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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It’s not only Miller’s misanthropic picture of Christmas that does it, it’s the lavish piling on of adjectives that gives such a fine twist to his style.

That the Greeks made men gods and not disembodied souls. It makes me want henrg be a little more alive, physical, awake, grateful, hungry, honest, giving, contemplative and bold.

Saturn is as eternal as fear and irresolution, growing more milky, more cloudy, with each compromise, each capitulation. What a hunk of junk.

Open Preview See mkller Problem? That’s the essence Miller strives to show: He was in the American tradition of towering and unsightly tall-tales, exaggerated figures thrown about to make a point.

The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller

For he jammed all his raucous lust in those earlier books because he jammed in everything else as well Too bad he never read Homer. Critics consider this to be Miller’s best, a view which the author also held. Glass, Irony and God Anne Carson.

I don’t know what this book is supposed to be, but a travel book, it is not. 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 Frenchman puts walls about his talk…The Greek, on the other hand, is an adventurer: It was 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.


University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers. 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. 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.

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But this is a close second. Miller drew his Colossus from events that occurred and landscapes he encountered while living for nine months in Greece. Aug 27, Mel Bossa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Want to Read saving…. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: For people who stereotyped him as misogynistic and egoistic, you know nothing about him.

New Seeds of Contemplation Thomas Merton. The earth became more intimate, more alive, more marpussi. Rather, the book stands as a compelling paean to the Greek spirit, to liberty, and to life–as well as a barbaric yawp prefiguring the coming cataclysm.

Certainly in those endless and seemingly fabulous stories which Katsimbalis was in the habit of recounting there must have been a good element of fancy and distortion, yet even if truth was occasionally sacrificed to reality the man behind the story only succeeded thereby in revealing more faithfully and thoroughly his human image. I see now that the craze I picked up for reading Greek histories after Thessaloniki was a pf move backwards somehow.

We are determined to conquer and conquer we shall, but the conquest is death. Jul 14, Owen rated it really liked it Shelves: His prose is straightforward and beautiful. Besides being the work of a truly formidable writer, it will take you to places you probably never dreamed existed. He tells us his dreams and daydreams and what he wished he would have said. It might have helped. These tend to make the reader happy as well; it certainly makes us wish we were there with him. At one point, while Durrell and Miller are staring up into space, Durrell calls him a Rosicrucian.


What more can be said? There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I am poor as a tramp, I have no possessions, no responsibilities, no job, no assurance of anything, and because of that I am the happiest man alive.

Will I remember most of it? In the main, it is a very accessible book that tries marousis reach out in pure, non-political terms to touch the essential core of what is man. Recommended to Mike by: Although the islands and sites he visited have changed through the years, like people, they still have the same personalities.

Views Read Edit View history. Miller talks about this too, about the emotional suicides in Paris and elsewhere, who would never come, even if he invited them.

Why not a phase? Set in pre-war Greece ofit is ostensibly an exploration of the “Colossus” of the title, George Katsimbalisa poet and raconteur. Pages to import images to Wikidata. To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen mraoussi no gossip, be thoroughly and completely lazy, thoroughly and completely indifferent to the fate of the world is the finest medicine a man can give himself.

We don’t need the truth as it is dished up to us in the daily papers. Miller falls in love with a vision of Greece that is as much made of present Greek poverty and past Greek myth.

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