The Colossus of Maroussi 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 literature It has preceded the footsteps of prominent trav

  • Title: The Colossus of Maroussi
  • Author: Henry Miller Ian MacNiven Will Self
  • ISBN: 9780811219150
  • Page: 487
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  • 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 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 wLike the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller s The Colossus of Maroussi stands 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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    1. Henry Miller Ian MacNiven Will Self

      Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif Miller s first two works, Tropic of Cancer Paris, 1934 and Tropic of Capricorn Paris, 1939 , were denied publication in the U.S until the early 1960s because of alleged obscenity The Colossus of Maroussi 1941 , a travel book of modern Greece, is considered by some critics his best work His other writings include the Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy Sexus 1949 , Plexus 1953 , and Nexus 1960 In 1976 Norman Mailer edited a selection of Miller s writings, Genius and Lust enpedia wiki Henry_Mi

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    1. It's the eve of World War II. Dark forces are gathering across Europe, about to tear the continent apart in an unprecedented act of barbarity. Henry Miller travels to Greece, ostensibly to visit a Greek writer but really to reacquaint himself with the humanistic spirit he sees flowing from there--a life-affirming spirit that's the opposite of the impending death everywhere else. Part travelogue, part diatribe, this is a book that's not going to be for everyone. I can certainly understand why som [...]


    2. This beautiful and nearly flawless travel memoir is marred by this unfortunate sentence on page 121: "On the way to the library, I made kaka in my pants." Wha? Here's this fabulous surreal narrative about Greece, and suddenly the narrator doesn't just shit himself, he "makes kaka?" Skip page 121.


    3. When he was not tackling sex and philosophy, Henry Miller traveled. The Colossus of Maroussi is a book of those later times, when he, an "American Savage", entered the world of peace, beauty, and most of all, simplicity he was longing for while living in America. Nothing could prepare him for what he encountered in Greece, neither the streets of New York, nor the streets of Paris - as both paled in comparison. Although enamored with France, Miller's passion for Europe goes way farther in this bo [...]


    4. Some critics call "The Colossus of Maroussi"--Henry Miller`s account of his trip to Greece on the eve of World War II--the greatest travel book ever. 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. 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.The Canadian c [...]


    5. Henry Miller's reputation as a writer needs little verification from the likes of me. Nevertheless, it is a pleasure to be able to confirm the abilities of a truly great author. This example of his work is in some ways a peculiar one since it was written during a turning point in modern history, namely the Second World War, and was inevitably a turning point in Miller's own life as well.Henry Miller has not always had kind things to say about his native U. S. A. Here, in "The Colossus of Marouss [...]


    6. On the Road in Greece. Okay, that’s probably an exaggeration, but the sentiment is, I think, accurate. As does Kerouac in On the Road, Miller displays the same quickening to judgment, the same contempt for the bourgeois, the same obsession for the real. Greece to him is real. Unfortunately, the Greece that he sees is anything but. Miller falls in love with a vision of Greece that is as much made of present Greek poverty and past Greek myth. Part lengthy diatribe against modern civilization, pa [...]


    7. e last parts of the mosaic:"We say erroneously that the Greeks humanized the gods. It is just the contrary. The gods humanized the Greeks. There was a Moment when it seemed as if the real significance of life had been grasped, a breathless Moment when the destiny of the whole human race was in jeopardy. The Moment was lost in the blaze of power which engulfed the intoxicated Greeks. They made mythology of a reality which was too great for their human comprehension. We Forget, in our enchantment [...]


    8. 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.


    9. Miller bu anlatısına 'en iyi metnim' demiş yaşayıp da yazdıkları kuşkusuz doğruluyor bu söylemi, yerinde olup Katsimbalis'in gerçekle kurmacayı harmanladığı hikâyelerini, Seferis'in caz plaklarını dinlemeyi Durrell'la adaların ücra köşelerine yolculuk etmeyi çok isterdim."Bütün insanlığa barış ve daha dolu bir hayat dilerim."(s. 210)


    10. Книгата – напоително откровение; божествена (дано никога досега да не съм използвала тази дума).Писателят – омайник.Хенри Милър – идеалист, проповядващ против идеалите.50 звезди!Изкуших се да копирам наготово на английски от интернет, вместо да преписвам до безкрайност от [...]


