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The Rosy Crucifixion: Sexus, Plexus, Nexus

4.31  ·  Rating Details ·  308 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Henry Miller's Rosy Crucifixion, his second major trilogy, took more than 10 years for the author to complete. Beginning in 1949 with Sexus, a work so controversial all of Paris was abuzz with L'Affaire Miller, (and publisher Maurice Girodias saw himself threatened with jail), following in 1952 with Plexus, and finally concluding with 1959's Nexus, the three works are a da ...more
Paperback, 628 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by (first published 1980)
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Feb 10, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
That fiction can sound like reality. That life can begin at 40 and continue after 50.
Nov 03, 2010 dali48 rated it really liked it
When I read it as a student in the 70s I was fond of Miller's books - It's about 40 years ago, and I can't remember of it... In the book "Sexus" I found many underlined lines and asides plus Vocabular. I also discovered a few loose sheets on which Miller is mentioned, eg by Lawrence Durrell - The HM reader - "I am against pornography and for obscenity ... My books are not about sex but about self-liberation ... The full and joyful acceptance of the worst in oneself is the only way of transformin ...more
Ward Williamson
Feb 24, 2008 Ward Williamson rated it really liked it
This is one of my all time favorite books. A romance. Reminds me of Dylan's Blood On The Tracks, especially the song A Simple Twist of Fate. I think I discovered Miller when I was about 18 - a good age to discover him. It is flawed by self-love and may be rather dumb but it has an innocence, exuberance, and spiritual feeling that is hard to come by. It is his story: a great fairytale of following one's dreams. He really dies to the world and is reborn. Really funny too. A lot of people might thi ...more
Carlos Batista
Oct 21, 2013 Carlos Batista rated it it was amazing
La Crucificción Rosada de Henry Miller, distribuida a lo largo de esos tres hermosos y terríbles volúmenes que son, "Plexus", "Nexus" y "Sexus", más que "Trópico de Cancer" y "Trópico de Capricornio", me dieron una idea muy amplia acerca de ese viaje por la vida de Henry Miller, no obstante que haya mucho de ficción en los tres libros, finalmente mucho del autor prevalece en esa obra. Pienso que son libros imprescindibles.

Carlos Batista
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Apr 24, 2013 D. Thaddius rated it it was amazing
I recommend reading this if you desire time travel back to a time before decent birth control was available. Miller spares no details of the bloody torture and death of women in a time when freedom for women to be real women came to a climax. Just in case you are still living in some fantasy world about morality vs. honesty... this may help you to understand why all the fuss.
Mar 30, 2014 Leonardo rated it it was amazing
Sfogliando e divorando le 1713 pagine di Sexus, Plexus e Nexus ti può sembrar di leggere, a seconda dei casi, un romanzo erotico, una poesia in prosa, un'opera surrealista, una novella beat, un vocabolario (tante sono le parole che ti sorprendi a scoprire o riscoprire leggendo queste pagine), un saggio di critica sociale, un romanzo di formazione o una semplice autobiografia; il più delle volte The Rosy Crucifixion è tutte queste cose messe insieme, compresse in un'unica narrazione dal fascino i ...more
Oct 07, 2012 Chris rated it liked it
I've rated Miller's second trilogy 3 stars. 1 star for the sheer magnitude of the project, another for the great insight into Miller's early life and the final star (but a weakened star, one that's burning out quickly) for the balls Miller had to keep releasing original work. Writing that could not be confined to a genre - writing that could only come from the mind of one man.

However, there is a problem with 'The Rosy Crucifixion', a problem I will try to define here.

I liken the experience of co
A.H. Richards
Nov 07, 2013 A.H. Richards rated it did not like it
Plenty of reviews have been written here on this trilogy. Mine will be short.
The writer Lawrence Durrell, Miller's close friend, was extremely disappointed with the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, and told Miller as much. His disappointment is shared, I think, with many a Miller fan and scholar. The narratives meander, narrator intrusions abound (with typical Millerian vim and vigour) and we find none of the taut, compelling writing found in Tropic of Cancer and Black Spring, for example. Miller simpl
Tom Wiebe
Sep 06, 2012 Tom Wiebe rated it it was amazing
This came along at exactly the right time and place in my life and I, in many regards, credit the insight these "autobiographical novels" (as Miller called them) gave me with my not giving up the ghost with regard to my own creative pursuits. He spoke so honestly about sex, love, spirituality, politics, history, society, literature, architecture, long lists of things, dreams, psychology, and yes, the struggles of being an artist when it is money and industriousness that are typically valued abo ...more
T.P. Williams
May 08, 2011 T.P. Williams rated it it was ok
Read these novel/memoirs again, after some 40 years. Did not improve with age. Some parts are unflinchingly honest, but most of it a lot of hot air, Miller showing off self-education and book learning, and most times not a very sympathetic figure. Chaotically disorganized. To say it is self-indulgent is a gross understatement, even if you accept idea that an artist is "different" or finds motivation in unusual ways. Despite the infatuation with Mara/Mona, you never really get to know her, after ...more
Bob Thomson
Jul 03, 2014 Bob Thomson rated it really liked it
Amazingly lucid account of an absolute libertine. Intelligent, steeped in the intellectual brew Miller's fevered imagination, a breathtaking read.
Wael Mahmoud
Nov 29, 2013 Wael Mahmoud rated it really liked it
The trilogy is a remarkable work of art although i like the two tropics more.

The best part is Plexus then Sexus and at last Nexus.

My review on each part is here

Sexus (The Rosy Crucifixion, #1) by Henry Miller Plexus (The Rosy Crucifixion, #2) by Henry Miller Nexus (The Rosy Crucifixion, #3) by Henry Miller
May 14, 2007 Bradley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: fiction
This trilogy covers some of the same material, roughly, that Miller's other Trilogy, the Tropics and Black Spring cover, though these works are more vivid, more chronologically structured, and slightly more conceived. Who knows, if I had read these first, which I would prefer?
Nov 12, 2008 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deep-fiction
A lot of women say Miller is a sexist. I think he's just tragically forthright and honest. This trilogy blew my mind but I've yet to find another Miller book I could finish or enjoy. Perhaps this is another perfect personal reaction to so so literature
Francisco Reivax
Nov 25, 2009 Francisco Reivax rated it really liked it
I read all 3 volumes in French translation in the mid 1970's. It was a good education just before I moved to New York City !
Oct 17, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
No plot, but surprisingly readable regardless.
Apr 09, 2012 Alex rated it it was amazing
Plexus is the best part. Lust for life.
Jul 04, 2009 Aelia rated it liked it
Its my evening read!
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif. Miller's first tw
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