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To see what your friends thought of dr book, please sign up. Was it De Quicy’s personal life story? Nick White Parts of his life story are included. It focuses on his experiences under opium and his motivations for taking opium. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. While this is maybe not indispensable, it’s also not more than pages, so it gets five stars based on its ratio of awesomeness opoi.

And it is pretty awesome.

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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 tho “First published init paved the way for later generations of literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs. In one of those proud yet crushing moments where you realize that thought you were so psyched about of has, as Public Enemy said, been thought before: I’ve always thought that people get more honest when they drink, so if that nice new friend of yours gets weirdly mean and creepy when he’s drunk, you might want to think twice about inviting him to your wedding.

And here’s de Quincey: One of my favorite passages because, unlike opium, I’m quite familiar with the effects of wine. If you’re interested in drugs, or wine, or the idea of a counter culture, or pretty writing, or the history of opium and its significant effect on the world, this is worth an afternoon. View all 10 comments. Years ago, I had started Thomas de Quincey ‘s magnificent book, but laid it aside for some inexplicable reason.

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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 sam Years ago, I had started Thomas de Quincey ‘s magnificent book, but laid it aside for some inexplicable reason.

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: The second, Suspiria de Profundisis also tinged by its author’s drug habit, particularly in its most depressive phase.


The shorter “The English Mail Coach,” begins with youthful exultation and ends with a long meditation on an night collision with a gig when the one-eyed coachman drove while asleep.

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In that collision, De Quincey speculates that a young woman was killed, though we never know for sure. There is a scholarly elegance to De Quincey’s writing: Oh, burthen of solitude, thou cleavest to man through every stage of his being — in his birth, which has been — in his life, which is — in his death, which shall be — mighty and essential solitude! De Quincey had an awesome background in the Greek and Latin classics, and his prose is mightily influenced by those two dead languages, but only in the best sense of the word.

Que mis dolores se desvanecieran fue, a mis ojos, una insignificancia: All in all most delightful. I enjoyed the book no end. It seemed more fantastical that autobiographical. But I loved the writing style and the descriptions. The dreams themselves did not give as lasting an impression of the descriptions of starving on Oxford Street. Even with the fall into death and despair it did sound very lovely. One of my professors pointed out that de Quincy was not in fact taking pure opium but rather laudanum that made the experience different to that of an opium smoker.

But I greatly enjoyed the story of the young classical scholar and his use of drugs. I liked that for a long time he was able to use them in a reasonable way, but that it was or he claimed it was in treating illness that he finally succumbed to using the drugs habitually.

I did find the later confessions, including the diary of his daily doses when he was trying to quit, to be really interesting. It reminded me of Dunsany at his best and was just beautiful beyond words. Here he is, whom in childhood I dedicated to my altars. This is he that once I made my darling. Him I led astray, him I beguiled, and from heaven I stole away his young heart to mine.

Through me did he become idolatrous; and through me it was, by languishing desires, that he worshiped the worm, and prayed to the wormy grave. I lack the pretention to evaluate a classical work frombut humbly consider it a fascinating study. Written before the word ‘addict’ became part of our lexicon, it beggars belief that opium was more prevalent in a normal household than aspirin or paracetamol is today. And worth noting – it was cheaper than gin.

The ultimate medicinal paradox: What he does oio with remarkable accuracy is the nature of the beast. I would in no way endorse the temptation of heroin, but having ‘studied’ its blessings – both imaginatively good and destructively bad – nor am I inclined to denounce it.

Opium will kill you, eventually. But not if you only read about it. As comfesiones Quincey’s essays show, we’ve come a long way in two hundred years. For better or worse, is purely a matter of opinion. Recommended to Galen by: No one, but I’ve seen it quoted in writers like Borges.


I’d also seen fascinating allusions to his work in the fiction of Borges and elsewhere. De Quincey is most definitely a brilliant writer and stylist. I enjoyed this book as much for the beauty of his language as for the stories it tells. He has a gift for descriptive detail and characterization reminiscent of Dickens.

His style ranges freely from chatty and familiar, to careful and insightful introspection, to the most grand exaltation. There is much more than I can say here without taking time to prepare a real review, but I give my highest recommendation.

A very great amount of space goes to his early life before opium, at school and “on the streets” literally of London. I’d consider this a myth, of the sort Tolkien might have approved of. Apr 20, Samuel Ch. El discurso de Quincey es sorprendentemente elocuente. Aug 30, H. It is not quite as mad as the title suggests, but it is a great story of a romp through depression, misery, week long nightmares and Romantic poetry, written by one of the greatest minds of the Romantic era, ruined by opium addiction.

It is also a key text if you are interested in Coleridge’s poetry. For some reason I love books about addiction. This was a new one to me allbeit an old book. A quick read on my Kindle. It got a tad bit confusing towards the end where the publishers seemed to be addressing the reader. I hustled through that LOL A good read and an interesting view point. I have a second great grandfather who died from an overdose- intentionally we assume. Although harder to understand due to the olde English it is written in it is amazing and strange.

You get a first hand experience of addiction but in a classist society and from the upper crust. Everyone always write ‘dirty and in the gutter’ books on being a drug addict but never the upper class. Also Non-fiction which makes it much more interesting. I used to own a very old copy of this.

I read it at the age of I was glad I did. Do never ask is to never know. A rich, enthralling book. It was written in what many would call Old English so perhaps not for all readers, not the easiest read for all.

I enjoyed it very much. But then I am an English Man. Such truth Excellent read! Such truthful and accurate descriptions of use and abuse of opium. The comparison opii alcohol and opium is spot on. This book read as though my own mind was being tortured by both the pleasure and pain ofsing opiates.

De Quincey is a pioneer of sorts, and paves the way for the beatniks and other drug-induced intellectuals over a century before Kerouac ever got “On the Road. E o sentimento, forte.