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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The Moment was lost in the blaze of power which engulfed the intoxicated Greeks. In all his works, he repeats the same anti-bourgeoisie refrain: Sometimes, when he talked this way, he gave me the impression of being marousso enormous tortoise which had slipped out of its shell, a creature which was spending itself in a desperate struggle to get back into the shell which it had outgrown. Views Read Edit View history. Everything is fair game; the seeming digressions frequent and fabulous.

What he sought and found on the Greek Isles could never be possible anywhere else Hte 19, Pamela Rogers rated it it was amazing.

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I know I’ve been despoiling myself in back alley bookstores, in ports, jonesing for the cheapest thrill to be sold in English, but this book just vaulted into the pantheon of one maeoussi the greatest books I’ve ever read. We use cookies to give marooussi the best possible experience. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident. To sit near an electric light was torture. After all, what good does it really do anyone to be dejected, or even to closely follow world events that you yourself, inside the whale as we all are, as even Orwell admitsare powerless oc prevent?


It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. Part lengthy diatribe against modern civilization, part On the Road in Greece.

Nick, but he’s already read it. We don’t need the truth as it is dished up to us in the daily papers. People only go on strike for better working marouwsi, better wages, better opportunities to become something other than they are. To be silent the whole day long, see no newspaper, hear no radio, listen to 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.

Too bad he never marouss Homer. All well and good- still nothing terribly suspicious. Nor could my Ph. Greece, as he mentions only once, was under a military dictatorship at this time. This is his tale of a Christmas dinner in Athens: I don’t like jails, churches, fortresses, palaces, libraries, museums, nor public statues to the dead.

He wrote back to tell me that it almost sounded like this book. View all 9 comments. But anyway, the first part of this book is great. Here, in “The Colossus of Maroussi,” he uses the American state as a kind of false backdrop for his discoveries in Greece. I really wish this book could transport me wholesale beyond Thessaloniki and into Crete, where I’ve never been.


I determined to carry the book with me always, so that no matter what happened, I could one day read the first half again and again? I was like Robinson Crusoe on the island of Tobago. The Melancholy of Resistance Laszlo Krasznahorkai. And for many of the same reasons I do.

I always think that i will like travel books when i return from traveling, but that has never been the case, especially when they are written by self centered wankers like Henry Miller. His chapter about this island is one of the most beautiful passages I have ever read, and I have quoted it, as a travel director, to thousands of American alumni.

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Through the thick pores of the earth the dreams of men long dead still bubbled and burst, their diaphanous filament carried skyward by flocks of startled birds. Books by Henry Miller. I only everyone could aproach travel this way!!!! He says quite late that Greek history is mostly meaningless. And colosss little later: At its core lies Miller’s spiritual transformation through welcomed encounters with warm-hearted, generous, high-spirited Greeks, particularly the “colossus” Katsimbalis.

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