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Visions from San Francisco Bay
Interrelated essays by the Nobel Laureate on his adopted home of California, which Lewis Hyde, writing in The Nation, called "remarkable, morally serious and thought-provoking essays, which strive to lay aside the barren categories by which we have understood and judged our state . . . Their subject is the frailty of modern civilization."
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My plan with this review was to include several amazing quotes so that the author could speak for himself. As they are all a good paragraph long and I have to return this book tomorrow and I'm too lazy to go to class today, so obviously too lazy to write a longer review, that's not going to happen. So much for grand plans. This is a book about the differences between America and Europe, about how everyone feels trapped in their own skin and helpless and stupid sometimes and how it's so hard to m ...more
I’m very glad I read this. It was a great read. Not only is this written beautifully - but the author also gives one much to think about. He suffered under Nazi occupation (he was in Warsaw) in his native Poland. Many of his insights and contrasts - of this book - relate to what he is seeing in the U.S. and how he sees it in the light of his experience in Europe during the War. His insights are never glib - never easy.
Some spot-on insights about the US from an immigrant from Poland and then ten years in France. Philosophical meanderings go in circles. Translation seems stilted and interferes with understanding the author's intent. I would not recommend except for the historical perspective.
Czesław Miłosz memorialised his Lithuanian childhood in a 1955 novel, The Issa Valley , and in the 1959 memoir Native Realm . After graduating from Sigismund Augustus Gymnasium in Vilnius, he studied law at Stefan Batory University and in 1931 he travelled to Paris, where he was influenced by his distant cousin Oscar Milosz, a French poet of Lithuanian descent and a Swedenborgian. His first volu ...moreMore about Czesław Miłosz...