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Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch Paperback – January 17, 1957
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The book has no real plot; it?s just a rambling and random collection of philosophy, character studies, literary/artistic commentary, and journaling - all delivered with Miller's completely unique and quirky mind. I don't believe a more open-minded, curious, brilliant writer has ever lived, and for me, this is his best book, written perhaps during some of his best and most peaceful years of his long and joyful life. At its core, it's a recipe for Life.
"This is my answer!" states Miller in the book's opening pages, and in this regard Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch is his Walden. Because it was here, in the far West, far removed from hs native New York, that Miller found the only home he could abide by in America, a place where he fe! lt he could live peaceably as a creative artist apart from a way of life he saw as thin and meaningless and which he had long since turned his back on.
It was not easy living. The convict shack where Miller initially stayed, a thousand feet above the crashing waves, had neither electricity nor plumbing. There was also the intense isolation. At that time, Big Sur was strictly for the adventurous, a small colony of artists and individuals seeking to live and raise families freely, simply, and close to nature. Highway One had yet to bring the tourists.
But despite these difficulties, and probably because of them, Miller came to see Big Sur as the first real home he had ever known.Read more ›
I came across this title while searching online for info about Kerouac's novel 'Big Sur', and decided to indulge in this one as well. And a happy treat awaited me.
Having only recent begun to enjoy 'biography as fiction' works, it takes a rare author to put one at peace with their words, when they are simply a recounting of thier own life and adventures. Miller wrote 'Big Sur' not so much as a 'novel', since there is not a conventional thread to follow, other than the location and himself as protagonist, but more as a memoir of the 15 years spent in this California 'paradise' of artists, bohemians, and eclectic characters. Through describing his tranquil, ambling days spent walking back and forth with supplies from town, meeting the thrice-per-week mail delivery, or simply writing, the reader gets to experience the serenity that Miller enjoyed throughout most of his time there. Being a Virgo I look for structure, order, sense, etc., in most things, especially literature. Little of that is to be found here, really, but Miller's style is so captivating that you can't help but read on. His serenity at Big Sur easily becomes your own.
But be warned, that serenity is interrupted by the arrival of an oversees acquaintance, Conrad Moricand, who turns Miller's idyllic home upside down during his stay there.Read more ›
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If you love Big Sur, you will love this book. Beautifully written from the byegone days of when Big Sur was more of an artists' colony. Great read.Published 1 month ago by Diane
Absolutely wonderful memoir of Miller's days in Big Sur, California, way back when before it became a tourist stop on the map. Read morePublished 4 months ago by benny profane
Not really about Bosch but living at Big Sur on beautiful coast south of S.F. as a creative writer in the primitive days in 30s and 40s without electricity and basic comforts with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lewis Baker
My favorite Henry Miller book so far. Truly get to see Miller as a human both full of heroism and foibles. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Eric Lindroth
Henry Miller moved to Big Sur after WWII when it was relatively inaccessible and housed a bohemian colony of artists and writers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nemoman