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  • Title: Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
  • Author: Thomas de Quincey
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  • Confessions of an English Opium-Eater By Thomas de Quincey Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive Pomona Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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    1. Fionnuala on said:

      The Opium Eaters, a comedy, based on the sleeping habits of Thomas de Quincey and Marcel Proust.Characters Marcel ProustThomas de QuinceyThe curtain goes up on a bedroom scene Two of the walls are cork lined, the third is a bare stone wall roughly coated with Roman cement In the angle of the two cork lined walls is a narrow wrought iron bedstead covered with an eiderdown quilt and beside it, a night table on which lie books, papers, and a little brass bell Against the stone wall there is a brass [...]

    2. Paul Bryant on said:

      If there is reincarnation I want them to put a hold on mine until humanity has invented drugs that don t have a down side to them No tiresome side effects, like early death And they ll be cheap And you ll still be able to fire up your jet pack and get to the office and do your job and impress your team leader And no skin blemishes O drugs of the future, I salute you and your friendliness and complete lack of ill effects Because you see opium, for one, as Thomas de Quincey demonstrates in this fa [...]

    3. William1 on said:

      3.5 stars One can see why Confessions was such a favorite among the drug addled youngsters of the 60s and 70s The title is catchy but surprise its not primarily a book about drug experiences Only the last 20 or so pages plumb that It s about suffering, homelessness, and penury There were passages that reminded me of 1993 s Travels with Lizbeth Three Years on the Road and on the Streets by Lars Eighner, a wonderfully written book about homelessness The class system of Britain, thank God it s dyin [...]

    4. Tyler on said:

      If I published under my own name a book that was this bad, I d fall through the floor for shame With fewer than 20 pages drearily sketching the use of opium, what s left is a mind numbing autobiography of atrocious prose in service to pathological vanity How does this writer get away with it The structure is a disaster A footnote on one page tells about the family name Quincey that footnote refers readers to an appendix that appendix has yet footnotes, all devoted to the name Other footnotes ta [...]

    5. Hadrian on said:

      This is as much a treat for the prose style as it is for the hallucinatory detail.The edition I received from the library dating from the 1890s is in two parts The first is the Confessions as shown in the title, and is split into three further parts a biographical sketch of the author s life, and The Pleasures and Pains of Opium, respectively His descriptions are long winded and evocative Time and space slow down, and he felt lifted up to a supreme pleasure, where all pain was gone.Then once the [...]

    6. Alex on said:

      First published in 1821, it paved the way for later generations of literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs Whee While this is maybe not indispensable, it s also not than 100 pages, so it gets five stars based on its ratio of awesomeness vs time commitment And it is pretty awesome De Quincey is funny and weird and literate, and the roots of all kinds of drug stories from those quoted above to Trainspotting and, oh, A Million Little Pieces are clearly visible.In one of those proud yet c [...]

    7. Beverly on said:

      Tedious, he uses a word viz about 10,000 times Obscure and rambling, but it was written a long, long time ago.

    8. Jan-Maat on said:

      Thomas de Quincey started taking opium in the form of laudanum conveniently available over the counter from all good chemists in early 19th century Britain as pain relief At no time was he taking his opium directly either by smoking or even eating, the title is indicative of his interest in finding the right phrase or most striking turn of words rather than the most accurate description The downside of this search of his for the best turn of phrase is that in the second edition of his book he fr [...]

    9. J.G. Keely on said:

      While researching the use of opium for my own fictional writings into the subject, I came across this fascinating article about a fellow whose habit of collecting paraphernalia led him to become both the leading expert on them and an addict The interview led me to the work of Dr H.H Kane, and Kane s analysis led me back to de Quincey, with whom I had some prior familiarity due to my literary studies.De Quincey s writing style is precise and exacting, but he does not have that flair for storytell [...]

    10. Andrei Tamaş on said:

      De i se vede clar tentativa de roman, cartea are mai mult nuan e tiin ifice Nu se refer doar la opium i la urm rile sale medicale, ci i psihologice i respectiv sociale ncadrarea n timp i spune i ea cuv ntul Cartea a fost scris c nd cele dou r zboaie ale opiului erau n plin tatea lor Anglia descoperise secretul Chinei i se luase cu dansa la har Nu vreau s mi imaginez farmecul dat de aceast substan dac dou dintre puterile lumii moderne au dus dou mari r zboaie pentru el.