    11. This was the worst book I have read in months. Incoherent, the style disgusting, raving endlessly about everything and nothing at all. I had to skip pages all the time, there is no other way to read this book. I have heard he was quite a helpless writer and a pornographer, but I could not guess how really bad he actually is: he is unreadable.As for Katsimbalis and his friends (the 30s generation) you won't be able to learn a lot about them from this book - it simply does not deliver the goods. V [...]



    12. Miller finally departs from his shock-therapy style of incorporating the obscene in order to leap from the earth, but in no way does this diminish his poise, as he frolicks for a year in Greece with Lawrence Durrell. This work is as fanciful and full of poppycock as any other great piece by the man whose work I love so dearly I had some of it tatooed on my belly but here the often under-praised sooth-sayer concerns himself essentially with human happiness and the folly of self-imposed suffering [...]


    13. I found much of this book unreadable. Occasional luminous passages and insights nestle between large swathes of nonsense in which Miller abuses the language. Self-centred, self-indulgent ramblings of a privileged white guy abroad. Gross.


    14. Greece has been sneaking up on me lately. First, it was just reading about the debt crisis in the paper and discussing it with my father, whose take is that ‘the Greeks have gotten lazy.’ Then I agreed to read Herodotus’s The Histories with my buddy Kareem. All well and good- still nothing terribly suspicious. But then I started to read Henry Miller’s account of traveling throughout Greece in 1939, while sitting in a diner near my house. As I read, I heard one of the owners of the diner, [...]


    15. يصف هذا الكتاب رحلة هنري ميللر في اليونان، واليونان بلد مُلهم لكبار الكتاب عبر التاريخ، لكن لا يكتفي ميللر بوصف اليونان ، بل يتحدث -كالعادة - عن كل شيء عندما تقرأ لهنري ميللر لاتعرف من أين يبدأ ولا أين ينتهي، لأنه دائماً يحاول أن يؤكد قوله:(أفضل القصص التي سمعتها هي بلا نهاية، [...]


    16. I'm so disappointed. What a hunk of junk. I don't know what this book is supposed to be, but a travel book, it is not. This is more like some self-centered, old-fashioned guy's philosophical blathering about a trip to Greece he took ages ago -- except it's not even interesting, nor is it funny, and it doesn't make a lick of sense. He goes on and on for paragraphs and paragraphs with no seeming point, and doesn't have anything interesting to say. The best thing I can say about this book is that t [...]


    17. Wonderful. I'd say a masterpiece. If I ever do go to Greece, I will have this book as my travel companion. Henry Miller gave himself completely over in this homage to Greece. His love for mankind is in every line. Some times it's a tough loveThe book closes with the dark ominous threat of WWII coinciding with Miller's return to New York. The timing of the trip really adds to the experience because Miller writes it like it is an urgent testimony to our world before it blows.I urge anyone who need [...]


    18. Embora não me sinta muito atraída pelas edições mainstream da obra de Henry Miller publicadas em Portugal (nunca me seduziu a leitura do Trópico de Câncer ou do Trópico de Capricórnio, assim como a trilogia Sexus, Plexus e Nexus, títulos de referência deste autor americano), foi através dos trabalhos, digamos, secundários, que optei por iniciar a abordagem à sua obra. “Big Sur e as Laranjas de Hieronymus Bosch” transportou-me para a génese da Beat Generation donde viriam a desp [...]


    19. După o lungă perioadă petrecută la Paris, Miller, simțind amenințarea războiului și sătul de capitala Franței ajunsă acum ca o Sodoma, dă curs invitației bunului său prieten și poet Lawrence Durrell și merge în Grecia. Acum, se spune despre cartea aceasta că ar fi un jurnal de călătorie, iar la bază chiar asta este, numai că vizitele lui Miller la Eleusis, Epidaur, Micene, Argos și așa mai departe sunt o călătorie interioară foarte puternică. Cu o sinceritate debordan [...]


