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Nexus (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Nexus (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

4.0 out of 5 stars V.good, 28 May 2013
After reading the first two parts of the rosy crucifixion trilogy, Sexus and Plexus and being blown away by them both, I was expecting a similarly mind expanding affect from Nexus. Unfortunately though, I was left a little underwhelmed by the experience. The characterisation of the supporting cast which was so strong in Plexus in particular, is somewhat lacking in this book. Though there are still some very interesting and complex characters, especially in the form of Sid Essen and Macgregor, they are not fleshed out in such an engaging way as achieved before.

Also the unshakeable defiance, self belief and sexual confidence Henry shows in the rest of the trilogy (and the tropic books) seems to have taken a serious dent here. These qualities, though still present to a certain extent, are largely absent from Nexus which is a shame.

The reason why I found this is disappointing is because I believe that this is where miller is at his best and personally I find it the most appealing aspect of his work. That said, it is still an exceptional book. Even when Miller is not firing on all cylinders he is still way better most writers. His philosophical insights are poignant and moving and the comic touches he adds are very amusing.

Overall 4 stars' from me, though the rest of the trilogy and the tropic books would all get 5.

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