    11. Capsguy on said:

      Sure, the lead up to the actual confessions of taking opium and the resulting consequences was longer than the apparent subject matter of the book, but who cares I found this to be an insightful text into the dangers of at the time a widely used drug This also apparently paved the way for many other drug substance abuse memoirs, of which the only one I can think of that I have read were Junky by Burroughs Confessions is written in a clear, concise manner and with the interesting subject matter c [...]

    12. Andrea on said:

      I was disappointed I confess, though I don t know why I had high expectations given I have always found people on drugs profoundly boring though I note that usually they find themselves extremely interesting De Quincy writes I have, for the general benefit of the world, innoculated myself as it were, with the poinson of 8000 drops of laudanum per day just for the same reason as a French surgeon inoculated himself lately with cancer What struck me most was privilege, even in his poverty after run [...]

    13. Tony on said:

      I read this as de Quincey appeared as a character in Murder as a Fine Art Wow can you imagine what he would have been like if he had been at his zenith in the late 60 s I was reminded at times of Fat Freddy in The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, who one night decided to write a book He took a little something to aid the imagination and another little something for creativity etc, etc When his progress was checked on the following morning his pages just read and then and then and then and then and [...]

    14. Jim on said:

      Years ago, I had started Thomas de Quincey s magnificent book, but laid it aside for some inexplicable reason Now I see that this volume Confessions of an English Opium Eater is infinitely worth reading through to the end, and even returning to its glories at a later date De Quincey s opium habit led to his heterodox approach to life, which alternated between manic passages of glory to massive funereal threnodies, of which the following sentence from The English Mail Coach is but a sample I sate [...]

    15. Elena Druță on said:

      Romanul este o autobiografie, unde autorul i prezint cititorului via a sa, din copil rie p n la maturitate i influen a opiului asupra tuturor aspectelor din via a profesional i personal De i la prima vedere romanul pare a fi doar o poveste al unui dependent de droguri, Confesiunile unui opioman englez aduce n prim plan greut ile prin care trece De Quincey n copil rie, via a de vagabond dus ca adolescent n Londra, dar i maturizarea sa Opiul joac un rol important n toate deciziile pe care le ia au [...]

    16. Justin on said:

      Where do I even begin with this book Did it enlighten me at times Yes Did I want to huck it against a wall or chuck it out my window Yes given it was a paperback and not on my tablet I read this for research purposes for a future work of mine and well it seems I didn t get much out of it and may have to look elsewhere The author Thomas de Quincey explains his trials and experiments with opium He also explains his dull hopeless life for the first half of the book Let me state that he knew how to [...]

    17. Alina Cătărău on said:

      La nceput, cartea Confesiunile unui opioman englez Confessions of an English Opium Eater , scris de Thomas De Quincey i reeditat n anul 2012 de Editura Adev rul Holding n colec ia 101 c r i de citit ntr o via , nu m a atras de prima dat ns , c nd e ti un filolog n devenire , anumite circumstan e academice te mping s ie i din zona ta de comfort intelectual nainte s vorbesc despre con inutul c r ii, trebuie neap rat s v amintesc faptul c aceste confesiuni au fost scrise pe la nceputul secolului al [...]

    18. Marko Vasić on said:

      Potpuno jedno seksi, egzistencijalisti ki filozofsko psihodeli no autobiografsko esej e iz 1821 godine, koje mi ulep alo ve e Bilo bi savr eno da nema previ e digresija koje itavoj ispovesti daju jedan utisak nepotrebnog nagomilavanja i udaljavanja od teme jer sadr ina svake digresije, po svom obimu, mogla bi da se izdvoji kao posebna pri a.

    19. Richard Newton on said:

      An odd little book, which if you know nothing about in advance probably won t fit with your expectations given the title There are sections on opium and its effects on the author, but large chunks of the book mention it hardly at all.The book is structured in 3 parts The first two of which are seemingly unconnected, but which the author claims to bring together in the third This is at best partially achieved In these sections there is a rough chronological series of events, and a lot of random m [...]

