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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Since Trainspotting, heroin chic has certainly put Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction by [Davies, Luke]. Read "Candy A Novel of Love and Addiction" by Luke Davies available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. "Candy is beside . In Luke Davies' Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction, the unnamed narrator falls in love with Candy, who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle and his love of.

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Candy book. Read To ask other readers questions about Candy, please sign up. Shelves: addicted, fiction, media-tie-in, shelf, love-story, australia. by their addiction to heroin. Far from being mere grunge wallowing, Candy told the deeply-felt story of a particular kind of doomed love: love played out against. Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction pdf by L. Davies. The way you are missing there were. One suitable to streetwalker these events from my life was so far.

The film and the novel are significantly different. It also has a very different feel about it than the novel.

In fact, in many regards I am glad I watched the film first. There was no opportunity for me to have had expectations unmet, and so there was no disappointment. I enjoyed them both as two separate entities. But, this is a book review site, so I will leave further commentary regarding the film for another time and place. Apart from the differences in plot and vibe, the biggest surprise for me with the book is how beautifully it was written: So what did we do, once the descent began?

We learned how to drive well, under hazardous conditions. We had each other to egg each other on. There was neither room nor need for passengers.

Maybe we were also thinking that one day our car would sprout wings and fly. I saw that happen in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In no way does the author glamorise the tragedy of addiction — quite the opposite — but the writing makes the experience tolerable and by turns darkly funny and achingly poignant. Candy reads like an autobiography, penned by an unnamed narrator, who could be any lost soul on any street corner in the world.

The author takes us into the heart and mind of an addict, and exposes in raw, gritty detail the futility, waste and despair. This does not feel like a fictional account, it is far too vividly and emotionally detailed. Their journey is harrowing, confronting and just so damn tragic that it is disturbing to read. It's a powerful novel that can make you reconsider your views and perceptions.

Candy is such a novel, and I imagine it will continue to invade my thoughts for some time to come. Thank you, Buggy, for inspiring me to read this one. View all 4 comments. Jul 08, Igrowastreesgrow rated it really liked it Shelves: A well written book that reminded me that tragedy happens slowly. It is full of drugs, sex, and mishap.

It shows that sometimes the glue that holds relationships together can be the worst for us.

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The downside, and possibly an upside, is that the list keeps getting longer every time I look at it. It'll be great to eventua A well written book that reminded me that tragedy happens slowly. It'll be great to eventually read a lot of these books but it may be a list that I'll never finish. However, I hope to add more of the books to my read tag soon. First book read in order to complete list: Sep 04, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't know how you could write a book about heroine unless you lived it.

I waited till I was finished to find out and always try to do that when a question concerning the authors life comes up while reading. This book takes on a long time period and I felt as though I was trying to drop heroine the whole time.

My favorite quote was something that he said about football. I can't find it now because I left the book in a hut in Alaska, but it summed up the felling of caring about sports on TV. Jun 19, Christina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read it within 12 hours, I just could not put it down. Absolutely tragic read, but incredibly beautiful.

You can't help but sympathize with the characters, wanting them to succeed, to move past their addiction and live the dreams they keep insisting will come tomorrow, the next week, within the next few months, if only they can kick the habit. You want to believe in them, you really do Nov 16, Nicola rated it liked it Shelves: I have plenty of friends who I could never convince that reading a miserable book is enjoyable.

However, I think that miserable books offer the chance to feel strong empathy, served up alongside pity and schadenfreude. Candy , a gruelling ride through heroin addiction, has nary a light-hearted moment to be found.

Even the very first chapter, where the narrator remini I have plenty of friends who I could never convince that reading a miserable book is enjoyable. Even the very first chapter, where the narrator reminisces about happy times with his girlfriend, Candy, includes a terrifying, near-deadly overdose. Inevitably, some chapters are better than others: Candy is best at its quirkiest, such as when the drug-addled characters decide to breed their own master race of cats.

Aug 19, Christopher rated it it was amazing. My life only a few years ago, thank god I've been clean for almost 5 years now. View 1 comment. Nov 08, Susan rated it really liked it.

Candy by Luke Davies I've came to the conclusion if you are new in recovery from any sort of substance abuse this is definitely NOT the book to read for inspiration. When everything from our past that hurt us could be covered up and ignored, as if it never happened. We felt joy in the company of our ne Candy by Luke Davies I've came to the conclusion if you are new in recovery from any sort of substance abuse this is definitely NOT the book to read for inspiration. We felt joy in the company of our new using friends.

