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Sexus (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – 2 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Re-issue edition (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007241291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007241293
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Henry Miller:

‘American literature begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.’ Lawrence Durrell

‘I regard Henry Miller as a master.’ Colin MacInne

Praise for ‘Sexus’:

‘A huge, sprawling narrative of Miller's life in New York, “Sexus'”culminates in a description of an orgy as remarkable for its account of the author's powers of sexual endurance as for its versatility. Interspersed are descriptions of his friends, some of them extremely funny and all of them lively. The lack of inhibition and genteel or moral restraint with which Miller describes these various characters gives “Sexus” a unique vitality. Miler cannot be pompous, a rare virtue, and his honesty is absolute.’ Spectator

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'I WAS APPROACHING MY THIRTY-THIRD YEAR, THE AGE CHRIST CRUCIFIED. A WHOLLY NEW LIFE LAY BEFORE ME, HAD I THE COURAGE TO RISK ALL'

When Henry Miller left America for Paris in the 1930s to lead the life of a literary bohemian, he called this death of his former existence and his resurrection as a writer a 'rosy crucifixion'. This dramatic transformation provided the leitmotif for some of Miller's finest writing, embodying everything he felt about self-liberation and the true life of the spirit.

'Sexus', the first volume in the 'Rosy Crucifixion' trilogy, looks back in fictionalised form to Miller's America life in the 1920s. Frantically seeking antidotes to his dreary job and life 'in a morbidly respectable neighbourhood' with his wife Maude, Miller becomes obsessed with the promiscuous and mysterious Mara, dance hall hostess, femme fatale and pathological liar.

First published in Paris in 1949, this picaresque, extraordinarily candid tale of Miller's sexual escapades amongst the low-life of Brooklyn was banned in Great Britain and America for nearly twenty years.

"A huge, sprawling narrative of Miller's life in New York, 'Sexus' culminates in a description of an orgy as remarkable for its account of the author's powers of sexual endurance as for its versatility. Interspersed are descriptions of his friends, some of them extremely funny and all of them lively. The lack of inhibition and genteel or moral restraint with which Miller describes these various characters gives 'Sexus' a unique vitality. Miler cannot be pompous, a rare virtue, and his honesty is absolute"
SPECTATOR

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This book changed my life. I discovered a soul mate in Henry Miller, someone with infinite creativity, a sense of the beauty of life, somebody who was prepared to live large. The book Sexus became a bible of sorts to me, a bible on how to live large, and with gusto. Whenever I'd lose my way in the world, I'd simply read a few pages from this book, and I'd feel wonderful, balanced, and inspired again... Henry Miller reminds me that life is short, hilarious, an adventure, and can be as wild and enchanting as we choose it to be.
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Henry Miller has the ability to take the reader to places of opposite feeling, combining his intellect with down-and-out narrative. His life is one driven by animal lust encompassing literature, women, money and alcohol, describing every possible experience one could have in these - except maybe long-term success or hapiness. This novel explores the above, it is a fine piece as is the Rosy Crucifiction. Here you find essayist and story teller hand in hand, and is very close to a complete literary package. Compare 'The Ghetto (N.Y.)' from Sexus with 'Picodiribibi' from Plexus. Superb.
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So is talking Henry Miller in the book that can change one's life. This is just one of all the sentences I underlined in my book ... in fact I stopped to underlined when I realized that the whole book was worth it. Henry tell us about his life, about his struggle to accomplish himself ... to become who he is deep inside. He is listening to the voice crying in his mind ... that scarry voice that very often we pretend to not hear ... Should you ask yourself sometimes some questions about life, your life, love and everything, I urge you to read this bible.
A last one for the road (like we say in France) : "The man who looks for security, even in the mind, is like a man who would chop off his lims in order to have artificial ones which will give him no pain no trouble" --HM "Sexus"
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