    20. Driving through Big Sur from San Francisco to LA, I stopped by the Henry Miller Memorial Library and bought The Colossus of Maroussi; it was recommended by the shop-keep as "Miller's favorite work written by himself." Tropic of Cancer was already in my pile of to-read, road-trip-reading material after recommendations for its "dense, sexual force." So I figured: Why not a phase? I need to know more about Miller, and the subversive style which has made him a legend. Colussus of Maroussi had me run [...]


    21. The colossus of maroussi, Henry Millerعنوان: پیکره ماروسی؛ نوشته: هنری میلر؛ مترجم: مهبد ایرانی طلب؛ مشخصات نشر: آبادان، پرسش، 1384، در 225 ص، شابک: 9646629881؛ رمانی در سه بخش و یک پیوست، «اگر به خاطر دختری به نام بتی رایان نبود که در پاریس با من در یک خانه زندگی میکرد، هرگز به یونان نمیرفتم.» شروع رمان [...]


    22. Miller's praise for the Land of Greece, her light and her people is genuinely touching. It makes one want to experience the greatness of the place, to be reborn like him. You also get to know more about him in this book. He's a madman and very opinionated but he's also an endearing romantic. His prose is straightforward and beautiful. His accounts were interesting, some really funny. For people who stereotyped him as misogynistic and egoistic, you know nothing about him.



    23. Here's the story. After spending months in Thessaloniki, Greece, a city which Miller understandably calls boring, I sent an email to my crazy university friend who was then finishing his Ph.D in history. I tried to describe how entertaining it was to see and hear fantastic rhetorical backflips from the simplest clerks in Greece. He wrote back to tell me that it almost sounded like this book.Here's the thing. As I started reading it, in or not far removed from Greece, I was utterly astonished at [...]


    24. On the recommendation of his friend and fellow author Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller set out for Greece in 1939. After a decade of frenzied writing in which both “Tropic of Cancer “and “Tropic of Capricorn” were composed, Miller’s intention was really nothing more than to relax in preparation for a journey to Tibet in which he planned to, in a popular phrase Miller himself would have despised, “find himself.” “Colossus of Maroussi” is pure prosopography, which isn’t of course [...]


    25. "Fu un viaggio nella luce. La terra era illuminata dalla propria luce interna. A Micene ho camminato sui morti incandescenti; a Epidauro ho sentito un silenzio così intenso che per una frazione di secondo ho udito battere il grande cuore del mondo e ho compreso il significato del dolore e della sofferenza; a Tirinto sono rimasto nell'ombra dell'uomo ciclopico e ho sentito la vampa dell'occhio interiore che ora è diventato una ghiandola malaticcia; ad Argo tutta la pianura era una nebbia infuoc [...]


    26. the greatest travel book ever written?? O.K, Invisible Cites is probably number one. But this is a close second. I know many people are not really into miller. He can get kind of tiring if read one after the other. But even if you dont care for Miller; you really should try this one. Those over-the-top rants he always has in his books are truely inspiring when applied to traveling. To see someone so in love with the spirit of a place is such a wonderful thing. But this is not one of those Miller [...]


    27. Miller's journey to Greece before the outbreak of the Second World War is a rough, poetic, cultural, philosophic hommage to Greece. It took me quite some time to grasp and comprehend what Miller wanted to say. His descriptions of Greece, of its people, of its art and of its past really compell the individual to ask himself/herself some important questions, like who we are, where are we going, what is our purpose in life. I have never experienced that in such a strong way like in Miller's Colossu [...]


    28. Promised myself to try to get to 1/3 but quit at 1/4 after discovering one could skip 6 pages, not notice and that it made no difference. No plot, no characters, just incoherent babble.Henry Miller was one of the names of literary giants to which I was introduced in the biography of George Orwell. Miller is best known for his novels "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn". This book was recommended by a friend who is still a friend as he has recommended other books which I have thoroughly e [...]


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