Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Illustrated)

Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Illustrated)

by Thomas De Quincey

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• "I here present you, courteous reader, with the record of a remarkable period in my life: according to my application of it, I trust that it will prove not merely an interesting record, but in a considerable degree useful and instructive." So begins "The Confessions of an English Opium-Eater." Originally published in two parts in the "London Magazine" in 1821, it is a gripping account of one Englishman's addiction to opium. Thomas De Quincey details the effects of his opium use and in so doing warns the reader of the dangers and terrors of serious drug addiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781300177678
Publication date: 09/09/2012
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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Confessions of an English Opium Eater 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Confessions of an English Opium-eater!It's one of the best books I've ever read, the way De Quincy depicts his life, along with others just takes you to where he is,what he's experiencing,feeling, everything! I think everyone who's ever considered doing drugs should read this then make their decision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very interesting and entertaining. One of my favorite books.
LadyBadness More than 1 year ago
I read Murder as a Fine Art by Thomas De Qunicey last year and found it so interesting that I had to know more about the author! What better way to learn about him than to read his "Confessions?" The book covers the pros and cons of opium use, which was a fairly common practice in De Quincey's time. He describes the nightmares he suffered as a result of the opium addiction in vivid detail, making the reader understand why De Quincey did not advocate opium use, even though he was an avid user. De Quincey's account is so real and compelling that the reader can feel the lure of opium and the devastation of its continued use. This is a quick read, but provides unusual insight to the author's mind, as well as the time period.
jmaloney17 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have not finished this book yet, but I am reviewing it anyway. It has been torture, so I feel justified. It is less than 300 pages and it has taken me a week to get through about 200 of them. I kind of hate the book.I was under the false assumption that this book would be about opium. It is really more about the writer justifying his use of opium. I guess back in the day, Colerige ousted him as having no good reason for taking opium. Unlike C. who had a perfectly good reason. Or something like that. So basically it was macho B.S. I found out very little about what opium did, whether it was socially acceptable, legal, illegal, how much it cost. Nothing. Boo.
jonpgorman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i found this book to be very dry and difficult to get through
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Witty and erudite, if prone to fits of self-indulgent loquacity. This is the drug confessional that began a whole genre, but the author is strangely coy about the details of his experiences, both positive and negative.
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loved it
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Joe is caca and poop 4 stars!!!!