Henry Miller In The Colossus of Maroussi he describes drinking from sacred springs, nearly being trampled to death by sheep and. Book Source: Digital Library of India Item : Henry : ioned. Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel.

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Published January 17th by New Directions first published Newspapers engender lies, hatred, greed, envy, suspicion, fear, malice. Although the islands and sites he visited have changed through the years, like people, they still have the same personalities. As such, it is very complex writing which occasionally seems to be almost self-serving, as if the author was writing for no one but himself.

This is his tale of a Christmas dinner in Athens: He wrote back to tell me that it almost sounded like this book. They come to you brimming over and they fill you to overflowing. I’d say a masterpiece. Mar 02, Whitaker rated it it was ok Shelves: It thee somehow the light in Athens, the skies you could swim in, the plains in Sparta or that one Greek friend, and then the slant of a hike to sacred places or a bus ride, and then he or a Greek man he’s just met are suddenly crying.

So what does he like?

If we could just eliminate newspapers a great advance would be made, I am sure of it. Our civilization was destined to be swept away and replaced by something so different that we should scarcely regard it as human—a prospect that did not bother him, he said.

It reminds me of a quality a friend of mine has, who also happens to be the only person I know my age who likes, or at least liked, Henry Miller.


The Colossus of Maroussi

But the lights were splendiferous! It’s an attempt to imagine a different, better world, and I was sympathetic to it, just as I was sympathetic to Miller’s imagining of the Greek spirit he wanted to capture, a spirit that was as much a creature of his own mind as anything else. It makes me want to be a little more alive, physical, awake, grateful, hungry, honest, giving, contemplative and bold. But this is not one of those Miller books that just goes over the deep end and keeps free-falling.

I found much of this book unreadable. Aug 27, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: I always get them at the end of a real good read.

But, like all great travel books, it’s much more than mere depiction of beautiful landscapes, missed connections, bad weather, and surly waiters–though Miller recounts those as well. He was always that way, even on bad days when he complained of headache or dizziness or any of the hundred and one ailments which pestered him…Things which happened only yesterday fell into this same nostalgic done-for past. The Colossus of Maroussi First edition.

Nov 19, Pamela Rogers rated it it was amazing. He captures it all as it arrests him. Pages to import colosssus to Wikidata. Paperbackpages.

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His love for mankind is in every line. Lawrence and Ernest Hemingway as expressed in this book. The Colossus of Maroussi Henry Miller. When you’re right with yourself te doesn’t matter what flag is flying over your head or who owns what or whether you speak English or Monongahela. Ghe is at the core of all of Miller’s major works.

Occasional luminous passages and insights nestle between large swathes of nonsense in which Miller abuses the language. Miller had already published what are considered some of his best-known works, including Tropic of CancerBlack Springand Tropic of Capricorn. This is a pipe dream, I know. Part lengthy diatribe against modern civilization, part poetic paean of the Greek landscape, The Colossus of Maroussi is more a voyage into Miller than it is into Greece.


They were so deliriously inflamed with indelicate passages that they were banned in America and England for over thirty years, appearing only in France through the “Traveller’s Companion” series out of Paris, sold under-the-counter and to me just before I came back to America, where my malfeasance was discovered by a vigilant customs agent, who roundly scolded me for my “taste in literature. It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts.

Refresh and try again. Again, I think his descriptions of people and places and encounters, his thoughts on Greeks, Americans, the British, are great.

The Colossus Of Maroussi

The best thing I can say about this book is that the cover is pretty. He likes no, he loves Greece, and its people, its poets, its con-men, its peasant women, its islands and its sky D friend, it seems, who thrives on raw emotion, but never took that cheap trip to Greece I’d suggested, just to finally write that thesis he’d been putting off for years.

Part travelogue, part diatribe, this is a book that’s not going to be for everyone. Retrieved 31 May What most intrigued me about him was to find that he felt no interest in the Spanish war whatever.

When he was not tackling sex and philosophy, Henry Miller traveled. He’s a madman and very opinionated but he’s also an endearing romantic.

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