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Nexus (The Rosy Crucifixion #3)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,578 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Nexus, the last book of Henry Miller's epic trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, is widely considered to be one of the landmarks of American fiction. In it, Miller vividly recalls his many years as a down-and-out writer in New York City, his friends, mistresses, and the unusual circumstances of his eventful life.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1959)
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Shauna
You'll like Nexus if, like me, you're not hung up on plot and want to sink into ideas, regardless of their sequence/flow. The book is basically a waiting room -- Miller's killing time in Brooklyn before he can transform himself as writer in Paris. In the meantime, he's got a lot to say about love, family, sex, writing, god, death, and pretty well everything.

Nexus is the third in a series, so if you haven't read the first two, you get the impression you're missing out on the specifics as to how h
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Chuchotement
Oct 02, 2012 Chuchotement rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: budding artists
Shelves: autobiographies
There is an element of the exotic and the animalistic in Miller, but at his core, he is a typical and rebellious American. He is equally at home comparing himself to a dog or to Jesus, and through these images, he traces his evolution from Wastrel to Want-Not Prophet, from his dingy childhood to idyllic Paris. On the surface, it is easy to see oneself in Miller's desperate attempts to sort out love, work, money, and art. ...and really, Miller is so likable in this last installment of The Rosy Cr ...more
Amir ali

رمان نكسوس نوشته هنري ميلر، نويسنده آمريكايي به اعتبار فرم خاصي كه دارد، توسط اول شخص مفرد روايت مي شود و همين امر باعث همذات پنداري خواننده با راويست. البته ناگفته نماند كه اين همذات پنداري از طرف خوانندگان شرقي از قوت بيشتري برخوردار است- چرا كه ميلر- خود از منتقدان سرسخت فرهنگ آمريكاييست و بارها و بارها در آثارش به روحيه شرقي خود اشاره مي كند.
Praj
Emergency!! Emergency!! Animal control we have a wild penis on loose!! Help!!!!

Woof!Woof! Ladies hold on to your knickers (as if that matters...hahaha!) I'm back in town darlings!! The horny uncouth bastard, so save your vanities and say hello to Mr. Henry Miller!

Sexual claustrophobia and unrestrained gusto for life made me churn out vulgar visceral depiction of what is christened as ,"Ménage à trois gone down the drain". Mona’s (a.k.a Mara) romps with her eccentric fuckaree lover- Stasia drove
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Sul6an
أوه، ياله من كتاب ( الثُلاثية ) - كتاب الوحلِ والسماء ؛ إن صحَّ القول !

بديعٌ هذا الميللر : البذئ، البرئ، الجرئ، الجامح .. بديعٌ ومُريعٌ بتعرّيهِ - هُوَذا عارياً تماماً، ويرقصُ وسطَ غابٍ من حديد عشبُهُ الدولار - أميركا! - مُغنياً بالكلماتِ الأشدّ حِدةً وفتكاً ؛ هُوَذا في الكتاب الطويلِ الطويلِ، يعوي، يبكي، يكوي نفسَه، ينادي، ينبذُ، يئنُّ أنينَ كلبةٍ عُضت، يرنُّ رنينَ وتر، يحنُّ إلى الأقدمينَ، يُجنُّ شبقاً وعِشقاً ... وعوداً على بدءٍ يعوي هاجياً أميركا والموتى السائرون !
Epicarmo Papoula
Este foi um amigo muito importante, lido com vagar e cuidado. Henry Miller é meu irmão mais velho, conselheiro atento para meus momentos de insanidade, melancolia e alegria de viver. Sábio que se arrisca , poeta da crueza e da interioridade dilascerada. Meu amigo, meu irmão, eu vos apresento.
Ron
Dutch translation of "The Rosy Crucifixion Book Three Nexus" ... translations are difficult ... after reading the books in the language they were written, the Dutch versions seem contrived ...
Randi Hope
Read my review for Sexus- it's basically the same thing.
How many times do I want to read about someone else's sexcapades before I close the book and 'get some of my own'.
Alejandro Ramirez
Comienza como Bukowsky, pero erotizado. Hay que confesar que literatura erótica tal vez no sea lomas apto para escuchar a las 8 de la mañana mientras vas batallando con el tráfico rumbo al trabajo. Pero en fin, luego de horas y horas de escuchar una escena de sexo tras otra con mínimos elementos de trama; francamente aburrido de tanta repetición, al final viene una sección rabiosa, inspirada, intensa, en la que el cambia de punto de vista de la narrativa totalmente, viéndose a ratos como un perr ...more
Misti Rainwater-Lites
my favorite Miller book
woof! woof woof!
...am reading it again and loving it more than ever
...sublime! so many killer quotes!
Wendy Wax
The beginning was just okay but I'm giving it 5 stars to show how much I LOVED the rest of it.
Jeruen
Finally, I have finished reading the last book in Henry Miller's Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy. I guess by this time, I have a deeper understanding of Henry Miller, having read the whole trilogy, as well as the Tropics.

