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Nexus (Rosy crucifixion) Paperback – 13 Jan 1994

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Product details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Evergreen Ed edition (13 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802151787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802151780
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,183,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e0895d0) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e0aa030) out of 5 stars An absolutely fascinating and engrossing portrait 25 Sept. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What strikes me about the Rosy Crucifixion (and Nexus in particular) is that, even at its worst, it is unbelievably striking and poignant. Perhaps it is how human every aspect of this book is (down even to the flaws), it writhes and rears its head like the humanity that created it. Miller is, beyond anything, a man that is mired in the mass that constitutes this humanity and, from that vantage point, is a writer that creates pure genius.
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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ff9bf30) out of 5 stars Sex and Philosophy 14 May 2005
By Ronald K. Pendleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I owe Henry Miller a great debt. It was his writing, the way he combined sex and philosophy, that really got me into reading all sorts of different things. Now, 50 years later, I am still impressed by what he has written, and I'm still reading all sorts of different things. What we read becomes a part of us, helps define who we are, what we understand of others and of ourself. So what Henry Miller has written is a part of me and when I go back and reread various things he has written, that helps me remember who I am and that I am still continuing to become who I am.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ea6a408) out of 5 stars Henry the First 19 April 2001
By Jimena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is tough describing what is that keeps me so attached to this trilogy, specially this book where Miller describes his pain and his feelings in such a straightforward way. I believe it is his honesty and his bravery to say things one would never even dare to think of. Words come and go smoothly, an so my mind when I read this man. Helps opening up.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7a4c24) out of 5 stars One of Miller's finest 11 Dec. 2006
By Henry Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Henry Miller has influenced me more than any other author ever did. I remember the first time I took to reading one of his books -- The Black Spring. I was only about fourteen -- it seems so long ago -- and, instantly, I was "hooked". There was simply no other writer in the past century that could combine words like Miller did. Eventually, I graduated to his more profound, challenging works, and The Rosy Crucifixion is one of them, Nexus in particular. The finest, most chalenging book in the trilogy, it is filled with not only Miller's so own mumbling, but with something much deeper -- philosophical contemplations on everything from the Western world we live in, to art, relationships, society and suffering. Suffering so typical in America, yet very few authors were able to achive its description as fine as Miller did. Along with The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, Nexus is the must read for any Miller fan. Immortalizing the one woman who made it possible for him to become "the" writer he is, is only a part of the story, enabling us to pull the thorn from our side and see the world with clearer eyes is the best gift he could have given us. Highly recommended, but please read the entire trilogy. Starting with book three would be like eating the cake first, without appreciating what went to the dough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90ebd948) out of 5 stars Miller's Last Work! 13 Dec. 2010
By Shogo Onoe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love his trilogy Rosy Crucifixion. Nexus is the last one. Miller told us everything about his life struggles without any reservations. When I read this book, I was agreed, cried, laughed like a happy lunatic. Every time I reread this enchanting book, I became as happy as a baby god. He depicted his jealous of his wife's lesbian lover. He followed his wife and studied her every movement. He started questioning for his manhood because of his wife's lover. He constantly thought how to get rid of his wife's lover. One day he was shocked to see that his apartment was empty since Mona and her lover went to Europe without him.
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.
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