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Quiet Days in Clichy

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  2,358 ratings  ·  121 reviews
This tender and nostalgic work dates from the same period as Tropic of Cancer (1934). It is a celebration of love, art, and the Bohemian life at a time when the world was simpler and slower, and Miller an obscure, penniless young writer in Paris. Whether discussing the early days of his long friendship with Alfred Perles or his escapades at the Club Melody brothel, in Quie...more
Paperback, 154 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published November 30th 1955)
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Scribble Orca
Feb 01, 2013 Scribble Orca rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone except MJ
Recommended to Scribble by: Sam
Shelves: adult-or-mature

Miller, Miller, hand on ball
Who's the most sexist of them all?

Henry Miller polarises. He's been described through the gamut of adjectives encompassing utterly scathing to gloriously idolising, not the least because of his blank disregard for publishing proprieties and reader sensibilities, which, depending on which end of the spectrum you choose to sit, mean you either laud or loathe him.

He commences Quiet Days in Clichy with a spare prose, an insightful prose, at times even a melodiously lyrica...more
Abdullah

إما أن تتقبل هنري ميللر كما هو فيروق لك و تجد نفسك من أنصاره الذين يهتفون بحماسة و دون حياء أو تبغضه إلى الأبد و تعاديه دونما هوادة و تصب اللعنات - كل اللعنات - على هذا الوغد . راقت لي بعض التعليقات في الموقع من بعض القراء الأجانب حيث كانت إحداهن منصفة إلى أبعد حد حين قالت أنه لا شك كاتبٌ رائع و إن بدا خنزيراً . هناك رأي آخر يتسائل لماذا لا يقلع الجميع عن قراءة هنري و هو الذي لا يتخلى عن البذاءات و سردها بكل الطرق البشعة و مع ذلك يلاقي نجاحاً مسعوراً - إن صح التعبير - و علل ذلك بصوته السردي البا...more
Lauren Smith
Talented and unabashedly debaucherous, Joey (a fictionalised Miller) and his roommate Carl mostly seem to spend their ‘quiet days in Clichy’ either writing or fucking. Every woman in these two stories exist entirely as sex objects for Joey and Carl, and almost all of them are ready and willing to spread their legs, for money or lust, and occasionally with utter indifference.

Normally, this would lead me to rip the story to shreds for its sexism, but I was completely swayed by Miller’s brilliant w...more
ايمان
ميللر ميللر ميللر الرذيلة حين تمشي على الأقلام و فوق الأوراق لا شيء هادئ في كليشي لا شيء بتاتا يمت للهدوء بصلة ليالي صاخبة حمراء و بكل ألوان النبيذ التي تعرفها فرنسا بين أحيائها السفلية و الخلفية ..هذا هو ميللر يجيد الحديث الجاد كما يجيد الكلام الملغم بالآثام..يتجرد من الحياء تجرده من الاستعارات ليوضح الأمور كما هي بدون تجميل ..المثير أن ميللر لا يدري أننا نتعامل مع كتبه نفس تعامله مع العاهرات نحبها في وقتها و نحتفظ بذكراها معنا لكننا نضعها في الرف و نتناول التالي...أيام هادئة في كليشي توقع الأخ...more
aya
Dec 02, 2008 aya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to aya by: Chris
Sometimes I can't separate the work from the morals/actions. But Henry Miller is just too charming to not forgive (ignore?) his objectification of women and revel with him as he fucks every girl that walks by and treats them like shit. Maybe it's just too romanticized in my mind--a starving writer in Paris going on bender after bender. Whatever it is, he's a beautiful writer. Even if he is a pig.
Henry Martin
Quiet Days in Clichy - there is nothing quiet about Miller's days in Clichy.

Henry Miller is my 'one author who affected me the most' (and I am not using the word influenced on purpose). I've read and reread his novels countless times, always finding new meanings, hidden messages, obscure sentences that burst forth with life. Miller has the power to pick me up when I'm down, the power to make me laugh when I'm sad, the power to see beauty in our messed-up world. Why? Because his works are full o...more
Patrick
Is there any more overrated author than Henry Miller, other than perhaps other writers in his inner literally (pun intended) incestuous circle? Or a more prototypical crustpunk/freegan patronizing pretentious self-absorbed dippy douchebag? Or a better example of an annoying shit who thinks just because he's in another country he's interesting?

