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The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller
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Sep 22, 09


This was the worst book I have read in months. Incoherent, the style disgusting, raving endlessly about everything and nothing at all. I had to skip pages all the time, there is no other way to read this book. I have heard he was quite a helpless writer and a pornographer, but I could not guess how really bad he actually is: he is unreadable.

As for Katsimbalis and his gang (the 30s generation) you won't get to learn a lot about them from this book - it simply does not deliver the goods. Very few passages, scattered here and there, do actually talk about Katsimbalis, so even the title is misleading.

(My review is for the 1965 greek translation of the book, which at least had a better cover than this one I see here. What is this? one of the Delphi kouroi posing as Katsimpalis? ha, ha, ridiculous).
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