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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (2 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840245859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840245851
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 898,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Miller perfectly captures the splendour and magic of Greece ... His... narrative is peppered with... portraits of poets and artists."
-- Publishing News, March 2007

"another neglected gem - Miller's exploration of Greece... gets a welcome dusting down and reissue... Takes me back" -- Publishing News, March 2007

'This foray into travel writing is a corking account of simmering tension before the outbreak of World War Two.' -- St Christophers website, March 2008

'To read this book is to be reminded of the joy of travel... [Miller] infuses every description with passion.'
-- Sydney Morning Herald, November 22, 2008

In The Colossus of Maroussi Henry Miller, visits Greece and writes
one of the best travel books about the country.
-- Suite 101 website, July 2007

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'This foray into travel writing is a corking account of simmering tension before the outbreak of World War Two.'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zippo on 12 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is on the surface a travel book about Greece, written in 1942. Miller tours Greece, alone and with friends. But it is the inner journey that matters most (still, one could not have done one without the other). If, normally, Miller's energy (pretty much unparalleled by any writer in the 20th century) is aggressive or angry, here he is happy, and the book just shines. I always get in a better mood, even just by reading a few pages (I've read the book some 7 times). I cannot recommend this book more - actually, this is THE book, of all I've read, I would most recommend to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Jun. 2004
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This is a beautiful book, and I envy anyone who is about to read it for the first time. It is about Henry Miller's trip to Greece on the very verge of the Second World War, and what he found there in the simplicity, humanity and vitality of its people and the stunning, primitive beauty of Greece itself. Miller paints in words, with a full palette and bold brush, in his sensuous and powerfully evocative prose. He tells of the ancient places with a hallucinatory immediacy and intensity. It is above all a book about a personal experience, as vivid as the visions of childhood. Not a sexy book, in the way Millers's book earlier books are, but it is sensuous and profoundly erotic as great art often is. And this is great art. Immensely moving, indeed unforgettable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mister Happy on 13 Aug. 2004
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Miller's Mediterranean journey is very different from his other work. It's an amazing travelogue which is sadly hard to find in bookshops. Buy it, but make sure you've got enough money left for a flight to Athens.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Oct. 1999
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A change of setting, pace and mood from Miller's notorious 'Tropics' novels. 'Maroussi' is again semi-autobiographical, culled from the author's rich perception of experience, but more studied, thoughtful and spiritual in its content. This time we find Miller in Greece, discovering a world and a people that strike an almost religious chord with him as he steeps himself in the spiritual myths and history of the Ancient Greeks. First-time Miller readers looking for sex had better read the 'Tropics' or his other books instead - this is Miller grown older, grown wiser and sharing with us his world. It is not quite the exciting ride of said 'Tropics' (which you should read first) but it does have the usual offbeat Miller humour and observations, as well as an array of unforgettable characters typical of his work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marios Guevara on 5 July 2006
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This is Henry Miller at his finest. Although he is one of my alltime favourites, in this book he surpasses himself. The ironic cynisism that he uses along with his stupendous prose is immaculate. The fact that he (an American) rejects in all forms the USA because of his superior perception and intellect, seems in the eyes of the Greeks (of the time) horrifying. The book describes an era which although only 50-60 years ago, today seems like centuries in the past. Greece was underdeveloped at best and devastatingly poor. The average Greek dreamt (like all Europeans back then) to go to AMERICA in order to strike it rich. Miller dissolved that myth so he seemed like an alien at the time. He is an anarchist with irony as his weapon. A contemporary Socrates. Great BOOK!!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 1998
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Henry Miller takes us to quite an unusual experience and perception of Greece with the power of his words in this comparatively unknown book. This is no trivial travelogue, but it was a great pleasure to delve into his experience as if it was his reader's own!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Lundberg on 23 April 2007
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I've read Miller's book countless times and always feel I'm traveling in Greece again. His writing and characters are larger than life (particularly Katsimbalis, the "Colossus" referenced in the title). The only book by Miller that I've really enjoyed, his passion for the subject makes up for any shortfalls. This is fine travel writing: personal philosophy, politics, and crystal clear word pictures of a unique land and people, delivered with respect and affection. Henry Miller's tribute to Greece - a vivid snapshot of a timeless culture!
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