Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

by Henry Miller

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Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller

In his great triptych "The Millennium," Bosch used oranges and other fruits to symbolize the delights of Paradise.
In his great triptych “The Millennium,” Bosch used oranges and other fruits to symbolize the delights of Paradise. Whence Henry Miller’s title for this, one of his most appealing books; first published in 1957, it tells the story of Miller’s life on the Big Sur, a section of the California coast where he lived for fifteen years. Big Sur is the portrait of a place—one of the most colorful in the United States—and of the extraordinary people Miller knew there: writers (and writers who did not write), mystics seeking truth in meditation (and the not-so-saintly looking for sex-cults or celebrity), sophisticated children and adult innocents; geniuses, cranks and the unclassifiable, like Conrad Moricand, the “Devil in Paradise” who is one of Miller’s greatest character studies. Henry Miller writes with a buoyancy and brimming energy that are infectious. He has a fine touch for comedy. But this is also a serious book—the testament of a free spirit who has broken through the restraints and clichés of modern life to find within himself his own kind of paradise.

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ISBN-13: 9780811201070
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/28/1957
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 558,190
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Henry Miller (1891—1980) was one of the most controversial American novelists during his lifetime. His book, The Tropic of Cancer, was banned in the some U.S. states before being overruled by the Supreme Court. New Directions publishes several of his books.

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With this book, Miller acknowledges what is necessary for the individual to exert his/her will over societal games in living a life that holds value higher than that which can be put in monetary terms--that one must be willing to live simply, without attachment to the material world, and be willing to live off the land. A 'hard life,' as many of us would define it. Rewarding? You be the judge. Comparisons to Thoreau's Walden are apt.