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Quiet Days in Clichy (Oneworld Classics) (Oneworld Classics) (Oneworld Classics) Paperback – 31 Aug 2007

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd; 1st Thus edition (31 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847490360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847490360
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of Miller's more risqué (and at one time, banned) works. Thoroughly edited and extensively annotated. Includes a section of photographs related to Henry Miller and his work. Lavishly produced on natural, high-quality paper, and affordably priced.

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Written in 1940 but banned from publication until 1967, 'Quiet Days in Clichy' is Miller’s classic fictional account of his early life in Paris in the 1920s, an extravagant record of the time which inspired his great ‘Tropic’ novels. A Rabelaisian chronicle of his frantic pursuit of sex, freedom, money and food in the bars and cafes of Clinchy and Montmartre, where ‘the whores fluttered about in the dim light like perfumed fireflies’, 'Quiet Days in Clichy’' is vintage Miller – reckless, sprawling, disarmingly honest and marvellously exuberant.

“Full of zest and extravagance”
THE TIMES

“Henry Miller pressed all America’s buttons: open sexuality, the failure to believe in Progress, the courage to explode all things and let his own courageous vision thrust through.”
TIME OUT

“In rejecting conversation, a safe livelihood, the prison bars of dailiness, Miller has broken through to an exuberant joy.”
OBSERVER

Many of Henry Miller’s words are available in Flamingo, including 'Tropic of Cancer' and 'Tropic of Capricorn.'

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Strange on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
This long short story I read in Paris when I was travelling and I must say that this book had me magnetized to each word; it was absolutely hillarious and exciting at the same time. It's probably the most even and well paced story Henry had ever written and was written whilst he was in the middle of writing Tropic of Cancer and Black Spring. I was really entertained all the way through enjoying it just as much and sometimes even more so than his other writing. This is definately worth getting if you are into reading Miller or are just looking to be entertained for a while. I believe this story was also made into a film in which I haven't yet watched, but you'll see why they made it into a film when you read this masterpiece - it will have you thirsting to catch every word! No joke!
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By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2011
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Much has been written about the interwar period in Paris, particularly by expats, who, of course, did not realize it would be a period between two world wars when they wrote. There was Hemingway's book, referenced in the subject title, George Orwell, Gertrude Stein and many others, including Henry Miller. The `20's were a more optimistic time, the `30's far less so, due to the Depression, and the "gathering storm" of another war. Though he does not state it directly, by referencing the Spanish Civil War, this book is set in the late `30's. Miller fled Paris when the war commenced, so this is a "swan song" for that era. The backdrop is the bohemian setting of Montmartre, and the bars around the Place de Clichy. Miller and his companion apparently lived in the small village of Clichy, just outside the old walls of Paris.

This is my first reading of this book; but I first read Miller for the titillation value, shortly after his better known Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Tropic of Cancer was no longer formally banned in the United States, in the early `60's. I was quite young at the time when I placed the book on the cashier's counter. I felt she had given me a knowing look; guiltily I hastily blurted out that it was "for a school assignment," to which she simply chuckled. For me, having grown up in a conservative suburban milieu, "Tropic" was a stunning view of another world, and at the time I wondered how much was sheer fantasy, or did real people actually live this way? With the perspective of life experience, post-suburb, I realize that people very much do live this way, even the women. And they are probably the poorer for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Chalk on 25 Aug. 2010
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While Quiet Days of Clichy may be of interest to fans of Miller's other works there is nothing in in that will convince non-believers of his talent.
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The archetypal spoiled 20th century American male in Paris,
it's amazing how Miller manages to make such a sympathetic
impression on the (even me, a female) reader in spite of his
clearly rapacious libido. An atmospheric book, it won me over
despite the sexist attitude, clearly of its time. I would have liked
to know more about the characters that appear in these pages.
Did he ever bother to get to know them properly, I wonder. -
or are his conquests just fantasies?
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Not one of his great works but a good read all the same. Filled with evocative prose it provides an interesting view of the time, place and lifestyle.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ines Dias on 29 Sept. 2007
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Written in the 1940's, but only published in 1956, with photograph's from Brassaï, his hungarian fellow on whom the character of the photographer from Tropic of Cancer was based on, is an account of Miller's Paris years in the 30's (and not in the 20's!), when, tired of living in hotels, he moves to Clichy with his friend Alfred Perles. Looking for a home, as Brassaï described in the first of his too biographies on Miller: Henry Miller, Grandeur Nature. Though not as elaborated as the Tropics, it is a very interesting novel on the relationship between the artist and Paris during the in-between wars period, where the city becomes an important character, mainly through his encounters with prostitutes and his flânerie in the city, contrasting with his life in New York, where commodification of the individual means total alienation of the subject in general, and of the artist in particular. Unfortunately, the most recent editions of the book do not include Brassaï's photographs, but their dialogue with the novel is very interesting and a new edition including them would be of high interest.
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The 'inside story' on Miller's early days in Clichy, when he began work on the various Tropics et al.
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