Big Sur & The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch


Thank  you again Irene of the blog, Reflections and Nightmares. All writers should read the book Big Sur and The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller. Warning though, it could be dangerous to your purse. I have bought or put on my wish list numerable books he has referenced or recommended.

Only Thomas Moore’s A Religion of One’s Own is producing more wishes. The good news is that most of the books Miller calls up are, because of the date published, less expensive than those highlighted by a more contemporary author.

Here is a quote from Big Sur. “The greatest problem is not how to get along with one’s neighbor, but how to get along with one’s self. Trite, you say. But true, nevertheless.”

Especially for the more difficult neighbors, I would add that getting along with them is impossible without serious work on self. End of sermon.

4 thoughts on “Big Sur & The Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

  1. Marilyn Armstrong February 2, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    I read those books so many years — and so many books — ago I don’t remember them. Probably, it’s time for a re-read.

    • fictionfitz February 3, 2014 / 5:32 am

      You were fortunate to discover early on. As I am a late bloomer, I think for me they would have fallen on deaf ears.

  2. deborahbrasket February 12, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Thank you. I read his “Tropic of Cancer” long ago, but not this. Now I’m eager to do so. And I love the quote you included.

    • fictionfitz February 12, 2014 / 9:00 am

      My Kindle Fire tells me that I am now 53% through Big Sur etc. I am loving every page. Never read Tropic of Cancer, but it is bought and in my read cue. If I didn’t love where I live, I would be buying a tent and moving to Big Sur. Well, maybe a Marriott.

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