By Henry Miller

His tales and essays have a good time these infrequent members (famous and imprecise) whose artistic resilience and mere lifestyles oppose the mechanization of minds and souls.

In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate, Henry Miller back to the U.S. with a prepared wish to see what his place of origin was once relatively like―to get to the roots of the yankee nature and adventure. He set out on a trip that used to be to final 3 years, vacationing many sections of the rustic and making pals of all descriptions. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is the results of that odyssey.

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