Confessions of An English Opium-eater and Other Writings

Confessions of An English Opium-eater and Other Writings

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"Thomas De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821) launched a fascination with drug use and abuse that has continued from his day to ours. In the Confessions De Quincey invents recreational drug taking, but he also details both the lurid nightmares that beset him in the depths of his addiction as well as his humiliatingly futile attempts to renounce the drug. Suspiria de Profundis centres on the deep afflictions of De Quincey's childhood, and examines the powerful and often paradoxical relationship between drugs and human creativity. In 'The English Mail-Coach', the tragedies of De Quincey's past are played out with horrifying repetitiveness against a backdrop of Britain as a Protestant and an imperial power. This edition presents De Quincey's finest essays in impassioned autobiography, together with three appendices that are highlighted by a wealth of manuscript material related to the three main textswlkt 2013/10.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780199600618
Characteristics: xlv, 332 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Morrison, Robert 1961-


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Jun 15, 2015

If you are an opium-eater, then, yes, perhaps Thomas De Quincey's writings may strike a familiar chord with you - But, for me, I really couldn't appreciate his stories for what they were apparently worth. And, with that said, here are my biggest beefs which prevented me from achieving full appreciation for these rather absurd writings from the mid-1800s.

I found that De Quincey almost constantly wrote in a very flat and meandering style of prose. With his sentences frequently reaching 70 words, or more, he often seemed to lose track of what he had originally stated and he would then end his statement on a completely unrelated thought.

And if that wasn't frustrating enough for this exasperated reader, De Quincey also had an annoying habit of writing long-winded paragraphs that continued for 3 pages, or more, without a break.

Anyway - I don't know about you, but I, for one, just couldn't get into De Quincey's tales of opium-eating since a majority of his prose clearly came across to me like the senseless and unfocused ramblings of a certified dope-head. And so, in the long run, I simply found them to be just a waste of my time.


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