Confessions of an English Opium Eater

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Good Book Confessions of an English Opium Eater release Describing the surreal hallucinations, insomnia and nightmarish visions he experienced while consuming daily large amounts of laudanum, Thomas De Quincey s legendary account of the pleasures and pains of opium forged a link between artistic self expression and addiction, and paved the way for later generations of literary drug takers from Baudelaire to Burroughs.. Popular Kindle Confessions of an English Opium Eater The Opium Eaters, a comedy, based on the sleeping habits of Thomas de Quincey and Marcel Proust.Characters:Marcel ProustThomas de QuinceyThe curtain goes up on a bedroom scene. Two of the walls are cork-lined, the third is a bare stone wall roughly coated with Roman cement. In the angle of the two cork-lined walls is a narrow wrought-iron bedstead covered with an eiderdown quilt and beside it, a night-table on which lie books, papers, and a little brass bell. Against the stone wall there is a brass bedstead piled high with blankets, and beside it a night-table on which lie books, papers, and a little gold bottle. There is someone lying on each of the beds.Marcel Proust: Longtemps, je me suis couché de bonne heure...(Propping himself on his elbow, he becomes aware of the audience and immediately reaches for the bell which he rings impatiently while calling out for his servant to come and close the curtains):Françoise, Françoise, il faut fermer les rideaux - il y a une foule immense devant la fenêtre!Thomas de Quincey, (sitting up in his bed angrily):My dear sir, desist immediately from your tintinnabulous propensities. These velvet drapes will be closed at the end of the scene and not before, so you are wasting your breath, which I see you have little enough of, in calling for it to be done ahead of time. And indeed your feeble efforts are doubly futile since the character you call for is not even in the play, and the people you speak of are only the audience, such a harmless group that is in no way to be feared, unlike the horrible hoards who people my own dreams; and can I caution you, dear sir, for I perceive you to be something of a valetudinarian, against becoming a confirmed heautontimourousmenos...Marcel Proust, (rubbing his eyes):Bougre! Qui est-ce qui me lance des propos incompréhensibles plein de mots intérminables et de phrases impénétrables?T de Q, (swinging his legs over the side of the bed):Ah, you wonder who addresses you in such elaborately constructed language? Allow me to introduce myself. (He walks to the centre of the stage) I am Thomas de Quincey and you and I are characters in a play, and please note, my dear sir, that this play is in English, and therefore oblige us by refraining from any outbursts à la française henceforth. I might remind you also that this play is being staged in the year of our Lord, 2013 to mark the bicentenary of the events contained in one of the chapters of the most famous of my works, the essay with the much disputed title among my peers of 'Confessions', yes, my dear sir, not a sensational 'Diary of an Addict', but the humble Confessions of an English Opium Eater, and a work furthermore in which my contemporaries believed I was being too confidential and too communicative..MP, (rising from his bed to look at a calendar hanging on the wall):But if this is indeed the year 2013, then this play is surely meant to mark the centenary of the publication of my most famous work, my 'Recherche', that single work on which I devoted the labour of my whole life, and had dedicated my intellect, blossoms and fruits, to the slow and elaborate toil of constructing it...T de Q, (holding up a document):I think that you are on the wrong page of the script, my dear sir, those are in fact my lines, taken directly from page 175 of the 'Confessions', referring to my own life’s work, begun upon too great a scale for the resources of the architect alas, and which because of the very subject of this play, was likely to stand as a memorial of hopes defeated, of baffled efforts, of materials uselessly accumulated; of foundations laid that were never to support a super-structure, of the grief and the ruin of the architect.MP, (moving towards the front of the stage and speaking directly to the audience):Strange how these words of his recall my own fears and doubts concerning the completion and future acclaim of the 'Recherche', although I always subscribed to the belief that true works of art are slow to receive their full recognition, and must wait for a period when the author himself will have crumpled to dust. This centenary celebration, and your devoted presence proves me right.(He nibbles on the corner of his moustache and mumbles to himself): Where are the Bergottes and the Blochs? All gone and forgotten while I alone have survived to become the keystone of modern literature...T de Q, (lying down again upon his bed): But alas, opium had a palsying effect on my intellectual faculties...MP, (walking across to T’s bedside table, picking up the gold bottle and sniffing its contents):I too have often reflected on the kinds of sleep induced by the multiple extracts of ether, of valerian, of opium...T de Q, (closing his eyes):I must now pass to what is the main subject of these confessions, to the history of what took place in my dreams. At night, when I lay in my bed, vast processions passed along in mournful pomp; friezes of never-ending stories, that to my feelings were as sad and as solemn as if they were stories drawn from times before Oedipus or Priam, before Tyre, before Memphis. MP, (massaging his temples):I feel something quiver in me, shift, try to rise, the glimmer of a visual memory, the elusive eddying of stirred-up colours...a magic lantern full of impalpable iridescences, multicoloured apparitions where legends are depicted as in a wavering, momentary stained-glass window...T de Q, (in a dreamy voice):A theatre seemed suddenly opened and lighted up within my brain, which presented nightly spectacles of more than earthly splendour. As the creative state of the eye increased, a sympathy seemed to arise between the waking and the dreaming states of the brain in one point, that whatsoever I happened to call up and to trace by a voluntary act upon the darkness was very apt to transfer itself to my dreams...MP, (going back to sit on the side of his bed):Yes, what one has meant to do during the day, one accomplishes only in one’s dreams, that is to say after it has been distorted by sleep into following another line than one would have chosen when awake. The same story branches off and has a different ending.T de Q:All this and other changes in my dreams were accompanied by deep-seated anxiety and gloomy melancholy, such as wholly incommunicable by words...MP, (lying down):But my sadness was only increased by those multi-coloured apparitions of the lantern..T de Q:The sense of space, and in the end the sense of time, were both powerfully affected. Buildings, landscapes, &c., were exhibited in proportions so vastly as the bodily eye is not fitted to receive....MP, (closing his eyes):In Combray, I moved through the church...a space with, so to speak, four dimensions - the fourth being Time - extending over the centuries...T de Q:The minutist incidents of childhood, or forgotten scenes of later years, were often revived...MP: I have many pictures preserved by my memory of what Combray was during my childhood..T de Q:The following dream...a Sunday morning in May...Easter Sunday..right before me lay the scene which could really be commanded from that situation, but exalted, as was usual, and solemnised by the power of dreams...the hedges were rich with white roses...MP:It was at Easter...in the month of May that I remember...in the church..little branches of buds of a dazzling whiteness...T de Q:I find it impossible to banish the thought of death when I am walking alone in the endless days of summer...MP:That summer day seemed as dead, as immemorially ancient as...a mummyT de Q:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........MP:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..................Audience:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..................Readers:Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz........................
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  1. Thomas de Quincey was an English author and intellectual, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium Eater 1821.See also enpedia wiki Thomas_d