The difference between Miller and generic porn is the fact that Miller isn't profoundly stupid. He's smart enough to know that just having sex and self-con...more
Robert
Jun 24, 2013 Robert marked it as to-read
When I noticed this book in the used book store, I picked it up, randomly turned to page 35 and read:

"She bent down and gave me a kiss on both cheeks. As she did so her boobies fell out and brushed my face."

What grown man says "boobies?"

This is Arthur Miller for Christs Sakes!


Cristcaci
This has been my favorite Henry Miller, especially for lines like "I was that peppery, I could have raped a nun."
Mark McKenna
I would put a spoiler alert up here, but does anyone NOT know what they're going to find in a Henry Miller novel? Well, if you don't . . .

"Quiet Days in Clichy" is Miller's tale of being young in Paris in the 30s, a tale he re-worked and published in 1956. It's the usual raconteur's delight of meals, whores, sex, spiritual insight, mysticism and scenery that makes Henry Miller Henry Miller.

Miller was famously dissected by Kate Millet in her 1970 book "Sexual Politics" -- torn to shreds, with ea...more
Maria João Fernandes
"Isto não são putas, são ninfomaníacas."

Os dias tranquilos em Clichy deixam muito a desejar, pelo menos no que diz respeito à tranquilidade.
Na cidade de Paris de Henry Miller, Joey e Carl constroem uma história de amizade caracterizada por intrigas e comportamentos disfuncionais. Os dois homens vivem para o momento, fazem o que lhes apetece, onde mais lhes agrada e com quem mais desejam.
Miller foca-se no lado mais sórdido de Paris, no seu mundo reles e deprimente do sexo, álcool e pobreza. Nest...more
Riley
I always enjoy Henry Miller. Here's a passage that I liked: "There are hotels in the side streets leading off the boulevard whose ugliness is so sinister that you shudder at the thought of entering them, and yet it is inevitable that you will one day pass a night, perhaps a week or a month, in one of them. You may even become so attached to the place as to find one day that your whole life has been transformed and that what you once regarded as sordid, squalid, miserable, has now become charming...more
Caitlin Creevy
Henry Miller is my most hated writer. Sir, I'm glad you had a chance to bang so many chicks. Very radical.
Joy (joyous reads)
If you're not familiar with Mr. Miller's works (as am I), you'll have a hard time discerning whether what you're reading is his memoirs or if it's fiction. Seemingly, this book was like a day in the life of Miller - a struggling American writer in Paris, honing squandering his craft through booze and women. There's very little plot to speak of. It was sex, booze, sex...and more sex. The most cringe-worthy being, sex with a minor. But this is the 1920's Paris - where everything goes and you'd get...more
Tree
I love the way the story ends. I enjoyed the background of he and his friend Carl and more of the intrigue of their wacky, dysfunctional, yet somehow brotherly "companionship of two men looking to live life in the moment, do as they please pretty much when they please and with whom they desire, and to enjoy and make something out of all of it". The desperation, the discontent, the shame of their lust for "pussy" and so on. What still amazes me is that I was neither offended or disgusted by his w...more
Khadija

هل كانت حقًا هادئة؟ لو كانت كذلك, فكيف هي أيامه الصّاخبة؟
هذا ما فكّرت فيه و أنا أنهي الكتاب, و لم يكن – بالنسبة لي على الأقل- سوى أيام داعرة، مترعة بالسفلس و زجاجات النبيذ. غمرني شعور عارم بالشفقة على كل من قاسمنه و صديقه "كارل" هذا الهراء، بدءًا بـ "نيس" التي كان لها "صوت امرأة سعيدة بأنها لا تزال على قيد الحياة" و انتهاءً بـ "كريستين"، الدنماركية التي يلائم اسمها بقرة أو حصانًا مصابًا بورم" ، لكنه – و الحق يقال- هراء مكتوب بشكل رائع يثير الغبطة.

يكتب "ميللر" بالطريقة التي أحب. راقني كثيرًا أسل...more
Benjamin
I thought, while spending a year overseas, I would read books about people who were living far from home. I was reading "Shogun", but after a few weeks, I needed a break from James Clavell's straight-forward, no-frills prose. So, I thought I would give Henry Miller a try. (Going from 1600s Japan to 20th century Paris would be a fun shift, too.)

I had started Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" years ago, but never got more than 50 pages into it because it was just so dense with philosophy, dream-like ima...more
Byron
How come someone didn't tell me about Henry Miller a long, long time ago? I'm 31, fer chrissakes. With my lifestyle, I could already be dead by now. You guys know I like to read stories about guys who get it on with a series of beautiful or at least easy women. They give me hope. And Henry Miller, apparently, is the master of the form. Like a more literary (but still enjoyable) Tucker Max. Quiet Days in Clichy probably isn't even one of his best books. Tropic of Cancer was recommended to me in a...more
Shawn
Not the type of book I normally read. A quick read: It's a strange mix of stories from his time in Paris that vary from erotica, to random acts of kindness, to ruminations on the world.

