He feels guilty for hating normal life and is simultaneously tormented and excited by his gruesome memories of war. He and Sabina have a very intense connection, though they only spend one night together, and for a long time after they part she sees his face in other men and ignores anyone who does not remind her of him. I slept with war, all night I slept with war once. I received deep war wounds into my body, as you never did, a feat of arms for which I shall never be decorated! In the end Sabina does not find solace with Alan, but with Djuna in a room above a bar, with the lie detector telling her about her own life.
She lies on the floor, listening to their voices and letting the music from the gramophone wash over her.
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This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Skip to content Penguin Modern Classics cover. Image: bookcrossing. Image: invisiblebooks. Like this: Like Loading Published by Lizzi. What Do You Think? Cancel reply Enter your comment here Mostly, her lifestyle and Nin's prose seemed exhausting, and made me very happy to be in my jammies at night, cuddling with my laptop and my dog, instead of roaming the city in search of metaphor-spewing orgasms.
But you do you, Anais. You do you. In fact, I can't remember ever deliberately quitting a book if I'm more than 5 pages into it, but I'm getting older now, and my time and patience is a little more scarce. From the get-go this book's "plot" was always in peril of being swallowed by the character's own over-self-analysis, often poetically told.
But it became clear after a while that nothing was going anywhere, and eventually it became more interesting to psycho-analyze myself self-indulgently than read about someone else doing it, so I did. Jan 27, Yash Sinojia rated it really liked it Shelves: erotica , fiction , classics , romance. I so want to have a Moonbath! Oct 10, Morgan rated it really liked it Shelves: novel.
I first discovered Nin last year actually. Read a sample of her diary in a comic book anthology I own. Ended up really liking her. Thankfully my mom owns three of her books. This one being the first that was published the earliest. I wouldn't start with this book though. I feel like I made the mistake reading an authors wok in chronological order this time.
Most of the times I try to do that to see how a writer writes, but I felt like I was missing something with this one. Is there a book before I first discovered Nin last year actually. Is there a book before I'm missing? I still love Nin's writing style in this. Loved a lot of the quotes and like her word choices. She obviously cares about her writing. But I do love her writing. If you liked her I suggest you read Henry Miller and D.
Lawrence as well.
She wrote about one and slept with the other. In honestly, she was clearly influenced by both, but she help erotica too. I believe she opened the doors for many women writers in this type of gene. Letting people talk about a real relationship rather then some fairytale. I should also point out if you want to read this thinking it's a spy novel, don't. Didn't even occur to me until today that this would make a perfect James Bond title. You'll get action, but not th action you're expecting.
Jul 22, Michelle rated it liked it Shelves: feminist-theory , read-in First Anais Nin I've ever read Throughout the story, Sabina slips in and out of sexual encounters with different men although she seems to derive her deepest happiness from a man named Alan, who represents somewhat of a father figure.
Although she deeply admires him and even might love him, Sabina is so unstable that she cannot seem to stop her infidelities, even though she is racked with guilt and paranoia afterward. Her e First Anais Nin I've ever read Her entire life, it seems, has become one big game of espionage.
Just when I felt as if I was beginning to understand her thoughts, motivations and patterns the book just ended. Anais Nin. Anais Nin Books. Letting people talk about a real relationship rather then some fairytale. Published by Penguin Classics I thought maybe Iif I were more aware of the time pasing I would feel like a spy with her, as opposed to a detatched observer. There are more copies of this book View all search results for this book.
She has to come up with alibis, make sure she doesn't frequent the same places with each man, and she has to lie almost constantly. Her existence, although romantic and filled with passion, seems also incredibly torturous. I wanted so deeply to enjoy this book and, for the most part, I did but I was left wanting a bit more. The imagery was beautiful, sensual, and easy relatable her description of Alan was eerily similar to how I would describe my boyfriend yet the plot seemed a bit too unstructured for my tastes. I wasn't particularly floored but I won't give up on Nin yet! I plan on reading "Henry and June" soon.
Dec 21, Debbie Robson rated it it was amazing. Having already read one of Nin's erotic short story collections, I wrongly presumed that this novel was a similar type of work. How wrong could I be! This is for me anyway a brilliant evocation of a lost soul. Sabina moves between her sheltered, relatively happy life with Alan to her restless wanderings of nightclubs, the beach and Mambo's club. During the course of this short novel we meet three of her men. My favourite is the flyer from the war who has seen death and like Sabina can't live Having already read one of Nin's erotic short story collections, I wrongly presumed that this novel was a similar type of work.