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  1. The Opium Eaters, a comedy, based on the sleeping habits of Thomas de Quincey and Marcel Proust.Characters Marcel ProustThomas de QuinceyThe curtain goes up on a bedroom scene Two of the walls are cork lined, the third is a bare stone wall roughly coated with Roman cement In the angle of the two cork lined walls is a narrow wrought iron bedstead covered with an eiderdown quilt and beside it, a night table on which lie books, papers, and a little brass bell Against the stone wall there is a brass [...]


  2. If there is reincarnation I want them to put a hold on mine until humanity has invented drugs that don t have a down side to them No tiresome side effects, like early death And they ll be cheap And you ll still be able to fire up your jet pack and get to the office and do your job and impress your team leader And no skin blemishes O drugs of the future, I salute you and your friendliness and complete lack of ill effects Because you see opium, for one, as Thomas de Quincey demonstrates in this fa [...]


  3. 3.5 stars One can see why Confessions was such a favorite among the drug addled youngsters of the 60s and 70s The title is catchy but surprise its not primarily a book about drug experiences Only the last 20 or so pages plumb that It s about suffering, homelessness, and penury There were passages that reminded me of 1993 s Travels with Lizbeth Three Years on the Road and on the Streets by Lars Eighner, a wonderfully written book about homelessness The class system of Britain, thank God it s dyin [...]


  4. If I published under my own name a book that was this bad, I d fall through the floor for shame With fewer than 20 pages drearily sketching the use of opium, what s left is a mind numbing autobiography of atrocious prose in service to pathological vanity How does this writer get away with it The structure is a disaster A footnote on one page tells about the family name Quincey that footnote refers readers to an appendix that appendix has yet footnotes, all devoted to the name Other footnotes ta [...]


  5. This is as much a treat for the prose style as it is for the hallucinatory detail.The edition I received from the library dating from the 1890s is in two parts The first is the Confessions as shown in the title, and is split into three further parts a biographical sketch of the author s life, and The Pleasures and Pains of Opium, respectively His descriptions are long winded and evocative Time and space slow down, and he felt lifted up to a supreme pleasure, where all pain was gone.Then once the [...]


