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Black Spring Paperback – February 11, 1994
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second in the Tropics trilogy, this is a collection of
short sketches (for lack of a better term) by a young Henry
Miller using the mature writer's voice that makes him such
a powerful speaker. With pieces like "The Angel is My
Watermark", a hilarious self-portrait of Miller in Paris
suffering an excess of artistic inspiration, to a tender
reminiscence of his father's New York tailor shop, this
book contains a side to Henry Miller rarely seen through
the publicity but known to his careful readers; a side
that is philosophical, spiritual, and funny. It remains
one of Miller's best and most enduring books.
....some vignettes here start out pretty innocent here but once Henry Miller gets a figurative and literal bug up his-- he waxes and waxes and waxes poetically (a lot of times in alliteration) about life, death and the cosmos. He and Bukowski are my favorite derelict writers, I feel I always get something from them although their story-telling is not always linear. And I love to read them both aloud. Why, when Henry really starts these tirades, sometimes its best to have an unabridged dictionary on hand. All the previous reviewers seem to like the recounting of Henry in the pissoire. My favorite piece is the hilarious and poignant "Jabberwhorl ("But it must be in the key of C") Crondstadt" who turns out to have a refugee sanctuary and who's own illness (abated by cognac and cayenne) exposes to Henry something about madness and art and creation. It simply must be read aloud for appreciation. Henry Miller is not evvybody's glass of absinthe, but for me, he is great...like he says, "What is not in the open street is false, that is derived, that is, literature" I have not been everywhere he has, but I have been where he has been a lot and most of his writings, even those which are way too funky to decipher are fun and enjoyable to read in my opinion. Most of his writing may be just too, too real for anyone who is not willing to take up the challenge...
Did you know that Orwell was a prolific book reviewer? Book reviews staved off starvation during the Depression for the struggling Orwell. Did you know that Orwell and Miller were friends? Maybe the apolitical Miller's friendship was a respite for the war weary Orwell after his near death experience in revolutionary Spain.
Orwell, always the pragmatist, questioned the "mickey mouse universe" found in the pages of Black Spring but admired the genius of Miller. Orwell,in his essay Benefit of Clergy, said the same of Dali's surrealism. Technically good but weird. Orwell oddly concluded that Dali was demented and Miller was a genius. Was Orwell biased towards writing over painting? Was Orwell biased against Dali's fascism?
Is Black Spring a written attempt to create a surrealist painting when surrealism was in vogue? A mickey mouse universe indeed yet one beautifully wrought. The images in this book are compelling...
I could see the decks being scrubbed down and the guns polished and the weight of those big sea monsters resting on the dirty glass lake of the basin was a luxurious weight on me. p7
Can't you feel the weight of the water and the ships? The racism in this book is rife..the n word, Asians described as having "glass craniums" and even a lurid description of a lynching in the mind of the detached narrator. Is it any wonder that the government tried to ban Miller's books under the Comstock Act?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have yet to read this one, but it is Miller so it should be great!Published 4 months ago by La-Shon Archibald
This in one of of those books which, in my opinion, was very significant historically, because no one (that I can think of) wrote like him at the time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeff Kelleher
I have an incredible urge to read Henry Miller aloud, which I do to my Blue Fronted Amazon parrot. He loves Henry Miller.Published 17 months ago by okieinga
Henry Miller's fave book
that he ever wrote;
he liked the way it flowed.
Sent me only ONE book out of the THREE I purchased! Was described to be 3 books in 1, which is now seperate! NO communication from seller! Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by ChiquitaSmash
The book was not in great shape; but, it arrived as promised and in the described shape. It was more than adequate for the class that I needed it for.Published on November 17, 2013 by James
Ever since moving to Brooklyn, I have been interested in reading up on the area. Not necessarily non-fiction or guides, but also literature that was written by authors from the... Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Sebastian