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The Colossus of Maroussi

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ISBN13: 9780811201094
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"The Colossus of Maroussi is enchanting — and so, by extension, is Henry Miller, as the book's exuberant, irrepressible protagonist. The book is a love letter to Greece, both a travelogue and a character study....[I]f you're at all interested in Greece, in language, or in an intelligently rendered ecstatic experience, you should certainly not, as I almost did, let The Colossus of Maroussi slip under your radar." Jill Owens, Powells.com (click here to read the entire Powells.com review)

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Publisher Comments:

This book about Greece, by the author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn is incandescent with his feeling for a great people and their past.

Review:

"It doesn't seem far from a miracle to me, the emergence of as friendly and joyful a book." Paul Rosenfeld

Review:

"The Colossus of Maroussi is probably unlike anything else ever written about Greece before....[Miller] is a natural born writer, and he sees things as nobody else sees them." Edmund Wilson

Synopsis:

'Henry Miller\"s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond\"s backpack.\n

'

Synopsis:

It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman’s seductive description of Greece.

Synopsis:

This book about Greece, by the author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn is incandescent with his feeling for a great people and their past.

Synopsis:

'Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller\"s The Colossus of Maroussistands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman\"s seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: a flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach; the Greek poet Katsmbalis, the \'colossus\' of Miller\"s book, stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis with his own loud crowing; cold hard-boiled eggs are warmed in a village\"s single stove, and they stay in hotels that \'have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past.\''

About the Author

Henry Miller (1891-1980) was an American writer and painter infamous for breaking with existing literary forms and developing a new sort of "novel" that is a mixture of novel, autobiography, social criticism, philosophical reflection, surrealist free association, and mysticism, one that is distinctly always about and expressive of the real-life Henry Miller and yet is also fictional. His most characteristic works of this kind are Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, and Black Spring. His books were banned in the United States for their lewd content until 1964 when a court ruling overturned this order, acknowledging Miller's work as literature in what became one of the most celebrated victories of the sexual revolution.

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Brandon C Ure, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by Brandon C Ure)
No one has experienced Greece the way Henry Miller experienced it. But if you've read The Colossus of Maroussi you've begun the process of experiencing the place the way he did. Don't be confused though, this is not a travel book. You'll want to visit the places he visited, but you likely won't see what he saw, unless you're spiritually prepared to experience with your soul. He's not just seeing sights; he's living with the people. Merging with their souls. Communing with the eternal Greek spirit. It took me three months to read this book. Not because it's a particularly difficult read. But because I relished every word like it was coming straight from the lips of Zeus.
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JCZ, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by JCZ)
What is it that man--each man, each woman, every man, every woman--desires? "To desire is to become that which one essentially is," intones Mr. Miller. This one line summarizes his book, as well as humanity.

To expound upon Miller's central notion, in poetry (of which method the author himself might have approved, whilst finding much to scoff at within and between actual lines):

the seething, trembling, raging, weeping, sparring, loving, despairing, every-ing masses

of scramblers, divers, climbers, leapers, supplicants

they are the bituminous stuff that may

possibly, perhaps, probably not

compress, succumb, relent, accept

and become gems.

A hundred thousand million billion hot-white, blinding diamonds;

worthless because of their numbers, overflowing the cartels of family, company, society, state;

spilling into a marketless world;

precious not because they are precious

but because they are as they are.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811201094
Author:
Miller, Henry
Publisher:
New Directions
Author:
MacNiven, Ian S.
Author:
Self, Will
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Europe - Greece
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Journeys
Subject:
Greece Description and travel.
Subject:
Miller, Henry - Journeys - Greece
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19750117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.6 lb

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Product details 244 pages New Directions Publishing Corporation - English 9780811201094 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Colossus of Maroussi is enchanting — and so, by extension, is Henry Miller, as the book's exuberant, irrepressible protagonist. The book is a love letter to Greece, both a travelogue and a character study....[I]f you're at all interested in Greece, in language, or in an intelligently rendered ecstatic experience, you should certainly not, as I almost did, let The Colossus of Maroussi slip under your radar." (click here to read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "It doesn't seem far from a miracle to me, the emergence of as friendly and joyful a book."
"Review" by , "The Colossus of Maroussi is probably unlike anything else ever written about Greece before....[Miller] is a natural born writer, and he sees things as nobody else sees them."
"Synopsis" by , 'Henry Miller\"s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond\"s backpack.\n

'

"Synopsis" by , It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman’s seductive description of Greece.
"Synopsis" by , This book about Greece, by the author of Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn is incandescent with his feeling for a great people and their past.
"Synopsis" by , 'Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller\"s The Colossus of Maroussistands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman\"s seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: a flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach; the Greek poet Katsmbalis, the \'colossus\' of Miller\"s book, stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis with his own loud crowing; cold hard-boiled eggs are warmed in a village\"s single stove, and they stay in hotels that \'have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past.\''
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