Moloch: Or, This Gentile World by Henry Miller

By Henry Miller

Exposed besides loopy Cock in 1988 through Miller biographer Mary V. Dearborn, Moloch emerged from the distress of Miller's years at Western Union and from the squalor of his first marriage.

Set within the swiftly altering ny urban of the early twenties, its hero is the rough-and-tumble Dion Moloch, a guy choked with anger and melancholy. Trapped in a demeaning task, oppressed by means of an acrimonious domestic lifestyles, Moloch escapes to the streets basically to be assaulted by means of an international he despises much more — a Brooklyn remodeled right into a shrill medley of ethnic attractions, sounds, and scents. The antagonized Moloch moves out blindly at every little thing he hates, fighting opposed to a global whose hostility threatens to weigh down and damage him.

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All of these novels, rather, distinguish and dramatize a tension between true, tested fighters who are killers, on the one hand, and, on the other, wannabe chivalrous knights who have derived their ideas from military training or literary romance or family legend and nourish fantasies of honor and female rescue. Thus in Sun Romero the bullfighter squares off with Robert Cohn, with his military prep school training; Faulkner’s returning soldier Dalton Ames dominates Quentin, who identifies in his mind with forefather generals; and Gatsby is unable to contain and hide his internal contradiction between cold-blooded soldier-criminal and softhearted romantic lover.

45 Rethinking Post–World War I Classics 19 And importantly, the premier group of Anglo American writers at issue here focused not on the aggregate intelligence test results, collated after the war, that seemed to “confirm” Anglo superiority, nor on the fact that, in terms of sheer numbers and at the highest ranks in terms of percentages as well, most World War I officers were still college-educated and Anglo, but naturally on their own personal frustrations with the American Army—an army that they also understood had rapidly changed its methods of selecting officers.

I]t was not my show anymore” (167)—and such a turning of the tables would be cathartic for Hemingway, who in reality, had an unimportant position and felt rejected perhaps by both armies. Another World War I American writer and Red Cross ambulance driver, John Dos Passos, expressly articulates this feeling of being underutilized by the army in his Three Soldiers, in a discussion between two Anglo characters: one “rejected from the army” because of “a weak heart,” says to the other, a dissatisfied private, “one of the nameless marching throng,” “do you mean that you think you had abilities which would have been worth more to your country in another position?

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