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The National Book Award winner presents a stunning new life of one of this century's most elusive and alluring women writers. Best known for her sexual peccadillos, and especially her affair with Henry Miller, Nin emerges in this work as a deeply complex and gifted writer whose major themes reflected the public life of our age.
Posted July 8, 2013
Anais Nin is one of my favorite authors, but after 500 pages, even I was a little sick of her. I got the impression that so was the author, at times - which is okay, because Anais herself was not always a nice or kind person. She was often self-centered, jealous, petty, and devious.
Anais was also incredibly talented, when she wasn't getting in her own way, and generous with her lovers (even if it was her husband's money she was sharing) and her work.
A very complicated woman, who did track her life - via her famous diaries - but frequently rewrote them for various purposes. (Some went to far as to dub them "liaries.") Anais was the ultimate unreliable narrator, and each person in her life heard different stories from her, often a mixture of truth and lies. Trying to untangle it and put together a reasonable narrative of what Anais was doing, saying, and why, is really an incredible work.
As mentioned, it is quite long - but it needed to be, to cover the lifespan of a woman who lived over 70 years and juggled husbands, lovers, and a writing and speaking career.