The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1934-1939

Beginning with Nin s arrival in New York, this volume is filled with the stories of her analytical patients There is a shift in emphasis also as Nin becomes aware of the inevitable choice facing the artist in the modern world Sensitive and frank Nin s diary is a dialogue between flesh and spirit Newsweek Edited and with a Preface by Gunther Stuhlmann Index.
The Diary of Ana s Nin Vol Beginning with Nin s arrival in New York this volume is filled with the stories of her analytical patients There is a shift in emphasis also as Nin becomes aware of the inevitable choice facing the a

  • Title: The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1934-1939
  • Author: Anaïs Nin Gunther Stuhlmann
  • ISBN: 9780156260268
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1934-1939”

    1. "Writing more and more to the sound of music, writing more and more like music. Sitting in my studio tonight, playing record after record, writing, music, a stimulant of the highest order, far more potent than wine. In the interior monologue there is no punctuation. James Joyce was right. It flows like a river.”— The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. TwoI loved Anais Nin’s first diary and I enjoyed this one too. Yes, she’s extremely self-absorbed and it does get a bit trying reading about how gre [...]

    2. New York and Paris. Gonzalo the hunky Spaniard--guitarist, revolutionary, gigolo--and his awful crippled wife, who move in with Anais on the houseboat in the Seine (not a spoiler!) The Spanish Civil war. The end of Anais and Henry. The advent of the outrageously young, the dizzily intelligent Laurence Durrell. The visit to Fez and the publication of House of Incest. Oh, the older I get, the better these Diaries are--now that I've heard of Brassai and Artaud and James Laughlin the publisher, I've [...]

    3. the thing about anais nin's diaries is that they are all drawn from a much larger work--that of nin's life-long diaries. so each volume is just an excerpt, & as such, it's not like one volume really stands out thematically from the pack that much. history/politics-wise, i think this is the one where the going is getting rough in europe, & world war two is about to get started. nin is participating a lot in cafe/salon culture, making friends with various artists, reading manuscripts, stil [...]

    4. The book falls apart in my hands. Its as if no one has read it for 40 years. The pages have turned yellow brown with age and stiffened with coldness. It’s brittle and frozen. It comes undone in my hands as if the sheer touch of it is too much to handle. It is overwhelmed. Has it waited out death for 4o years to die in warmth? But I cannot allow this. I will not aid in the murdering of something once so beautiful and filled with a thousand lives. The pages fall off like the hair of a chemo pati [...]

    5. I completely fell in love with Anais Nin and gobbled up her first three diaries. And then, just like that, I saw the movie Henry and June a few weeks ago, and, well, her Diaries were off-loaded to the guy at the Goodwill Donation center this past weekend (along with All the Sad, Young Literary Men, Then We Came To The End, and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People). How could I fall so hard and then feel so duped? I don't know. What does that say about moi? I don't know. I think what got to me [...]

    6. For some reason I enjoy "hanging out" with Anais during the summer. So to keep in form, I read Diary 2. Not as good as the first, I still enjoyed her artistic writing style (even the mundane is viwed as art) and her colorful life. It is hard to imagine doing some of the impulsive things she does (e.g. leaving her home to purchase a riverboat, etc). In addition she continue to play the "savior" role for people around her, often at the expense of her own physical comfort. These types of experience [...]

    7. Rather than talk about what I learned, I just wanted to warn people that before buying these books they should check to see whether it is the "censored" or "unexpurgated" version. I didn't know and bought 3 "censored" volumes (this was because people she mentioned were still living at the time of publication. Republishing was the full version. These are still worth reading if you can find the uncensored ones

    8. This ought to be read in the fall, sitting on a bench in Thompkins Square Park (in the East Village), while sipping on an Americano from 9th Street Espresso. Ideally you'll be resting your feet on a skateboard. Or maybe that's just me.

    9. Staying deeply rooted to intuition, sensations, feelings rather than the intellect, premeditation, ideas.

    10. Poca objetividad con esta escritora, al menos 10 estrellas. Su erótica pluma es una de las más bellas de todos los tiempos! La epoca en la que vivió fue también muy prolífica y estimulante, fue amiga de pintores, dramaturgos, escritores, bailarinas, psicoanalistas, entre ellos Artaud y Miller, dos hermosos monstruos!

    11. There are a lot of thoughts in this diary that I loved, and those gems made this book well worthwhile. However, I found I lacked interest in her life, and this being a diary, there were a lot of entries about her problems mothering her friends with their various problems and vices. It was a struggle for me to finish this, but I did enjoy her insights.

    12. Knowing about the life of Anais Nin, I can only regard this work as utter fiction. Her adolescent and arrogant delusions are at times amusing, other times embarrassing. Yet there is something interesting

    13. I spread out on my bed all the gifts I brought from New York. A set of wooden dishes with astrologic symbols against blue-painted edges. We will have a dinner and invite Antonin Artaud.-Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin

    14. giving this four stars even though i found all her ruminations on the differences between women & men annoying. not sure if i overlooked that in the first volume or if it was heavier in this one. anyway, her writing is magic & reading the diaries always inspires me to write more in mine.