  6. First published in 1821, it paved the way for later generations of literary drug users, from Baudelaire to Burroughs Whee While this is maybe not indispensable, it s also not than 100 pages, so it gets five stars based on its ratio of awesomeness vs time commitment And it is pretty awesome De Quincey is funny and weird and literate, and the roots of all kinds of drug stories from those quoted above to Trainspotting and, oh, A Million Little Pieces are clearly visible.In one of those proud yet c [...]



  7. Thomas de Quincey started taking opium in the form of laudanum conveniently available over the counter from all good chemists in early 19th century Britain as pain relief At no time was he taking his opium directly either by smoking or even eating, the title is indicative of his interest in finding the right phrase or most striking turn of words rather than the most accurate description The downside of this search of his for the best turn of phrase is that in the second edition of his book he fr [...]


  8. While researching the use of opium for my own fictional writings into the subject, I came across this fascinating article about a fellow whose habit of collecting paraphernalia led him to become both the leading expert on them and an addict The interview led me to the work of Dr H.H Kane, and Kane s analysis led me back to de Quincey, with whom I had some prior familiarity due to my literary studies.De Quincey s writing style is precise and exacting, but he does not have that flair for storytell [...]


  9. De i se vede clar tentativa de roman, cartea are mai mult nuan e tiin ifice Nu se refer doar la opium i la urm rile sale medicale, ci i psihologice i respectiv sociale ncadrarea n timp i spune i ea cuv ntul Cartea a fost scris c nd cele dou r zboaie ale opiului erau n plin tatea lor Anglia descoperise secretul Chinei i se luase cu dansa la har Nu vreau s mi imaginez farmecul dat de aceast substan dac dou dintre puterile lumii moderne au dus dou mari r zboaie pentru el.


  10. Sure, the lead up to the actual confessions of taking opium and the resulting consequences was longer than the apparent subject matter of the book, but who cares I found this to be an insightful text into the dangers of at the time a widely used drug This also apparently paved the way for many other drug substance abuse memoirs, of which the only one I can think of that I have read were Junky by Burroughs Confessions is written in a clear, concise manner and with the interesting subject matter c [...]


  11. I was disappointed I confess, though I don t know why I had high expectations given I have always found people on drugs profoundly boring though I note that usually they find themselves extremely interesting De Quincy writes I have, for the general benefit of the world, innoculated myself as it were, with the poinson of 8000 drops of laudanum per day just for the same reason as a French surgeon inoculated himself lately with cancer What struck me most was privilege, even in his poverty after run [...]


  12. I read this as de Quincey appeared as a character in Murder as a Fine Art Wow can you imagine what he would have been like if he had been at his zenith in the late 60 s I was reminded at times of Fat Freddy in The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, who one night decided to write a book He took a little something to aid the imagination and another little something for creativity etc, etc When his progress was checked on the following morning his pages just read and then and then and then and then and [...]


  13. Years ago, I had started Thomas de Quincey s magnificent book, but laid it aside for some inexplicable reason Now I see that this volume Confessions of an English Opium Eater is infinitely worth reading through to the end, and even returning to its glories at a later date De Quincey s opium habit led to his heterodox approach to life, which alternated between manic passages of glory to massive funereal threnodies, of which the following sentence from The English Mail Coach is but a sample I sate [...]


  14. Romanul este o autobiografie, unde autorul i prezint cititorului via a sa, din copil rie p n la maturitate i influen a opiului asupra tuturor aspectelor din via a profesional i personal De i la prima vedere romanul pare a fi doar o poveste al unui dependent de droguri, Confesiunile unui opioman englez aduce n prim plan greut ile prin care trece De Quincey n copil rie, via a de vagabond dus ca adolescent n Londra, dar i maturizarea sa Opiul joac un rol important n toate deciziile pe care le ia au [...]


  15. Where do I even begin with this book Did it enlighten me at times Yes Did I want to huck it against a wall or chuck it out my window Yes given it was a paperback and not on my tablet I read this for research purposes for a future work of mine and well it seems I didn t get much out of it and may have to look elsewhere The author Thomas de Quincey explains his trials and experiments with opium He also explains his dull hopeless life for the first half of the book Let me state that he knew how to [...]


  16. La nceput, cartea Confesiunile unui opioman englez Confessions of an English Opium Eater , scris de Thomas De Quincey i reeditat n anul 2012 de Editura Adev rul Holding n colec ia 101 c r i de citit ntr o via , nu m a atras de prima dat ns , c nd e ti un filolog n devenire , anumite circumstan e academice te mping s ie i din zona ta de comfort intelectual nainte s vorbesc despre con inutul c r ii, trebuie neap rat s v amintesc faptul c aceste confesiuni au fost scrise pe la nceputul secolului al [...]


