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The Colossus of Maroussi (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – May 18, 2010
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“One of the five greatest travel books of all time. (Pico Iyer)
Miller captures the spirit and warmth of the resilient Greek people in his story of a wartime journey from Athens to Crete. (National Geographic)
Miller’s Colossus of Maroussi, a paean to Greece drawn out of a nine-month visit…is the gestation time for a human and, in Miller’s case, for the imaginative re-creation of a country, a culture and his own fierce energies. (Richard Eder, The New York Times)”
About the Author
Henry Miller (1891―1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.
Will Self (b. 1961) is an English novelist and journalist. His Independent column of offbeat walking tours, “Psychogeography,” has been collected into an eponymously titled book.
Ian S. MacNiven (b. 1938) edited The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935-1980.
Top Customer Reviews
Henry Miller has not always had kind things to say about his native U. S. A. Here, in "The Colossus of Maroussi," he uses the American state as a kind of false backdrop for his discoveries in Greece. For Greece is the central geographical landscape on which he builds. Far from being a travelogue, however, it is a story of that ancient land and some of its people; Miller uses the fabric of Greek life to weave a story of mankind.
His writing is distinctly dated today, but delightfully so. It is full of a poetic imagery that is almost entirely absent from the main stream of post-modern literature. As such, it is very complex writing which occasionally seems to be almost self-serving, as if the author was writing for no one but himself. In the main, it is a very accessible book that tries to reach out in pure, non-political terms to touch the essential core of what is man. At the present time, we could do well to review our own situation in life, and one way of doing so is by simply reviewing the literature on the subject. I recommend "The Colossus of Maroussi" as a place to start. Besides being the work of a truly formidable writer, it will take you to places you probably never dreamed existed.
I absolutely love Miller's, "Tropic of Cancer," and was expecting the same style for Maroussi. However, I was mistaken. Miller doesn't include any of his notorious womanizing stories here. Instead, Miller writes about finding peace in contemplating Greece, modern and ancient. Again, his written prose is like reading poetry. There are some passages from this book that I had to "cut out" and keep for inspiration.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Henry Miller or Greece. I must also recommend Edmund Keeley's, "Inventing Paradise," which is something of a companion to Maroussi. In it, Keeley discusses Miller's Greek journey, which he took along with George Seferis, Lawrence Durrell, and other 20th century Greek poets, writers, and painters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first saw mention of The Colossus of Maroussi in a New York Times Sunday travel piece on Crete. I had read Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer a number of years ago and enjoyed it,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Frank Whelan
Do not miss the opportunity to read this book if you are going to the Greek Islands. Its reputation as one of the great travel books of all time is well deserved. A delight.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
I finished this and booked a trip to Greece. Anything else you need to know?Published 5 months ago by David Edelberg
I love the way Miller writes. He is so colorful, that he makes every bit of his book interesting. He is not a historian or fanatic about Greece to begin with, unlike most travel... Read morePublished 9 months ago by kylie quebedeaux
Superb travel writing by one of the masters of English prose. Makes you want to drop everything and head to Greece!Published 12 months ago by benny profane