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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 ...more
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Published 1978 by Grove Press (first published 1949)
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Sep 04, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an artist, blah blah blah blah blah, I have promiscuous sex, blah blah blah blah blah, my wife is a lesbian, blah blah blah blah blah, I just got some genital warts, blah blah blah blah blah, banged my wife's lesbian lover, blah blah blah blah blah, I'm a poet, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah....
MJ Nicholls
Jesus. Just Jesus. Jesus wept.

I think that’s enough review in itself, but I have to spill a little about Miller. Someone on the internets told me I wrote like Miller three moons ago, and having finished Sexus, I want to hunt them down and gore them. First things first: I don’t write pornographic scenes with a vaginal fixation every twenty or so pages where the women have nineteen orgasms and beg to be pronged upon the narrator’s almighty winkle. Well, not anymore.

Second: I don’t philosophise a
Jun 30, 2007 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: intellectual rebels
This is such a difficult book to write about because it's so expansive and so forthright in its world view. This is my first foray into Henry Miller and lets just say that it has truly altered my perceptions, and affected my world view. Miller is a nutjob, and often times you can't help but loathe his actions and are revolted by his way of thinking, but this is where he succeeds and makes his strongest victories. Miller's writing is the most confessional personal essay one can imagine. He never ...more
Henry Miller is nothing short of a favorite writer of mine, after just one book. I feel like I discovered a whole new universe between his pages. I feel like I’ve been let in a secret club of people who can feel so deeply that their hearts beat in the spine of the book, who can be filled with so much of anything that their blood oozes in the spaces between letters. To say that I like his writing is an understatement – I fell in love with it.

This semi - autobiographical work is, in itself, very
Oct 27, 2010 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller always writes with a surge of life being pushed through his pen. His stories, countless stories, always with another point of view - at one moment, as an all-knowing superior man, and the next, as a good-for-nothing, useless piece of garbage that's floating about the air. He's all too ready to express his truth, even when it doesn't serve him favorably. Who can't relate?
Sex is part of life. The view that Henry Miller is attempting to show himself off as some kind of Casanova has nev
Aug 31, 2010 Praj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hm
Henry Miller quotes,"Whatever I do is done out of sheer joy; I drop my fruits like a ripe tree. What the general reader or the critic makes of them is not my concern."

Maintaining Henry’s charm; let the perversity surge.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am Henry Miller and I’m in a gratifying allegiance with my penis. I LOVE TO FUCK!!! Screw every pussy in town!! YooHoo!! My ex-wife is a lesbian! Yay!! I fucked my wife’s lesbian lover; for years! Whoa! Aren’t I an uncouth, sordid dirty little bastard?

عبدالله ناصر

ما الذي يمكن قوله في كتاب عنوانه اللاتيني يعني " الجنس " !
هذا الكتاب كان ممنوعاً في أمريكا بلد الكاتب نفسه . و قد أحدث صدمة كبيرة استاء منها هنري قائلاً ما هذا الرياء ! لماذا يرفض الناس قراءة ما يقولون و يفعلون ! يقول أنه ليس مهووس بالجنس على عكس العالم ! يؤكد في حواراته أنه ضد الإباحية و مع الفسوق فالأخير صريح على عكس الأول ! و بما أن الجنس جزء أساسي من الحياة فلن يتورع عن كتابته بكل فحش ! الكلمة الأخيرة محببة لهنري .

الكتاب هو الجزء الأول من ثلاثيته التي يتناول فيها سيرته الروائية لا الذاتية !
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

" لا توجد عاهرة ذكية ! إن عهر الجسد دليل على ضعف الذكاء "
من حِكم هنري ميلر المثير للقلق النفسي

هذا الكتاب ليس آمنًا لأصحاب القلوب الضعيفة ممن يعتبرون بطيش نظرًا لحداثة السن و التجربتان الحياتية والقرائية أن الأدب وسيلة إمتطاء لخيال جنسي سويّ أو تحرير و أعادة إحياء لما تكبته السنون في الإنسان من ناحية الجنس ،،

هذا كتاب للتحدي ،، تتحدى قدرتك على الإحتمال و تحاول أن تتوازن فكريًا و تعطي التقييم المناسب و أنت تخطو بحذر فوق مجزرة هنري ميلر الجنسية هذه بين علاقته الموشكة على الإنفصال بزوجته و بين عشي
وائل عبد المنعم
I intended to give it 3 stars but because of the last 2 chapters - almost 50 pages - i decided that it deserve the 4 stars.

The big difference between "Sexus" and his first two gems "Tropic of Cancer" and "Tropic of Capricorn" is that here there's a lot of sex without any aesthetic or artistic purposes. Also many times i feel he constrained the events and encounters with other characters. his ordinary nonsense about life and women reach another high limit.

