A Devil in Paradise by Henry Miller PDF

By Henry Miller

ISBN-10: 0811224023

ISBN-13: 9780811224024

“A excellent expression of Miller’s ethical standpoint in addition to considered one of his notable demonstrations of narrative ability. It presents an excellent cinematic view of 2 indomitable egotists in lethal conflict.” ―The Nation

The satan in Henry Miller’s giant Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: “A pal of his Paris days, who, having been financed and taken over from Europe as an act of mercy by means of Mr. Miller, seems as exacting, sponging, evil, crafty and ungrateful a visitor as are available in modern literature. Mr. Miller has continually been a outstanding author of personality. Conrad Moricand is maybe his masterpiece. . . .A satan in Paradise is the paintings of a superb novelist manqué, a novelist who has no stricter experience of shape than the divine writer. . . .Fresh and intoxicating, humorous and relocating. . .” ―The occasions Literary Supplement (London)

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Does not the Capricorn love solitude? Ouais! Solitude in the midst of hubbub. Not heavenly solitude. Earthly solitude. Abandoned places. The drizzle turns into a light rain, a gray, sweetly melancholy rain. A beggar’s rain. My thoughts drift. Suddenly I’m gazing at the huge chrysanthemums my mother loved to raise in our dismal backyard in the street of early sorrows. They are hanging there before my eyes, like an artificial bloom, just opposite the lilac bush which Mr. Fuchs, the hundski picker, gave us one summer.

I must submerge to the root taps—Williamsburg, Canarsie, Greenpoint, Hoboken, the Gowanus Canal, Erie Basin, to playmates now moldering in the grave, to places of enchantment like Glendale, Glen Island, Sayville, Patchogue, to parks and islands and coves now transformed into garbage dumps. I must think French and write English, be very still and talk wild, act the sage and remain a fool or a dunce. I must balance what is unbalanced without falling off the tightrope. I must summon to the hall of vertigo the lyre known as the Brooklyn Bridge yet preserve the flavor and the aroma of the Place de Rungis.

In a chart, he told me, death manifested itself when all the exits were blocked. It was difficult, he averred, to detect the advent of death in advance. It was much easier to see it after a person had died; then everything became crystal clear, dramatic from a graphic standpoint. What I recall most vividly are the red and blue pencil marks he employed to indicate the progress or regression of the span of chance in his chart. It was like watching the movement of a pendulum, a slow moving pendulum which only a man of infinite patience would bother to follow.

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