This book was indisputably written by an author that had either been through heroin addiction or had someone close to him give every seemingly insignificant detail of what it was like, for the book portrayed, without exaggeration, the exact life of a junkie from the beginning of the book till the end. It was written painfully beautiful, executing the deepest vileness and gruesome misery that come with such a life style.

The ways of finding means and ways to get more was perfectly illustrated, as well as, the extent one has to go through to not feel like they are dying from awfulness of withdrawal. The details that were formulated, extraordinarily, could easily bring haunting memories to a recovering addict.

I read the book quickly in two sitting because I had to get to the end. I had to remember the terror of addiction and what happens so the fantasy would go away. Clean and sober is an abnormal state for an alcoholic or addict.

When not using we feel overwhelming fear, indecisiveness, not knowing what to do or how to act; a foreign land.

The ending was exactly as I knew it would be for I had lived this book. Thank you Universe for freedom from this disease, this soul diminishing affliction.

Society views junkies as pathetic, worthless creatures, which have no morals, boundaries, or will power. Which is the farthest, the most ignorant falsehood. It makes me sad, irritated, enraged and sometimes simply laugh when I hear people who have never lived the horrors of addiction portray their thoughts of people who have been there.

I have no doubts after you do these things you will look at a junkie just as you would a person dying from cancer. They are both chronic, progressive, illnesses that are out to destroy, take everything you love and cherish, and ultimately take your life. Oct 05, Brandon Tietz rated it it was amazing. When I pick up any book for the first time, I always open it to a random point in the middle and begin reading. I've done this for years, and it's always served as an accurate gauge to the level of writing the author is demonstrating.

For the most part, every book is designed to begin with what's called a "hook," which is why most authors will always tell you in their workshops and seminars, "Always begin with action.

Regarding "Candy," I did not have this option. The first 13 pages were missing, and then another 40 or so subsequent pages, randomly torn out by the last reader. The eventual pitfall of purchasing books on Amazon, I'm afraid, and so Davies' writing was put to the random entry point test in every instance of another four or five or six missing pages.

There's no complex way of saying this: Naturally, one's mind jumps to the other two big junk novels in natural comparison, "Requiem for a Dream" and "Trainspotting," but where Selby Jr. Out of the three, "Requiem" still reigns king, but only in regards to its film adaptation.

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Davies' "Candy" accurately conveys the junkie lifestyle, its swelling highs and desperate lows more poignantly than I've ever had the pleasure of reading. This is a story of perceived love, but mainly it is a struggle between two people and their ability to connect when chemicals aren't involved. They scam and steal and sell themselves all in the name of love, but it's a love that steadily decays them with every injection. They are aware of the consequences, yet, continue to push the proverbial envelope in the name of devotion, a devotion not necessarily to each other.

There is joy in this novel, hope that is both realized and unrealized, and by the end you've been run ragged by these experiences. Great read. Highly recommend.

Nov 10, Madison Main rated it it was amazing. I really did love this book. Overall I thought this was the best book ive read. However I did see the movie before I read this book and I thought that the movie was better than the book.

I did not like how they ended the book, I would have liked if they put the movie ending into the book instead. Feb 16, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: A beautifully written train wreck.

I blew through this in just a couple hours, because I couldn't turn away, I HAD to stay along for this terrible terrible ride. I've known many Candy's in my life, I've lost many friends to Heroin. I wanted to get inside the mind of an addict. Well, this novel certainly was the epitome of what I was searching for as far as resolution and closure. I am proud of myself for never sinking into this life A beautifully written train wreck. I am proud of myself for never sinking into this lifestyle, despite many of my friends turning to Heroin to bury the pain of their hurtful pasts.

But there is absolutely nothing funny about this drug, this drug will encompass you and tear your life apart and then spit you out, a skeleton of who you once were. I immediately ordered the movie. Because there is something about watching this train wreck romance, you keep hoping they will get their shit together, even when all the odds are against them, and you know there isn't a chance in hell they will leave this lifestyle unscathed.

I would read absolutely anything this author wrote. Jun 21, Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was amazing Shelves: I honestly did not want this book to end!! It was brilliant, haunting, utterly cruel and true love story. It wracks your brain, wrecks your heart, and leaves you wanting more.