He still got the great talent of a bohemi
Apr 20, 2011 Sahar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صبوات أو سكسوس هي أول الكتب في "ثلاثية الصلب الوردي " والتي تصنف كونها سيرة ذاتية لهنري ميلر

ميلر من الرواة القلّه الذين يمتلكون دقة الوصف وقوة التعبير حتى لكأن المشاهد تصوّر أمامك في فيلم طويل .. وطويل جداً .. وهذا ما قد يعيبه .. إذ أن إيقاع الملل يستبد بك حين وتتمكن أنت منه حيناً آخر

يحكي الجزء الأول معاناة فشل زواجه وطريقه في الوقوع بحب امرأة أحلامه التي كانت "عاهره" .. وصراع الكبار في وظيفته الصغيره

هي بالتأكيد كحياة أي كاتب آخر .. ولكنك ستعشق الكثير من الاقتباسات التي لن تراها إلا تجسّد حال
Nov 10, 2015 Wafa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
صَبَــــــوات هنري ميللر

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Henry Miller by Kalman Aron

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هنري ميللر هو أحد هؤلاء الملعونين الذين يفرغون أدمغتهم بكل ماتحمله من رصاص في وجهك مباشرة ودون تمويه أو تلون .. هنري ميللر هذا الرجل المجنون يخبرك عن صبواته لا في جلسة سرية معه في مقهى معتم يشغل الموسيقا بصوت مرتفع يمنعك من التركيز فيما يقوله من يرافقك، بل يخبرك بهذه الصبوات بكل تفاصيلها في جلسة علنية وبأعلى صوت يمكن لإنسان أن يجهر به .. هل الصبوات هي ما سيهمك عندما تقرأ هذا الكتاب؟؟ قطعا لا فهنا سترى فلسفة لطالما علمت أن هناك من يحملونها لكنك ل
Vit Babenco
Mar 14, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe that the trilogy title The Rosy Crucifixion is a free interpretation of the mystical term Rosicrucianism… And Henry Miller is a Rosicrucian of passion and the name of the novel Sexus wholly expresses the contents of the book.
“The best thing about writing is not the actual labor of putting word against word, brick upon brick, but the preliminaries, the spade work, which is done in silence, under any circumstances, in dream as well as in the waking state. In short, the period of gestatio
John Miller
Jun 02, 2015 John Miller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Embarrassing. Miller would have better kept this book a secret. Clearly he has a handle on his metaphors, but at the end of the day the book is so directionless and silly that I felt I might as well be reading someone's diary. The man's got a good memory for conversation, but just reading his prose makes me want to put the book down in the same way that conversing with a particularly scummy womanizer makes me want to leave the room and go puke.

Was there anything good about this book? Certainly.
Ana Celia
I tried to finish reading Sexus this weekend, but I just can’t. I wish I could erase it, that I could go back and get the time I spent back. I first took it to read four or five years ago and gave up. I decided to try again thinking maybe I was not ready to read a Miller’s book. I was wrong. I don’t know what category I can put this book. It tries to be a philosophical book like Brothers Karamazov, but all the caracter has to make philosophy is his sexual adventures or lack of good life.

I don’t
Randi Hope
I have to admit, I read every Henry Miller book when I was in High School, that was a long time ago.

