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The Colossus of Maroussi (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – May 18, 2010
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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 is the acclaimed author of several novels, short story collections, and novellas. His books include Umbrella, Great Apes, and Phone.
Ian S. MacNiven (b. 1938) edited The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935-1980.
- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0811218573
- Product dimensions : 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Publisher : New Directions; Second edition (May 18, 2010)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0811218570
- Best Sellers Rank: #374,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The revolutionary quality of ancient Minoan and Hellas culture, still reflected in Greece of today, is the harmony between body and soul, nature and man, gods and humans, material things and human beings. It is the living harmony that permeates Greek culture which gives the beautiful, serene, divine dimension to life. Of this Miller gives an abundance of examples and along the way ceaselessly contrasts them to modern western civilization, which he very colourfully and ardently despises as nothing but an air-conditioned nightmare, where the secret of how to live life has been lost in an insane worshipping of materialism. Whereas Greece is a realm of mind and the five senses.
Miller expresses a load of scornful criticism upon his countrymen, but he has one quality that is perhaps in some aspects associated with Americans, namely, his outlook on life and people and monuments is big- and wide-eyed. He presents rapturous reflections on all kinds of precious matters: the velvet sky of the night, the profundity of the sea, the thundering silence, ”a field so fieldishly green”, the archetypal shepherd – and the solemn smile of a young girl.
The book evokes vividly your personal memories from Greece: the divine harmony; the embrace of the balmy air that welcomes you going ashore from the boat at Hydra; the pristine, rural silence of Symi.
Miller's language is mind-blowing, innovative, vigorous, sensitive but with muscular force. The language of ”The Colossus of Maroussi” is shining from starlight, but the impressionistic, spontaneous, impulsive philosophizing of the book does not always reach that outermost star.
The great benefit of this book is how it throws light on the bleak fact that Eros is homeless in modern civilization.