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Henry Miller: The Paris Years

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  232 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Miller didn't just inhabit Paris, he devoured it. Not the Paris of the guidebooks, but the City of Light's lurid backways and backwaters, the dens of vice where he could slough off the pale cast of American puritanism and embrace the hedonistic facts of life. The Parisian life of Miller was a turbulent quest for new sensations and avenues, a roisterous, slumming exploratio ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Arcade Publishing (first published October 16th 1995)
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Apr 21, 2014 AC rated it really liked it
Let me just add a few comments to what I've already written below. I found this book a lot more interesting than I had expected. My infatuation with Miller in my youth had not stood up to a recent rereading of Cancer and Capricorn -- and I have begun to understand why so many of my GR friends rate his books rather poorly. I'm not even sure why I chose to read this book, in fact, given where I'm at.

On the other hand, as I read Brassaï's intelligent account (he has a wonderful eye, as you'd expect
Mercedes Rochelle
May 17, 2016 Mercedes Rochelle rated it really liked it
I didn't know a thing about Henry Miller when I found this book; in fact, I had him confused with that other Miller who married Marilyn Monroe! Rather, I bought this book because I love Brassaï and consider him one of the most inspired photographers of the 20th century. I had no idea he could write, too, so I couldn't resist. Of course, it didn't hurt that Miller's Paris years were 1930-1939—a rip-roaring decade just oozing with wild, creative souls who seemed to compete with each other in outra ...more
Curt Hopkins Hopkins
Jul 04, 2011 Curt Hopkins Hopkins rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
The photographer Brassai's book on his time with Henry Miller in Paris is one of my favorites - rereading it again; love his photographs too - one of the few photographers who makes pictures that are haunted and transportive.

Brassai admires Miller, as well as showing personal affection for him, but he's no dummy. Combining personal knowledge with Miller's writings, including letters to him, Nin, Durrell, Perles and others, he creates a picture of the man and assesses his importance in literatur
Sofia Jacinto
Oct 04, 2012 Sofia Jacinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Words aren't enough to express my undying love for both Brassai and Miller.
This isn't just Brassai's point of view in Henry Miller's life and books but a description of an entire society.

«Of this entire passage I can corroborate only our shared passion for the malodorous parts of towns, for the «little dark corners» and «their sinister beauty», to borrow the phrase from Jacques Prévert. Miller returns to the thought in the following passage from his introduction to my book Histoire de Marie: 'A
Olivier Goetgeluck
Mar 25, 2014 Olivier Goetgeluck rated it really liked it
"I don't want to progress, I want to regress. [...] Do you know why I called my first book Tropic of Cancer? It was because to me cancer symbolizes the disease of civilization, the endpoint of the wrong path, the necessity to change course radically, to start completely over from scratch... Yes, from scratch, no question about it, for better or for worse... What I want is to halt evolution, to go backward down the path we have taken, to back to the world before childhood, to regress, regress, re ...more
Arthur Hoyle
Dec 06, 2013 Arthur Hoyle rated it really liked it
A charming account of Brassaï's friendship with Miller during the 1930s. Miller gave a portrait of Brassaï in "The Eye of Paris," an essay collected in Miller's The Wisdom of the Heart.
Jul 29, 2011 Corto added it
Sharp and evocative memoir.
Ed Teja
Mar 20, 2016 Ed Teja rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book--a personal memoir of the time and the lives of both Miller and Brassai. Well done and filled with lovely asides.
Dec 27, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
I was expecting an immensely personal recollection of Miller by Mr Brassai, and it was that at times, but for long stretches it simply read like any competently researched biography.

Even given that, this book delivers exactly what it says it will on the jacket. If you read that, if you're looking into this book at all, I suspect you will enjoy it.
Mary Shanley
Oct 11, 2012 Mary Shanley rated it it was amazing
Intimate revelations about Henry and Paris, Henry and June, Henry and Anais etc. Really worthwhile if you love Miller.
Mar 30, 2008 Doug rated it really liked it
Great portrait of the writer by the legendary Parisian photographer Brassai--one artist appreciating another.
Meredith  Baird
Nov 10, 2012 Meredith Baird rated it it was amazing
Henry Miller- living in Paris. Dark, seedy, creative, beautiful and inspiring.
Aug 05, 2009 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
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George Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász) (9 September 1899 — 8 July 1984) was a Hungarian photographer, sculptor, and filmmaker who rose to international fame in France in the 20th century. He was one of the numerous Hungarian artists who flourished in Paris beginning between the World Wars. In the early 21st century, the discovery of more than 200 letters and hundreds of drawings and other item ...more
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