There were times when I couldn't put it down, times when I wanted it to end because I thought something really really bad was going to happen, and times when I fell so madly in love that I just didn't know how much more I could handle. This has to be one of the most real books I have read. I kind of wonder if it is real or n I honestly did not want this book to end!! I kind of wonder if it is real or not.

Is there any truth to this story? Told in 1st person pov you never learn the name of the man telling the story. NEVER once!! I thought we would learn it on the last page but never once. So, was it the author?

Or was it just a man inside his head? A character that I fell so deeply in love with that I wonder if he is now my own private addiction. The man telling the story is a heroin addict. He meets a nice girl.

An innocent girl who he falls in love with and wants to share everything with From cover to cover you learn how they lived their lives in Australia, exploring each other, and scamming the masses to get more money for drugs.

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Candy seems to be the main bread winner by working in a brothel. The man in the story does most of the deals or scams or sells books that he stole for a bit of extra cash. It's a beautiful story. I recommend it to everyone. I feel this will probably replace Party Monster for me. I can't tell you how many times I have read that story and there is no way I can predict how many times I will be reading this one.

Differences between the movie and the book The man telling the story's name is DAN in the movie and in the book they never tell his name. In the movie they are in a swimming pool many times.

I don't remember once when they went swimming in the book. He doesn't have a very big part in the book. He's mentioned a bit but not as much in the movie.

The little girl in the movie at the wedding is in the book Candy's aunt's kid. I guess that would make her a cousin. In the movie Candy is really into art but in the book Candy wanted to be an actress. Final Thoughts There is a lot more but I think everyone should watch the movie first then read the book. That's the way I did it and I wasn't at all disappointed. I'm not sure how I would feel if I had done it in reverse. The poetry in this book is just unreal. You can tell that the author really put his heart and soul in this book.

I absolutely loved it!! IF I could five it more stars I would. Super duper loved! Oct 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: More than a billion people smoke, and tobacco is implicated in the top five causes of death: heart disease, stroke, respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer.

Nearly one of every 20 adults worldwide is addicted to alcohol. No one has yet counted people hooked on gambling and other compulsive activities gaining recognition as addictions. Related video: The Science of Addiction Addiction affects tens of millions of people across the planet.

But where does it come from? In the United States an epidemic of opioid addiction continues to get worse.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a record 33, overdose deaths in from opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin—16 percent more than the previous record, set just the year before. In response to the crisis, the first ever U. It concluded that 21 million Americans have a drug or alcohol addiction, making the disorder more common than cancer. After spending decades probing the brains of drug-loving lab animals and scanning the brains of human volunteers, scientists have developed a detailed picture of how addiction disrupts pathways and processes that underlie desire, habit formation, pleasure, learning, emotional regulation, and cognition.

Addiction causes hundreds of changes in brain anatomy, chemistry, and cell-to-cell signaling, including in the gaps between neurons called synapses, which are the molecular machinery for learning. With a choice of openings that pay off in sugar pellets, the rat will consistently poke at the one with the biggest payoff but the smallest chance of winning. Using similar studies, Catharine Winstanley, a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia, has discovered that a medication that blocks a dopamine receptor can reduce risky decision-making linked to compulsive gambling.

They had measured electrical activity in neurons in cocaine-seeking rats and discovered that a region of the brain involved in inhibiting behavior was abnormally quiet.

Using optogenetics, which combines fiber optics and genetic engineering to manipulate animal brains with once unimaginable speed and precision, the researchers activated these listless cells in the rats. Gallimberti thought TMS might offer a practical way to do that. Our brains run on electrical impulses that zip among neurons with every thought and movement. Brain stimulation, which has been used for years to treat depression and migraines, taps that circuitry.

The device is nothing but a coiled wire inside a wand.

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When electric current runs through it, the wand creates a magnetic pulse that alters electrical activity in the brain. Gallimberti thought repeated pulses might activate drug-damaged neural pathways, like a reboot on a frozen computer. From the heady narcissism of the narrator's first days with his new lover, Candy, and the relative innocence of their shared habit, Candy charts their decline.

Candy becomes a prostitute, the narrator becomes a scam artist, and smack becomes the total and only focus of their lives. But this is not just another junkie novel: Davies is a very fine writer and Candy is confronting, painful, sexy, tender and at times darkly hilarious. A remarkable novel. More books by this author. Literary fiction. Back to top.Only now, it was a threesome. But she wanted a taste.

Heady, heroin-hazed days, the world open and inviting. After Anna. Kevin Grandfield.

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