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Miller, Henry

ISBN 10: 0802114199 / ISBN 13: 9780802114198
Published by Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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0802114199 This hardcover book is square and tight. The boards, endpages, spine, and gilt/lettering are pristine. The pages are clean, having no markings or folds. The dustjacket is bright and AS NEW. Original price intact. Mylar protected. No remainder mark. Not ex-lib. Not book club. Introduction by Mary V. Dearborn. Bookseller Inventory # 000548

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Title: Moloch

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Tired of his demeaning job and tempestuous marriage, Dion Moloch, an anti-Semite living in Brooklyn during the 1920s, escapes to the streets and battles against a world that threatens to destroy him. 12,500 first printing.

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Miller's lost first complete novel, which--along with the unfinished Crazy Cock (1991) that followed-- was unearthed in 1988. In her introduction, Mary V. Dearborn tells us: ``Moloch is intriguing as a piece of Miller juvenilia and as a first attempt at autobiographical fiction....But its prose is spotty and uneven, almost uniformly stilted and awkward, and the narrative voice is inconsistent and frequently obtrusive.'' The caveats made, this is still a pretty awful book by a wonderfully original writer finding his voice. Nobody in America in 1927 was writing even remotely like Miller does in Moloch, a novel that refuses to cut back on its vaulting ambition or to sweeten its sights with kindnesses to anyone. He writes in the third person about his days as a personnel manager for Western Union, called here The Great American Telegraph Company, and in Tropic of Capricorn The Cosmodemonic Telegraph Company. These office scenes are a run-through for the full frenetically unbuttoned experience in Capricorn, but their humor is mildly sardonic and laced with ethnic slurs appropriate to the characters. The sex here, mild by Miller's later standards, was unquestionably outspoken for its day when no man ever touched a woman's breast in fiction. Meanwhile, despite its gargantuan flaws and thick prose, something striking arises on every page, gleaming like turquoise shards in an empty lot. The story, such as it is, more or less focuses on Dion Moloch's job, his associates, and his playing free and loose while wife Blanche and daughter Edda wait at home. Then Moloch comes to terms with Blanche, after she leaves him. A period piece, often boring, filled with likable grotesques and gritty street-sights in Manhattan and Brooklyn. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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