See, somehow, after reading this book, I don't have an enthusiastic opinion of Henry Miller as when I first read Tropic of Cancer. I used to like him. I used to like the idea that he mixed up fact and fiction, writing about his Bohemian life in Paris. But now, after reading the three
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Melting Uncle
The last and shortest volume of the Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy actually ended up feeling like the longest to me. I would rank this one around 3.25 out of 5. I really wanted to like it. There is not much plot to speak of, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the book ended up feeling very repetitive and monotonous since HM writes all the characters with basically the same voice i.e. his own. There are lots of times when other characters tell Henry how brilliant he is and how great of a writer h ...more
أحمد السويدي
ثلاثية هنري هذه رائعة حد الثمالة
حبه للإنسان ورقيه الفكري وكل سفاﻻته ونقده للمثاليات ... هو رائع فيها كلها
حين تقرأ لإنسان وتحسب أنك أنت الكاتب ..

نم بعمق
ahmed
مفيش اى تشويق فى الرواية غير حشو للاحداث دميم .. والشخصيات لم تستوفى حقها من تسليط الضوء عليها
.اول مرة اقرأله بس معايا كماان كتابين .. ربنا يستر وميكونوش زى دا .
Wael Mahmoud
Not as good as the first two parts. I don't know why i hate Mona, the feeling was there when she first appeared, here it was clear Mona has a bad influence on Miller. Not only in his life but even when he writes about her.

Only three remarkable parts deserve to be mentioned:

- Trying to get a job at Hobson and Hotbein where he met Jim.
- His discussion about literature in ch.16.
- The last chapter.

If we didn't know what's happened to Miller in his first years in Paris we would be dying to read about
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Arthur Hoyle
Miller hoped that with the completion of this book he would no longer need to be a writer, that he would have passed through his art into a higher form of life. This hoped for transformation did not occur, and Miller went into a depression. The book contains his poignant farewell to the promise of America that was never fulfilled for him. Miller considered Nexus to be the most sublime of all his books, and passages in it seem written by a man in state of ecstasy.
jason levins
Oct 24, 2007 jason levins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: students of henry
You know i love the guy, but plexus is a filling in of gaps like caulking a piece of swiss cheese. The cheese is good enough, keep the caulk out, even the air in the holes can be fragrant! The book follow henry and june through a period of time, they move about mooching off friends, and henry records and illustrates portrait after portrait of these people as if we care. This book is best used as a teaching tool to write good portraits if you ask me.
Yeliz
Honestly, though Miller uses beautiful language, his 300+ pages of cravings for the words to come out on a work of literature of his own was very tiresome to me. I can not say it is not good. I found the semi-autobiography to be very interesting indeed. However the repetitions (not of phrases, of the feelings he tries to put into words) and the over self-centeredness you fell about him make the book a hard one to read.
Aneleh Silloh
I've reached that point a couple of chapters off of the end, where I've slowed. Now the time passes thickly, Henry's hours turning into my days, as I am reluctant to finish. It is the prolonging of climax, desire for the end fading into a need to cling to the moment and not let it pass. I think this is the last of his books that I have not yet read, but I am not ready to accept that there will be no more.
Tina Saldiran
Wasn't my favorite of the 3. I have to say, the second book of the Rosy Cruxifiction was for me the best. I still don't get Miller completely - at times he's awful and other times he's just genius. I know this is how he writes - everything thrown in together and the button 'crazy spin' hit, and it has its own appeal but one thing I know it definitely is - demanding and exhausting!
keith koenigsberg
The best of the three in the Rosy Crucifixion series, after an interminable 100 pages or so of hemming and hawing abut how he was coping with his domestic situation (his wife was more in love with her girlfriend than with him) the book really gets rolling; some of Miller's best flights of fancy ever. He actually starts his life as a writer, and you get some feeling of forward motion.
La Mala (ahora un poco pipistrela)
ES la cosa mas rara pero , desde que empece a leer literatura con sexo explicito (empezando con DH Lawrence a los catorce años) , siempre mi idolo fue Henry MIller .

--Siempre me gusto mas Miller que Anais -

ESto es mucho mas que su reputacion ; no es solo erotismo explicito , va mas alla de su fama .
Alex Schmidt
This serves as the perfect mix of Tropics and Sexus/Plexus. And if anyone knows the life of Henry Miller this makes sense. I felt like I was in a different world when I was reading this. It's style was potent enough to permeate my life at the time.
robxyz
Ricordo la fatica di leggere, l'ostinazione di volerlo finire a tutti i costi, le imprecazioni contro Henry Miller, l'ammirazione per Henry Miller, nonostante tutto; un poco meglio del precedente "Plexus", ma comunque noioso, solo per milleriani convinti.
Sorin Hadârcă
Ce idee trăsnită - să bagi realitatea, bună și ne-bună, în trei volume de îndoieli, dezmăț, vagabondaj, promisiuni, speranțe, rateuri... Și totul pentru a descoperi în cele din urmă vocea lăuntrică, cea adevărată? Zău că merită!
Kristen
Apr 06, 2010 Kristen marked it as to-read
Shelves: fiction, own
Do I need to read this series in order??? Anybody know?

Because unless I happen to find the first two at the library used book sale for .50 cents (where I bought this one) I can't see spending money on them.
Michael
Nexus completes Miller's trilogy. At times, this book wanders a little. For the sake of completing the trilogy I powered through. Nexus definitely holds some gems that are worth finishing it to find.
Brendan
as with each book in "the rosy crucifixion," and pretty much all of henry miller's work, this book is fantastic, well worth reading, and henry miller still pretty much owns your face.
Nick
Not as good as Plexus or some others. Still great, but not as inspiring to be creative or ecstatic about life and friends in the face of poverty.
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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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