that later caused him to try opium to relieve the pain From that he moves to the pleasures he derived from opium, until he reaches the pains that came later on, and his attempts to wean himself off the drug.Suspiria de [...]

  17. Kerry Maxwell

    An impenetrable bramble of convoluted prose, each thorn laced with a powerful soporific After repeatedly crashing onto the brush, I developed a limited resistance to it s sleep inducing effects, but grew weary from the effort.I d seen multiple references to De Quincey s prose as being notable, but I just couldn t wade through it I had no interest in the tales of opium addiction, and was looking for passages of dream descriptions or otherwise fantastic elements, and almost found them in Suspiria [...]

  18. Neale

    Unlike many of the great essayists, De Quincey s personality is not engaging unlike Montaigne or Lamb, one does not warm to him as a person Indeed, his insecurities, evasions and conceits are often grating But his prose is incomparable, and his flights of imagination are dazzling and gloriously weird If ever writing was greater than the writer, De Quincey is your man He is the epitome of Romanticism, with all its sublimities and ridiculousnesses.Personally, I prefer De Quincey s later prose poem [...]

  19. Tom Meade

    Finished the Opium Confessions The information is interesting, but mostly of that vague, generalist sort that could only have been considered useful in the early 19th century The writing, however, is superb an over sexed mezzanine of verbiage with any number of scenes and incidents that stick with you long after you ve closed the book The dreams in particular, though quite short, are striking in the power of their imagery The book could have done with a few freak outs, to be honest True of most [...]

  20. Dagny

    I only read the first item, Confessions of an English Opium Eater, approximately 1 3 of the book.Not sure what I expected, but whatever it was, it was a delightful surprise De Quincey wrote first of his early life and how he ran away from school and trekked around, mainly in Wales, and ended up in London without funds He relates how, in pain for three weeks, he first came to take opium and only used it occasionally for a number of years Then the narrative jumps forward eight years and De Quincey [...]

  21. Tyler Talbott

    This book has one of the best titles ever, and is the grandfather of the junkie novel I wish de Quincey would ve spent less time trying to make himself sympathetic to the Victorian reader i.e moralize, wallow in self pity and time on the stunning Oriental hallucinations towards the end of the book Definitely recommended for any Marxist reader of 19C.

  22. Larae

    Oooooh my this is a tasty piece of literature I ve read it 3 times Also take a peak at his follow up Suspiria des Profundis, which ends up reading in an entirely different manner than Opium Eater While very heavy reading and very dense there are some of the most beautiful passages in these works If you have ever known true melancholy you will appreciate De Quincey.

  23. Aurelie

    That was so boring i had a hard time finishing it De Quincey is talking about his addiction to opium, or rather he is supposed to He repeats himself again and again never getting to the real stuff until half the book Besides he is egocentric and narcissistic he think he is special and it just makes it bad I don t like the guy or his way or writing.

  24. Julia

    Every time I try to read this book, at least the title story, I can just never get through it Almost made it to the end, but even with just 30 pages left I just had no desire to finish it Still have an interest in reading the other stories in the volume I have it s very old, got it at a barn sale but I do not think I will got back to Opium Eater.

  25. Rachel M.

    Note This book really has a 3.5 star rating This book has some great quotes Also, De Quincey is very witty at times At other times, however, he can be a bit dry and too descriptive His descriptions of his early life and his opium induced dreams are quite fascinating.

  26. Brent

    An interesting read skim The best part is the way he speaks of a young prostitute and you end up wishing he wrote a book about his life on the streets generally, rather than just a book about the pleasures and ills of opium.

  27. Margaret1358 Joyce

    An interesting tale of opiate addiction and rehabilitation It had a curious,early scientific, flavour, and as such, I found it refreshing in this modern day era of inundation by technology and science, yada yada Yes, I do recommend this book.

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