By Henry Miller
“A excellent expression of Miller’s ethical point of view in addition to certainly one of his impressive demonstrations of narrative ability. It presents a superb cinematic view of 2 indomitable egotists in lethal conflict.” ―The Nation
The satan in Henry Miller’s gigantic Sur paradise is Conrad Moricand: “A buddy of his Paris days, who, having been financed and taken over from Europe as an act of mercy through Mr. Miller, seems as exacting, sponging, evil, crafty and ungrateful a visitor as are available in modern literature. Mr. Miller has continuously been a striking writer of personality. Conrad Moricand is perhaps his masterpiece. . . .A satan in Paradise is the paintings of an exceptional novelist manqué, a novelist who has no stricter feel of shape than the divine writer. . . .Fresh and intoxicating, humorous and relocating. . .” ―The instances Literary Supplement (London)
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He had no old clothes, it turned out. Or rather he had the same good clothes which were neither new nor old. I noticed that he was eyeing me up and down with mild curiosity. I no longer owned a suit. I wore corduroy pants, a sweater with holes in it, somebody’s hand-me-down jacket, and sneakers. My slouch hat—the last I was to own—had ventilators all around the sweat band. “One doesn’t need clothes here,” I remarked. ” he exclaimed. ” Later that morning, as he was shaving, he asked if I didn’t have some talcum powder.
Inquisitors. Sorcerers. Hermits. Gravediggers. Beggars. “Profundity. Solitude. Anguish. “Chasms. Caverns. ” Let me add a few of the more common qualities they possess, according to Moricand. “Grave, taciturn, closed. Love solitude, all that is mysterious, are contemplative. “They are sad and heavy. “They are born old. “They see the bad before the good. The weakness in everything leaps immediately to their eyes. “Penitence, regrets, perpetual remorse. “Cling to the remembrance of injuries done them.
Penitence, regrets, perpetual remorse. “Cling to the remembrance of injuries done them. “Seldom or never laugh; when they do, it is a sardonic laugh. “Profound but heavy. Burgeon slowly and with difficulty. Obstinate and persevering. Indefatigable workers. Take advantage of everything to amass or progress. “Insatiable for knowledge. Undertake long-winded projects. Given to the study of complicated and abstract things. “Live on several levels at once. Can hold several thoughts at one and the same time.