    15. underwhelming. nice writing at times but she doesnt seem like a particularly insightful, intelligent or interesting individual tbh

    16. had the whole set and read them all at 17 or 18. Enthralled then, would probably be less enthralled and more irritated were I to read them now.

    17. People criticize Nin for, among other things, her self-absorption, but I think any diary of anyone, literary or not, has at its central character the diarist. Maybe I’m self-centered too, but I’m the main character in my life and journal as well. What makes Nin’s diary meaningful to me is not so much the meanderings of a 1930s woman’s self-exploration. Instead it is the incredible time and place she documents — the Paris alive with creativity and forward thinking (avant garde)before WW [...]

    18. "When the real self is born, the ego vanishes.""Hostility is jealousy. Destructiveness is a sign of impotence." "A human writer realizes that other human beings may be victims like himself and he should write with them against the aggressor, not become one.""Women will be the last one on earth to learn independence, to find strength in herself." "As a writer I believe language has power." poetic illumination of life = love of life, lonely in a world of ideas, sadism = judgement of others"Conflic [...]

    19. "By being alive I mean living out of all the cells all the parts of one's self."My two worlds intersect: my love for Anais and for Django united on page 105 of this volume. "Between the shocks are gypsy carts overflowing with big families. among there was a pretty red-and-black house, a toy -size house with a miniature garden, enclosed by a fence. In the garden grew giant sunflowers, and it was filled With pigeons, birds in cages, dives. This was the house of Django, the guitarist, whom Django k [...]

    20. A favorite author, if you like memoir, this woman had the mind of a poete is said to have embellished some things, or lied outright in some of her diariesbut perspective everything, and no one can take away a persons belief and one's belief is one's reality, now, isn't it? Therefore if she believed her so called liesen they were hers to believe. And if her truth was not so true for the next person, it was still her way of seeing and believeing soor perhaps she wasn't lying whatsoever, she had re [...]

    21. When I ordered this book I thought it was the Unexpurgated Diary, with all the eroticism and sensual adventures of Anais. Unfortunately, the diary was censored and din't contain any word about Anais' love life. Henry Miller is different from the time of love affair with Anais, he grew older, became calmer, didn't search for cunts so badly, started to be interested in Buddhism. It is not the Henry Anais was in love with. That's why she found Gonzalo - a new asshole to fall in love with, obsessed [...]

    22. Found the first two volumes in a box from the college days. Re-reading has been a total pleasure. If you aren't familiar with Ms. Nin, here my lazy way to comment: entry-- "Anaïs Nin's most important works, in the judgment of both herself and scholars, are her diaries or journals. The journals, which span several decades, provide a deeply explorative insight into her personal life and relationships. Nin was acquainted, often quite intimately, with a number of prominent authors, artists, psycho [...]

    23. On so many instances, it was like reading my own thoughts on the page.I loved the thoughts, the questions, the self-diggings, the observations, and the words and sentences that carried those to the page Does this mean that an Iranian woman is having the same thoughts and concerns of a western woman but half a century later? or do western women still have the same thoughts and concerns today as Nin's, feeling connected to her diary as strong as before, which will lead to the idea that literature [...]

    24. My only beef is that it drug a little in the third quarter, but goddamn, does it end strong in the last section. Whoever edited this so that it would end in the beginning of WW2 in an emaciated Paris was brilliant. As you draw closer and closer to the end, you get this sense of decay and Anais trying to orient herself in relation to this decay. It's incredibly moving.As always, the book itself brims with passages begging to be quoted. Fantastic.

    25. in all honesty, i loved this volume more than the first volume. even though it took me longer to read. the coming world war, the rise of facism, the spanish civil war, nin's houseboat, her maid the mouse was all mesmerizing. i get lost in Nin's language, sometimes not caring what is going on.i just love what she had to say. it is like an early liz phair song, like "Dance of the 7 veils"metimes i have no idea what the meaning is, i only know it made me feel something.

    26. Inégal. Toujours intéressant de constater que la majorité des personnalités artistiques connues de leur temps n'étaient que des êtres humains comme les autres, avec trés souvent des difficultés beaucoup plus grandes à vivre la vie que l'humble commun des mortels. Il en ressort que la majorité de leur production artistique, accouchée à coup de psychotropes, n'est que verbiage futile et au fond expression de mals-êtres puérils M'aura tout de même donné envie de lire Proust

    27. I do not remember this one as well as volume I. Will have to start collecting these so I can read all of them. (What can I say - as a Millennial, over-the-top narcissism really appeals to me. Too bad she wasn't born in the eighties when she also wouldn't have had to end up dying from a series of unsafe, illegal abortions).

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