The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944

The Diary of Ana s Nin Vol Nin s years of struggle and final triumph as an author in America Transcending mere self revelation the diary examines human personality with a depth and understanding seldom surpassed since Proustdre

  • Title: The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944
  • Author: Anaïs Nin Gunther Stuhlmann
  • ISBN: 9780156260275
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nin s years of struggle and final triumph as an author in America Transcending mere self revelation the diary examines human personality with a depth and understanding seldom surpassed since Proustdream and fact are balanced and their joining lie the elements of masterpiece Washington Post Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stuhlmann Index.

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    1. “Night. The stars and the moon impassive, undisturbed, eternal. A little of their impassivity flows into me. They are consoling. They reduce the intensity and acuteness of human sorrow.”- The Journals of Anais Nin, Volume Three I love reading diaries in general and Nin’s are probably my favourite. I love the things she values in life; meaningful relationships, art, literature, music, culture. And not to mention she is the most feeling writer; her rich inner life comes across very well in h [...]

    2. Reading Anais Nin is always like a homecoming to me. I reconnect to my emotional self in a very strong way when I read her; I become more human and am able to access the beauty in the world more deeply. I love reading about her struggle and learning process to relate to the world as a woman and as an artist; how to understand the mode of describing what surrounds her and is inside of her in the diary versus the mode of creating for her novels. This is something I struggle with in my own writing [...]

    3. I had read Anais years ago, but forgot to add it to 'read' books. Some have speculated some of her 'journaling' was embelished but most journalists (or diary writers) always write to some audience (like Rebecca Mann wrote eons ago "reading my journals one would wonder at how great I seem", or something to that effect. I love Nin's musings and nothing I write will ever do Anais and her journals justice. Raw, painful, insightful her journals cover everything. Like most people, my journals pale in [...]

    4. The story continues as Anais moves to New York for the duration of the war. My favorite stuff in this is her friendships with women: the fragile and lovely actress Luise Rainier, Gotham Book Mart's brave individualist bookseller Frances Steloff, and the surrealist patrons, millionairesses Caresse Crosby and Peggy Guggenheim. I loved seeing how her frustration at publishing Winter of Artifice with a commercial publisher leads her, not to defeat, but to purchase a printing press and with assistanc [...]

    5. I picked this up at a bookstore in San Francisco. Didn't realize until after I bought it that it's part three in a volume of six. So far I've just read the preface, which is obviously not autobiographical. I actually like that I'm starting in the middle of her life. Sounds like she had the romantic life of a vagabond. I'm gonna be a different person after I read this.

    6. "I need a medicine man who will solder my body and soul together, which splits at every separation. The doctor says it is the flu. He cannot see the body is empty, the fire is gone, I am a king without a kingdom, an artist without a home, a stranger to luxury, to power, to bigness, to comfort. I lost a world, a small human world of love and friendship. I am no adventurer, I miss my home, familiar streets, those I love and know well." (p.11)"It isn’t good to stay too long in the polluted air of [...]

    7. It is quite impossible for me to review a book that I've read through 9 months. Every single time I turned a page I felt different, I had different emotions and expectations. Sometimes I hated her, sometimes I felt that she was the only human being in the world I wanted to admire, i felt so much, I will carry on this journal in my heart. I don't need to read everything she ever wrote, because this much satisfies me already.

    8. Géniale, merveilleuse, profonde et vraie, j'ai l'impression d'avoir rencontré une amie. Ce livre réconcilie avec le fait de parler de soi.

    9. Comparative comment such that you are asking for is going to be relative to the reader. I can feel my blood flow through every chapter of the diaries. In a sense---it is the same with all truths fundamental to the human progression through time---they have to pertain to our very own life. Every episode, every thought that we have ever had about ourselves has to immanently correspond. Otherwise,we merely read the life. The latter is not unlike a weather report. It becomes something we listen to. [...]

    10. "One evening I did enjoy myself with Brigitte and Hugh Chisholm. She is flawless, a delight to look at. A Viking, but full­breasted, with rich hair, a rich voice, a wonderful ease. She was sitting cross­legged on a satin divan, wearing slacks, she the natural beauty, I the artificial one, the created one, the one who needs a certain atmosphere, a certain light, a certain mood. That night, in the warmth of their admiration, I too bloomed.Everywhere now I see people seeking the deep current in m [...]

    11. Her writing is always beautiful, always imaginative, always alluring, somehow strangely personal to me. She is my favourite writer, by far. Her words echo straight to the soul. This was an insight into her, a magical idea, a realm all to herself and I loved it. At times, it dragged on a little: ruminations about various people, needless thoughts, letters which were difficult to put into context; but all the way through, there was a voice, a voice of beauty, freedom, love liberating something ins [...]

    12. I am now reading Vol. 2 - I happen to randomly find Nin's journals when I travel, and it's been nearly a year that I've read Vol. 3, but all the excitement of being part of Nin's journey, her ways of experiencing life and the enchantment of her words, it is all coming back!Probably the most poetical description of everyday matters, along with bigger issues like war, poverty of artists and whathaveyou, Anais Nin's journals are a treasure you should have near you at all times.

    13. i'll be honest: i enjoy reading anais nin's diaries (in limited doses), but i'll be damned if i could tell you what they are "about," you know? i mean, they're diaries. i guess this one mainly takes place after anais relocates to new york during world war two. she is working as a kind of secretary/administrative assistant/student of otto rank, a famous psychotherapist. she is thinking of abandoning writing & becoming a therapist herself. there's more to it, but that's the gist, i guess.

    14. Like I said before, it is so easy to get lost in the vocabulary and language Ms. Nin uses in her diaries. This one took me a little longer than the others to get through because i felt like the middle portion of this volume dealt with her struggles in NYC. In turn, her writing seemed like a struggle and for me reading it felt like a struggle. The last third seemed to gain more momentum.

    15. Anais is a beautiful writer. I feel guilty for putting this book down several times. For some reason, I just don't seem to be able to finish it. I think I'm more interested in her history with Henry Miller and relationships with other writers of the period. Although her life was spectacular in its own right. Maybe I should have started with volume 1.

    16. Nin's account pre WW2 are riveting. A first hand account of an artist trapped in the onset of war. Her multi-national background, besides her artistry in writing, captures a vivid account of pre-war trepidation and mounting doom.

    17. In comparison with the previous volumes, not my favourite one. At first, I thought this would be my favourite volume, taking into account that it narrates events during the Second World War, but well, nope.

    18. This volume of the diary documents her life in America while war is tearing apart Europe. Her (a)political consciousness is becoming more apparent in this work and her strength in focusing on her immediate relationships is solidified and paradoxically placed in a broader social context.

    19. "The word on her lips is always yes, and all of her being says yes yes yes to all that is happening and all that is offered to her."

    20. Read her letters to Miller with the book it adds a very interesting other perspective, and, hha, you'll feel like such the voyeur!

    21. Interesting as a personal testimonial and a historical document. A free woman struggling with the new environment she finds in the United States. Contains erotic tales that she writes for money.

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