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A Devil in Paradise (New Directions Bibelot) Paperback – April 17, 1993

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A nightmarish houseguest provides the focus for one of Miller's signature autobiographical tales.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Directions Bibelot
  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions (April 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811212440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811212441
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Oz du Soleil on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
Very slim book. A quick read. In just a few pages Miller successfully presents the comprehensive problem of dealing with something that outsiders perceive as being so easy--just get rid of that guest of yours.
Well, Miller had made an obligation, and knew what it mean to be needy. So, how does one simply say, "GET OUT!"? But more exciting is Miller's ability to give a sober, fair representation of the rude guest. It would have been so easy & bratty to present the guy as thoroughly rotten; but Miller gains credibility as an artist by delineating the complexity of a condition.
So, I disagree with a previous reviewer who took this book as a rant. No, no. Miller makes a huge effort to be fair to his nemesis. Rants are one-sided and uninteresting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BLT on March 24, 1999
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I love this book! Miller is one of my favorite authors and this work stands out as a favorite. I recommend this book especially to people who have written off Miller as "smut" (or worse). He's a comic genius. And if you've ever had a houseguest from Hell -- this book will show you that you it wasn't *that* bad!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "timmyjones" on March 28, 2001
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This book, unlike Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" or "Tropic of Capricorn", follows a pretty standard form. By this i mean that unlike some of Miller's other work, there is a definite plot to this book; a definite beginning, middle and end. In addition, it lacks the surreal atmosphere of these other works. However, Miller makes up for for this with a superb demonstration of his story-telling abilities. Rather than writing fragmented adventures, Miller here writes a book that flows from beginning to end. In this way, he is able to chronical the relationship that he has with the novel's antagonist, as well as with his wife and daughter. Although the decriptions are not as elaborate as in some of Miller's other works, the imagery is still superior to most other writers. Overall, this is a more toned-down Miller than in his early years as a writer, but for it lacks in youthful lust, "A Devil in Paradise" makes up with crafty story-telling, crisp imagery, and a more focused energy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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Henry Miller is the writer who asks most clearly the question of relationship between art and real life. In his case, art and life are so strongly linked that it is impossible to distinguish one from the other. He is a kind of character quite impossible to ape : as he said in this book, he has made all the possible mistakes, what made him wiser and richer. His appetite for life makes him a pre-socratic writer : in this meaning he is as pure as a child, and as perverse as Sade, and all human contradictions are within him. In this boook he speaks about one of his incredibly funny, absurd parts of life. He was a man who didn't know shame, or ridiculous feelings; despite he has a strong critic spirit. What he said about astrology is very interesting : it shows that rationality is just one way, and maybe not each time the best, to understand human reality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paris1929 on September 8, 2001
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From page one of this book Henry Miller exacts his revenge on his unwelcome houseguest. This book is a superb rant, filled with some of Henry Miller's most brilliant and amusing caricatures. Henry Miller deftly swings between sweet admiration and praise for the object of his troubles, and outright disgust. Set in Big Sur, later in his life, it's a short, easy read, and doesn't contain the profanities that cause some people shy away from in Henry Miller's books. Highly Recommended for those who want to laugh out loud at Henry Miller's audacity and want to better understand HM's genius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Camilo Villanueva on January 16, 2001
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We get a glimpse into Henry's life along the California coast, with old friends, his relationship with his wife and daughter, and his neighbors. The imagery is unforgettable and seem more real than reality. His ability to detail relationships are superb. It's a fine book, but not as tumultuous in plot as his earlier ones.
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