    20. George on said:

      Confessions of an English Opium Eater written in 1821 by Thomas De Quincey is a short, yet interesting account of the author s addiction to opium Even though it was written 200 years ago, it is still relevant today The first half of the book provides some autobiographical material and the second half describes his opium use Although De Quincey is overly wordy in places, and the account meanders at times, I still think his humanity shines through the wordy text He discusses how his use of opium s [...]

    21. El on said:

      This is an interesting and candid look at a man in the early 19th century originally published 1821 who has a deep love and affection for opium Opium, though not illegal at the time and in fact actually highly accessible to the general public , is addictive and was often the drug of choice for many writers and poets of the time De Quincey suffered from a chronic stomach malady for which he felt the laudanum improved The majority of his family died off from tuberculosis, but De Quincey made it to [...]

    22. David on said:

      After circling this book for years, I finally read it today And it knocked my socks off DeQuincey writes like an angel Even in the less structured passages his descriptions of his opium dreams are somewhat disjointed his writing is so astonishingly brilliant that the reader is swept along In her introduction to the Penguin Classic edition, Alethea Hayter describes DeQuincey s prose as highly charged, close textured, every word and syllable choice enriched with music and imagery , prose that work [...]

    23. Edward on said:

      AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingA Note on the Texts Confessions Of An English Opium Eater Suspiria De Profundis The English Mail Coach Appendix Opium in the Nineteenth CenturyGlossaryNotes

    24. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      The Addicted Life of Thomas De Quincey by Colin DickeyLapham s Quarterly, 30 March 2013laphamsquarterly round

    25. Hugo Emanuel on said:

      Confessions Of An English Opium Eater em portugu s julgo estar traduzido como Confiss es de Um Opi mano Ingl s de Thomas De Quincey uma obra da qual transborda engano, expectativas frustradas, contradi es, justifica es pouco convincentes, meias verdades e hilaridade n o intencional.O t tulo da obra, tremendamente escandaloso e sensacionalista para o ano em que foi publicada 1821 com o bvio intuito de fazer dinheiro r pido, promete muito mais do que efectivamente oferece ao leitor Ao lermos tal t [...]

    26. Christine on said:

      Thomas De Quincey is utterly fascinating when he is describing his experiences with opium The details ranging from how he was first introduced to laudanum to the difficulty he had attempting to come off of it are quite valuable to anyone with an interest in what someone actually experienced versus how medical professionals describe the potential fall out He has been accused of making opium sound like a better habit than it should, but I personally do not see that To me, Confessions reads like a [...]

    27. Parker W on said:

      As a former eater of opium, I found De Quincey s book to be hauntingly accurate in its description of the effects of opium and the extent and feelings of addiction Wow Really powerful, to know that the issue of opiate addiction is nothing new and really hasn t changed since the early 19th century except perhaps to be widespread Further, elements of De Quincey s writing included the kind of tongue in cheek sarcastic remarks only an addict would really make or understand For example, he mentions [...]

    28. Josh on said:

      buy dried papaver somniferum pods from your local grocery, floral or horticulture store ten pods per person but twenty when it doubt is what i ve always said break open the vagina to eternity removing the babies by billions and grind the cervix, wall and crown to powder for optimum surface area to be absorbed in tea yes, poppy tea tea for all a splash of lemon juice as the water begins to roll in boil actually creates trace amounts of heroin

    29. pierlapoquimby on said:

      Affascinato dai romantici inglesi e per darmi delle arie lo lessi al liceo.Stupivo i compagni con i metodi di preparazione del laudano, precisando quanti grani andavano disciolti e quali spezie usare per nascondere il forte odore dell oppio.Io che non ho mai neanche fumato una sigaretta.Strana cosa l adolescenza.

    30. Mark on said:

      Wow, quite a good read He is a complete genius, though he tends to ramble on albeit brilliantly I enjoyed the olde timey vocabulary, and the archaic references It made the book slow to read, but it also makes it a unique piece of history to enjoy Grab a blanket, sit on an easy chair, and bust out that bottle of laudanum you got from ye olde apothecary.

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