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Quiet Days in Clichy

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  4,589 ratings  ·  272 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 July 1956)
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Lauren Smith
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic, ebook
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
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Scribble Orca
Feb 01, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: everyone except MJ
Recommended to Scribble by: Sam
Shelves: adult-or-mature
update: Miller's Quiet Days In Clichy is given the once over in Verbivoracious Festschrift Volume Three: The Syllabus.

Quiet away away
from misogynay
said more to be sexist is he
but after all is done and said
he likes his women most in bed
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Henry Martin
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Manan Desai
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Henry Miller fans
Shelves: literature, 2018, erotica
Quiet Days in Clichy is a novella about nothing. It tells the story, barely at that, of a few days in the lives of two starving writers in Paris. It's supposed to be semi-autobiographical, based on Miller's own experiences of living a destitute life in Clichy neighbourhood of Paris in 1930s.

Both the central characters are made out to be crass misogynists yet cannot live without women. Miller writes marvellously as long as he is not writing about sex. When he turns to sex, which is almost on ever
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Printable Tire
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
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Fiona MacDonald
Interesting book to read if you are familiar with Montmartre and Parisian hotspots, and also wonderful to see an author who really doesn't care what he says or who he might offend with his shocking use of language. Enjoyable offering from Henry Miller. ...more
Cristcaci
May 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This has been my favorite Henry Miller, especially for lines like "I was that peppery, I could have raped a nun." ...more
Riley
May 31, 2010 rated it liked it
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
aya
Nov 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mark McKenna
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Robert Davis
Oct 15, 2012 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!


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K.K. Wootton
Sep 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
Henry Miller is my most hated writer. Sir, I'm glad you had a chance to bang so many chicks. Very radical. ...more
Benjamin Chandler
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Tree
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Martina
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Miller just isn't for me.

However this book did have a great moment where the protagonist goes to Luxembourg and afterwards provides some amusing insights:

'The quiet, dull life of a people which has no reason to exist, and which in fact does not exist, except as cows or sheep exist,'

'Luxembourg is like Brooklyn, only more charming and more poisonous,'

'Better to die like a louse in Paris than live here on the fat of the land.'
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Byron
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
John
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
An interesting insight into Bohemian life in Paris during the 1930s. I suspect if this is semi autobiographical that the second story rings more true with less fantasy. Enjoyable read and I will be reading more of Henry Miller.
Tristy
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, erotic
Oh Henry, you naughty naughty devil, you...
Iris
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
I hate men oh my god
Jason
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Philip Lee
After spending three turgid months edging along the Tropic of Cancer two or three pages at a time, I whip through Quiet Days in Clichy in three short sessions. By length, it's a mere novelette (I wouldn't tag it a “novella” as that implies a genre of some kind, whereas “long short story” would stretch it beyond the natural confines of fiction). It's about how Miller spent some of his decade long stay in Paris living with a French journalist/writer known as Carl. His relationship with Carl and va ...more
Milva
Apr 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books, 2019
It's not a love letter to the city as the only part that can be described like that is the first, quite beautiful, paragraph. The rest is bullshit written by the asshole who in his 40s thinks that's quite alright to fuck a 15-year-old girl whom he even called a child.
The language is mediocre, constant repetition of vulgar 'cunt' and more comic 'boobies' were of a poor taste.
Constant descriptions of sex with many stupid, dull, simple, crazy, sometimes 'cheerful as cow' but always dense women trea
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Sakshi Kathuria
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I may just come out and say that the book was quite a ride till the end. It is about the life of Henry Miller and his author friend, Alfred (Tagged as 'Carl' in the book) who resides in Clichy for a year and had multiple sexual partners and promiscuous adventures, giving them comfort and inspiration in their writing. Women were treated as a sex object in the entire book and may sound absolutely shocking to the prudes and puritans. But having never read another of his work, I enjoyed this novella ...more
Unbridled
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Henry's books are a pleasure to revisit. It is odd how one returns to Henry's books - hundreds of books later, their flaws are even more obvious, but so too is the tenderness, the rawness, the humor, the story - and above all, the genius. Never before and never again have we had an American writer quite like Henry. To be sure there have been plenty of imitators, plenty of ecstatic admirers, and an equal number of closeted admirers - but heirs? No. Geniuses? No. America seems to breed a lot of br ...more
Simone
Nov 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Shawn
Mar 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Shauna
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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Jeffrey
Jul 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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