It’s not quite as much fun to write a review when it seems everyone is basically in agreement. Crowley was not as evil as folklore suggests, and he was a lot more. Spine lettered in red horizontally across the spine ‘[double-rule] | THE DIARY | OF A | DRUG FIEND | [ornament] | ALEISTER CROWLEY [ publisher’s device]. If you are interested in the arcane, the occult, the erotic or the highs and lows of drug addiction, then this book is for you. A piece of fiction.

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You come and see my new group. I suppose I realised obscurely somehow that the woman was in reality the mainspring of the whole manoeuvre. Gad, if one started to get worried about funny little D. I a-dore Thee, Evoe! She gave herself out as a great authority on literature ; but all her knowledge was parrot, and her own attempts in that direction the most deplorably dreary drivel that ever had been printed even by the chattering clique which she financed.

It deadens any feeling which might arouse what physiologists call inhibition. The author protests unceasingly that this is a true story, but to me it reads like the plots of the Hollywood scenario writers.

I had to diafy his description of the woman called Lou several times. MagickMemoirsEdition: Neither name meant anything to me.

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Diary of a Drug Fiend and Other Works by Aleister Crowley

It is a book that ought to be burned. Oct 13, Caty rated it really liked it.

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The diary of a drug fiend

Hast thou not sovereign contempt, which makes the soul so kind? He stood facing the north and accompanied his speech with a series of complicated gestures. But, then, Apeister happen most emphatically to dislike losing control over my idary faculties, and the great attraction of drugs appears to be the creation in the mind of a false suggestion of wonderful power and pleasure—until the virtue goes out of them and they produce no effect whatever, save a restless craving, unless doses are taken regularly.

I saw them glitter with triumphant malice ; and for a moment she and Lou and cocaine and myself were all inextricably interlocked in a tangled confusion of ruinous thought.

He was bored and disgusted to find them pretending to be alive. I will write a review crug I re-read this book.

Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley

I hated the beast! It pleased her to assume the psychology of the Oriental pleasure-making woman. For those unfamiliar with this genre, here’s the plot pattern that most of these books follow: There are some truly vivid sense of desperation in this tale.

Yes, I could understand well enough the change in the weather. It may be asked how such a book could secure publisher. I was Feeling itself!

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The pendulum swings from the extreme of licence to the x of prudery. Normal life is like an aeroplane before she rises. Samuel Weiser, New York, There’s some interesting stuff depicting the horrible spiral of addiction. I knew instinctively that the 35 Over the Top! It was right up near the Ftoile, and appeared to the naked eye an absolutely respectable first-class family hotel for the sons of the nobility and gentry.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your q favourite book. The prose, while remarkable, is perhaps just a smidgen turgid and Victorian—or perhaps Edwardian—for modern tastes, but suffers not greatly for that as it well fits the period of the story, which is presented in three sections parallel to Dantethough reordered: Our beatitude became more absolute every moment.

This was mostly bluff. It produced a weird effect— this mingling of the savage Mongol with the savage Norseman type. They move from the Pendragons’ country estate to a room in a slum house on Greek Street.

But after some consideration, Grant Richards could not see his way to accept my terms. I was not impressed, frankly, with Mrs.