Nexus (Rosy crucifixion) Paperback – 13 Jan 1994
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From the Back Cover
'The Rosy Crucifixion may be Miller's masterpiece. It is an extended account of Miller's efforts to become a writer and relates his struggles, financial and spiritual, in detail. At the same time, it recreates the tone and texture of Miller's environment, and brings alive his varied cronies. Written in a relaxed, naturalistic American prose, the book is at times uproariously funny, especially when Miller pokes fun at himself.
About the Author
Henry Valentine Miller was born in New York City in 1891 and raised in Brooklyn. He lived in Europe, particularly Paris, Berlin, the south of France, and Greece; in New York; and in Beverly Glen, Big Sur, and Pacific Palisades, California where he died in 1980. He is also the author, among many other works, of "Tropic of Capricorn", the "Rosy Crucifixion" trilogy ("Sexus", "Plexus", "Nexus"), and "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare".
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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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Even though the book is loosely based around his tumultuous years with his wife (referred to as Mona in this trilogy) before leaving for Paris, the reader gets far more than that. Miller uses this concrete platform to churn out ideas on most anything else in existence. His writing is lucid, thought-provoking, and intelligent here, some of the best he has ever created.
Overall, a fantastic summation of the points articulated throughout the Rosy Crucifixion and Miller's own life. This is an absolutely amazing writer at his best, not to be missed!
What the most impressed me in the book was Miller's struggles for being a writer. I admire his determination to be a writer to heaven. He taught me that one should not give up even though nobody recognizes him. When one believes in himself entirely, miracles will occur someday. It is a wonderful sensation to read Nexus. Miller knew even in his abortive periods that someday he would be recognized if he persisted in writing.
I love the last chapter the best. I completely understand how high spirit he was in before he went to Europe. He wanted to escape from America so long and finally he could do it. From the morning, he was singing and so happy because of his imminent escape. He decided to take a look at America last time where he had suffered so much. He tried to nice to a beggar and offer friendship to him, but he could not understand Miller's frolicsome joke. Miller finally decided to say good-bye to America....
This is not an ordinary book, but this is a human document and contains Miller's true feelings. Miller showed me that everything is possible if one believes himself ultimately.