The Colossus of Maroussi

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New Directions Publishing, May 18, 2010 - Fiction - 223 pages
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Henry Miller’s landmark travel book, now reissued in a new edition, is ready to be stuffed into any vagabond’s backpack.

Like the ancient colossus that stood over the harbor of Rhodes, Henry Miller’s The Colossus of Maroussi stands as a seminal classic in travel literature.  It has preceded the footsteps of prominent travel writers such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts. The book Miller would later cite as his favorite began with a young woman’s seductive description of Greece. Miller headed out with his friend Lawrence Durrell to explore the Grecian countryside: a flock of sheep nearly tramples the two as they lie naked on a beach; the Greek poet Katsmbalis, the “colossus” of Miller’s book, stirs every rooster within earshot of the Acropolis with his own loud crowing; cold hard-boiled eggs are warmed in a village’s single stove, and they stay in hotels that “have seen better days, but which have an aroma of the past.”
 

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User Review  - linda.lappin - LibraryThing

Unforgettable, raucous, dazzling,fun, at times zany, poignant, shot through with deep insights, as prescient as Cassandra in some moments. Miller underwent a revelatory experience in the tomb of ... Read full review

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User Review  - kant1066 - LibraryThing

On the recommendation of his friend and fellow author Lawrence Durrell, Henry Miller set out for Greece in 1939. After a decade of frenzied writing in which both “Tropic of Cancer “and “Tropic of ... Read full review

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Ian S. MacNiven (b. 1938) edited The Durrell-Miller Letters: 1935-1980.

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