Some amusing excerpts:

"Now I know what makes the world civilised: it's vice, disease, thievery, mendacity, lechery. Shit, the French are a great people, even if they're syphilitic."

"She talked wildly, frantically, against a fatality that was overpowering. Whoever she was, she no longer had a name. She was just a w...more
Simone
Nov 27, 2007 Simone rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
I first read Quiet Days in Clichy 20 years ago. Recently, I found a used copy on the street for a couple of bucks (an older edition featuring the essay World of Sex as a back up story) so I thought, what the hell, I will re-read it.

The title is an obvious joke, Clichy being far removed from quiet. Miller is his usual filthy self, regaling of with tales of being out on the prowl with "Carl," merrily drinking in bars, sex with hookers, all the while being flat broke. Surely a great degree is exag...more
Shauna
Quiet Days in Clichy is like a little taste of the most mediocre and vile portion of Tropic of Cancer. I kept waiting for a moment of bright clarity, an original event, ANYTHING -- and then it was over. There were of course a few good lines, a couple of pertinent observations, but it jumped directly into a rough-and-ready sexual encounter with a prostitute; it didn't build upon this ...it was just one hooker after the next, with none of the blazing philosophical rants that made Tropic of Cancer...more
Po Po
Never has a man, before or since, been able to find such trouble while still carrying himself with as much aplomb and gravitas as Henry Miller. You'd almost (ALMOST! But not quite) think he was a real gentleman. His contrived chivalry seems to fool many a sashaying skirt. His style is definitely not for the prudish or easily-offended. At one point, a girl's cunt (a term he uses regularly) is referred to as a suction pump ("she's got a cunt that works like a suction pump") --quite the compliment,...more
khashayar
Well, according to the blurb, the book is supposed to be a "beautiful introduction to Miller's other writings." Is that so? I'd say, yes or as Carl would probably put it: Yah, yah!
As you might have it expected, it is fraught with four-letter words and though I am no bluenose... Anyway, if you are in a mood to philosophize a bit, the novel provides the stock as you can ask yourself dozens of existential questions while following the thread of novel.
حمد المطر
تستحق 4 نجوم. لكني اسقطت نجمة للاباحية المبالغ فيها التي تملأ العمل تماماً.
العمل لا اعلم سبب كتابته فعلا. كاتبان منحطان فعلا كل رذيلة اباحية مع كل امرا قابلاها بفرنسا. يكتبان وينفقان المال على العاهرات وهكذا دواليك بعبثية غريبة. غالبا هذا حال الكثير من الفنانين وغيرهم.
نقول المفيد. سرد ميللر خارق للعادة. مدرسة. عبارات قصيرة كل عبارة فيها الجديد والجاذب للقراءة وتسارع النوفيلا الرواية القصيرة.
ساقرا له مدار الجدي
Jeffrey
This novel was pretty much a different setting for a smaller version of Tropic of Cancer. It was quite short and a slightly easier read.
Abu Hasan
أعتقد أن العنوان ينبغي أن يكون (أيام داعرة في كليشي) فهو يعكس مضمون الكتاب بدقة بعكس العنوان الخادع
Min
Nov 07, 2009 Min is currently reading it
A wee bit raunchy but his writing still is raw and beautiful.
Tristy
Oh Henry, you naughty naughty devil, you...
Adam
Miller starts out in the world of porn, a world in which (99% of the time) a man is lust incarnate and a woman is never a woman but only a "bitch," a "cunt," a "whore," a "piece of ass," a "lady" (rarely and temporarily), and so on. The book mostly consists of men discussing women in these terms, and women obliging their sexual desires, with appropriate submission. One woman is never excited by watching a man piss, but is terribly excited by a man climbing on top of her and pissing inside her.

B...more
Jason
this is a book about limbo. Not the kind you'd typically expect. It's a dusty saga through the white legs of limbo, as henry miller cuts into prostitute after prostitute during the rainy days of Clichy. It is like watching someone play horseshoes.

There are only two things you can do on a rainy day, as the saying goes, and the whores never wasted time playing cards.

I thought this book was alright. Miller does get to stretch his verbal abilities, but this isn't Black Spring. This book is not a re...more
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif. Miller's first tw...more
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