If you want to liberate your repressed sexual appetite- read these books. Although, having done that already, his books seem to be redundant. Sexus seemed to be part of a series of books which are all of HM's books. This book, like many others, describes his sexual escapades, affairs with married women, his incessant mooching and irresponsibility- however, if you are even a little repressed, his
Jared Zehm
Apr 01, 2013 Jared Zehm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First in the "Rosy Crucifixion" trilogy ~ I can't help but love Henry Miller. He's so full of life. His books get a lot of attention for the sexual content but they are also balanced for love of life's other treats as well. Love of people, love of food, love of life itself ~ although he seems to have a strong hate for the "everyday man's" work and a love-hate relationship with New York ~ I plan on reading as much Miller as I can.
Mar 04, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry Miller is one raunchy fella.
Nov 08, 2015 Izabela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Nurse
Sep 18, 2012 Michael Nurse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book the first I read it. It is a confessional poured out of a spittoon full of of piss, bile, semen, angst, blood, guts and ego. The moments when he meets June Mansfield Smith, Mona, Mara whatever are sublime. The trajectory downward into self humiliation, self deception and utter depravity are rivetting. This is warts and all story telling of one mans defeat in everything he was puruing in life but he continues to spit out his philosophical arguments and his world view at the very ...more
Ron Grunberg
Feb 03, 2008 Ron Grunberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I mention my thoughts here, though I could pick virtually any Henry book. I've read most of them, often a number of times. These books are totally unique, reveries, presentations of how man might live if he only had the notion and carried through on it. These books stand in total juxtaposition to the mind-conditioned state of society. They are free rambles, though carefully plotted and written! They discuss and elaborate on all man's ideas and dreams, crazy actions and adventures--both in real l ...more
أحمد شاكر
رائع أيها الهنري الداعر.
الجنس هو قالب ميللر الذي يصب فيه فلسفته ورؤيته الفنية للحياة والنفس. ومع التفاصيل الغير عادية لحياته الجنسية التي يذكرها، أجدني غير مبال بالقائلين: هل هذا مقبول أو غير مقبول، لأن ما يذكره، ويحكيه عن حياته وتلك الحقبة الزمنية من عمر أمريكا، هنا يجعلني أتجاوز تلك النقطة، بلا مبالاة تامة..
طبعا، سأستريح، أو بالأحري سآخذ هدنة قبل أن أشرع في المتابعة مع الجزء الثاني من ثلاثيته العجائبية: الصلب الوردي..
Laura-anne Wright
The work of Henry miller is in my opinion unsurpassed for opening up a new way of looking at literature. His broad in your face style masks the deeper underlying wants and desires of the human psyche. His wife June wanted Dostoyevsky but Miller could only write as Miller. He remains one of my favorites till this day...the rogue, brash arbiter of American expat writing.
وليد الشايجي
هنري يظهر للناس نفسه .. بكل سفاله و طيبه، بكل بساطه وعفويه. تحدث ميلر في هذا العمل باجزائة عن نفسه وعن مجتمعه في اهم حقبه من حقب المجتمع الامريكي
Read this as a youth, of course - not today. But I think that people who want to 'get' Miller should read Sexus, Pexus, and Nlexus - not the Tropics.
هذا العمل هو خليط من السيرة الذاتية والفلسفة والرواية وهو عمل صادم لاقصى حد حيث الجنس الصريح غالب فى النص الادبى فميللر كاتب صريح لايخفى شيئا من افكاره او علاقاته الغريبة بزوجته ثم طليقته او حبيبته مونا او حتى زوجات اصدقائه المقربين وهو يمثل الجزء الاول من ثلاثية طويلة عرفت باسم" ثلاثية الصلب الوردى"..

الرواية يصعب تصنيفها فهى تبعد عن الايروسية والايروتيكية بل تصل الى البورنوغرافيا مع الترجمة الامينة والتى اختارت الالفاظ المستخدمة عند اغلب الفئات الشعبية فى وصف العملية الجنسية فلم تستخدم الفاظ م
Richard O'Brien
Jul 13, 2014 Richard O'Brien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You love Miller or you hate him. In my twenties, I was enamored with the Tropics. As far as this book goes, some morsels but hardly enough to sustain one's appetite. Forgetting Miller's position on women for the moment, I am now in my forties and I feel like Miller dabbled in ultimate truths, but never delivered. Also, this is not the kind of novel where one should look to the characters as any source of inspiration or even search for a moment of self-discovery in them. Flawed and scornful as we ...more
Kristen Shaw
Mar 02, 2010 Kristen Shaw rated it liked it
It's amazing how predictable the early postmodern aesthetic has become. Sexus reminds me a lot of a pared-down and more accesible version of Beautiful Losers. There are similar themes running through both: sex and the divinity of the body, direct experience taking precedent over intellectualism, the role of the writer in history/as a story-teller, etc. What is funny about this book (and something that also irks me a little bit) is the Bataille-like, self-consciously trangressive tone that reads ...more
Dec 23, 2007 Meika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not for the faint of heart
I bought this book as a souvenir for a trip to New York - it seemed more relevant and memorable than picking up one of those $5 I *heart* NY t-shirts peddled at every tourist stop and street stand in the city.
I knew what i was getting myself into, having read portions of the diary of Anais Nin... and Mr. Miller did not disappoint. I'm still reeling from everything that's in the book, most of which i feel was lost on me. But if you read with a certain amount of surrender, not unlike that require
L.C. Lavado
BEST book EVER!!!!
Terminar de leer Sexus de Henry Miller fue una "crucifixión" realmente. Las escenas sexuales quizás lo más comentado acerca del libro no llamaron mi atención, quizás por el hecho de leerlo en una época donde el sexo y la pornografía instantánea pueblan los medios haciendo que la fuerza reveladora que originalmente tuvo el libro quede empañada. Mi lectura no fue por ese aspecto particular como podría sugerir el título del libro, más bien lo hice por la interrogante de saber los inicios del Miller ...more
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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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