My favourite is the flyer from the war who has seen death and like Sabina can't live a normal life. My one complaint is that the back cover says Sabina is a firebrand of New York's s but within the text it appears the war is still ongoing. As she moves between two worlds, the lies involved often suffocate her. The details of this torn life are so artfully recreated that I began to wonder about the author. What a fascinating women! I'm now hoping to read a lot more of her work. View all 4 comments. Oct 01, Heleen rated it really liked it. Exactly that might be the problem.
There is no pause in the intensity of her prose. It's arresting, yes, breathless, certainly - restless, desperate, at times despairingly hopeful, and it's all of these things at once. Her sentences never stutter before gaining momentum again. They gallop along, endlessly, with sweat on their tongues, urged on by a writer who doesn't believe in taking a breath when that breath is not one of infinite arousal. Her writing style therefore can be quite baroque at best, flowery at worst. And yet, and YET Perhaps this is exactly Nin's charm; exactly the thing that makes me return to her.
I feel like you cannot read her books without being prepared to succumb to her energetic pace and the density of her writing style. It is exactly that density that reveals a fragile intimacy - a gate if you will - able to reveal parts of life you're only hesitant to admit existed, let alone aspire to. At page 7: What on earth is this ridiculously stylised At page Okay When will this end?
I can't stop By page Thank goodness that's over! At times the language is descriptive and lovely, like a blend of feminist Angela Carter and the most flowery of prose maybe Wilde's in A Picture of Dorian Grey? At others, a pretentious, run-on sent At page 7: What on earth is this ridiculously stylised At others, a pretentious, run-on sentence a paragraph long or a heavy-handed reference to the repugnant main character's "fragmented self" "gleams off the page". It's like you gave a teen some psychoanalysis and a deadline for the next day to have written fiction about it. Won't be reading any more of Nin any time soon, but she certainly was quite the experience.
Gosh, this was dull and drear. I felt like it just dragged on and on which it did as it laid on my bed side table for 4 months with only 10 pages left, of which I couldn't even bring myself to finish until now. The moving from locations and times, for one, was just so incredibly messy. I was attached to absolutely no characters, nor interested or invested in them.
The plot bored me. It was all a great shame because some of the authors other works I've read were very artistic and really beautiful Gosh, this was dull and drear. It was all a great shame because some of the authors other works I've read were very artistic and really beautifully intertwined sensuality with art and made many social statements, etc. This was all quite dull in comparison as it pains me to say. Mar 04, Janet rated it it was amazing. I wanted to be Anais Nin Prefer her fiction to her diary, and this is my favorite--the ghost of June Miller everywhere here. View 1 comment.
Sep 03, Sarah Coe rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: anyone feeling in need of a little sexy danger. Shelves: sexysexy. Anais Nin is brilliant at capturing the essence of female sensuality, mystery and complexity. Reading Nin feels like taking a warm, candle-lit bath while drinking a glass of good red wine.
Trust alone is not love, illusion is not love, desire alone is not love. All these were paths leading you out of yourself, it is true, and so you thought they led to another, but you never reached the other. You were only on the way. Nov 13, Maura rated it it was amazing. There are those who view Sabina as a hero and those who view her as a villain.
A Spy In The House Of Love. Imprint: Penguin Classics. Published: 30/08/ ISBN: Length: Pages Series: Penguin Modern Classics. Buy A Spy In The House Of Love (Penguin Modern Classics) New Ed by Anaïs Nin (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. Everyday low prices and .
I can not change the mind of one who dismisses this book because they are not interested in her life and her experiences. A Spy In The House of Love is very much Sabina's mental anguish, her uncertainty and her conscience wrestling within itself and if you've no interest in her, you will not be interested in her story.
This is a book about a woman who, quite simply, has affairs. I find it quite easy to find tal There are those who view Sabina as a hero and those who view her as a villain. I find it quite easy to find tales of men who philander. I find stories about women who escape bad relationships in the arms of other men. I find accounts of individuals who meet their soul-mates and run off to be with them. This is something I do not find. Its literary equal did not exist when Anais Nin penned it and I do not believe that in a popular sense it exists today.
Sabina is happily married. The men she is with are not the loves of her life. Each relationship is an escape, but the escape is not from the tragic, merely the mundane. Nin delves into her psyche, explores her discontent and does so beautifully and fully. I do not recommend this book. If you need to read it, you will. And if you read it and understand it, it will have mattered. It is not for everyone. But for those whom it touches, it will leave its mark.
Apr 22, Theresa Wasiloski rated it liked it. I think "fecund" was Nin's favorite word while writing this book. And it kind of grosses me out. What I liked most about this book were the insights- into the hiding, lies and guilt, particularly.
While reading A Spy I had several of those "yes, i understand that completely" moments, which I appreciated. Also, the on-fireness of Sabina I thought was relatable. Consume, consume, consume.