  17. Potpuno jedno seksi, egzistencijalisti ki filozofsko psihodeli no autobiografsko esej e iz 1821 godine, koje mi ulep alo ve e Bilo bi savr eno da nema previ e digresija koje itavoj ispovesti daju jedan utisak nepotrebnog nagomilavanja i udaljavanja od teme jer sadr ina svake digresije, po svom obimu, mogla bi da se izdvoji kao posebna pri a.


  18. An odd little book, which if you know nothing about in advance probably won t fit with your expectations given the title There are sections on opium and its effects on the author, but large chunks of the book mention it hardly at all.The book is structured in 3 parts The first two of which are seemingly unconnected, but which the author claims to bring together in the third This is at best partially achieved In these sections there is a rough chronological series of events, and a lot of random m [...]


  19. Confessions of an English Opium Eater written in 1821 by Thomas De Quincey is a short, yet interesting account of the author s addiction to opium Even though it was written 200 years ago, it is still relevant today The first half of the book provides some autobiographical material and the second half describes his opium use Although De Quincey is overly wordy in places, and the account meanders at times, I still think his humanity shines through the wordy text He discusses how his use of opium s [...]


  20. This is an interesting and candid look at a man in the early 19th century originally published 1821 who has a deep love and affection for opium Opium, though not illegal at the time and in fact actually highly accessible to the general public , is addictive and was often the drug of choice for many writers and poets of the time De Quincey suffered from a chronic stomach malady for which he felt the laudanum improved The majority of his family died off from tuberculosis, but De Quincey made it to [...]


  21. After circling this book for years, I finally read it today And it knocked my socks off DeQuincey writes like an angel Even in the less structured passages his descriptions of his opium dreams are somewhat disjointed his writing is so astonishingly brilliant that the reader is swept along In her introduction to the Penguin Classic edition, Alethea Hayter describes DeQuincey s prose as highly charged, close textured, every word and syllable choice enriched with music and imagery , prose that work [...]


  22. AcknowledgementsChronologyIntroductionFurther ReadingA Note on the Texts Confessions Of An English Opium Eater Suspiria De Profundis The English Mail Coach Appendix Opium in the Nineteenth CenturyGlossaryNotes



  23. Confessions Of An English Opium Eater em portugu s julgo estar traduzido como Confiss es de Um Opi mano Ingl s de Thomas De Quincey uma obra da qual transborda engano, expectativas frustradas, contradi es, justifica es pouco convincentes, meias verdades e hilaridade n o intencional.O t tulo da obra, tremendamente escandaloso e sensacionalista para o ano em que foi publicada 1821 com o bvio intuito de fazer dinheiro r pido, promete muito mais do que efectivamente oferece ao leitor Ao lermos tal t [...]


  24. Thomas De Quincey is utterly fascinating when he is describing his experiences with opium The details ranging from how he was first introduced to laudanum to the difficulty he had attempting to come off of it are quite valuable to anyone with an interest in what someone actually experienced versus how medical professionals describe the potential fall out He has been accused of making opium sound like a better habit than it should, but I personally do not see that To me, Confessions reads like a [...]


  25. As a former eater of opium, I found De Quincey s book to be hauntingly accurate in its description of the effects of opium and the extent and feelings of addiction Wow Really powerful, to know that the issue of opiate addiction is nothing new and really hasn t changed since the early 19th century except perhaps to be widespread Further, elements of De Quincey s writing included the kind of tongue in cheek sarcastic remarks only an addict would really make or understand For example, he mentions [...]


  26. buy dried papaver somniferum pods from your local grocery, floral or horticulture store ten pods per person but twenty when it doubt is what i ve always said break open the vagina to eternity removing the babies by billions and grind the cervix, wall and crown to powder for optimum surface area to be absorbed in tea yes, poppy tea tea for all a splash of lemon juice as the water begins to roll in boil actually creates trace amounts of heroin


  27. Affascinato dai romantici inglesi e per darmi delle arie lo lessi al liceo.Stupivo i compagni con i metodi di preparazione del laudano, precisando quanti grani andavano disciolti e quali spezie usare per nascondere il forte odore dell oppio.Io che non ho mai neanche fumato una sigaretta.Strana cosa l adolescenza.


  28. Wow, quite a good read He is a complete genius, though he tends to ramble on albeit brilliantly I enjoyed the olde timey vocabulary, and the archaic references It made the book slow to read, but it also makes it a unique piece of history to enjoy Grab a blanket, sit on an easy chair, and bust out that bottle of laudanum you got from ye olde apothecary.


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