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Opus Pistorum

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,273 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
In 1941, Henry Miller, the author of Tropic of Cancer, was commissioned by a Los Angeles bookseller to write an erotic novel for a dollar a page. Under the Roofs of Paris (originally published as Opus Pistorum) is that book. Here one finds Miller’s characteristic candor, wit, self-mockery, and celebration of the good life. From Marcelle to Tania, to Alexandra, to Anna, and
Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 6th 1997 by La Musardine (first published 1936)
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Oct 13, 2008 Teree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I relished nearly every sentence of this bawdy handbook for the sexually unapologetic. If you finish it without wincing, you get a *handjob* for your reward. If you find it compulsively readable, the way I did, we ought to become friends.
Lynne King
Apr 22, 2013 Lynne King rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: henry-miller
As Henry Miller appears to be a "hot" subject at the moment with goodreads' reviewers, it made me check to see which books I have from this author.

I came across this book this morning and I see that I've never read it. This happens to me a lot. I purchase a book and I never get around to reading it as it gets overtaken by other books.

So I started to read this book as, when I purchased it in 2000, I had thought this was a book on erotica as I always loved the works by Anais Nin on this genre.

Apr 18, 2016 Sebastian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M-am distrat copios citind cartea asta.
Nenea Miller fabulează la greu, deşi am citit pe undeva că a introdus (pun intended :D ) şi chestii autobiografice pe ici, pe colo.
Felicitări traducătoarei pentru modul în care a reuşit să jongleze cu atîtea sinonime ale cuvintelor cu care se face sex în cartea asta.
Prefaţa şi avertismentul de la început explică foarte bine ce e cu cartea şi contextul scrierii ei. Vorbim totuşi de un scriitor cenzurat în America anilor '70 pentru... obscenitate.

M. Sarki
My guess is this book only took me a few years to finish reading, but to my surprise I finally did it. Page after page my head would spin continuously within his relating the countless sins of lords and masters and their man-driven sexual escapades. Miller offers porno as high art. I have never before heard mention the many different tags he uses for the organs, cuts, and appendages involved in sexual acts, my favorite being his word "figlet". I have viewed a few porn films in my time, but nothi ...more
May 19, 2008 Tom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently he wrote this one chapter at a time and sold them to a pornographer who compiled them into a full book. What can I say? It's just porn porn porn. He seems to try to find the raunchiest, most scandalous scenarios to write about. My roommate kept egging me on telling me it was leading somewhere so I kept reading. Apparently he was dicking me around because the story didn't go anywhere and I felt like I'd wasted my time reading it. There's plenty of better stuff out there to spend your t ...more
Max Nemtsov
Apr 15, 2015 Max Nemtsov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
Ну вот мы и дожили — зарабатываем на хлеб порнографией, хотя у Миллера это роман скорее политический, чем порнографический. Чистый секс — это же всегда политика. Зато интересно почувствовать себя Хенри Миллером, который где-то после первой трети, как хорошо видно, страшно заебался писать в избранном жанре и разбавляет текст разной занимательной хренью.
Но все недаром, да и привет из русской Маньчжурии здесь тоже имеется.
Shashi Martynova
По поводу этой книги у меня есть несколько соображений.

1. это не первый порнороман, который мне довелось читать, -- и не худший, скажем так. последний абзац, каким его предложил Миллер, роману совершенно необходим: он придает всему предыдущему какой-никакой смысл и звук. и все же мировая литература, на мой личный взгляд, обошлась бы без него, не икнув.

тем не менее,

2. такие книги имеет смысл читать, когда все описываемое для читателя -- не просто не теория, а изрядно пропыленная практика; в таком
Feb 07, 2008 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like pornography.
It is porn.
john nielsen boyack
Jul 06, 2011 john nielsen boyack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 16 and up
Recommended to john nielsen by: Roseanne Barr

I read an article during my freshman year of college, or perhaps even before, that the New York Times published about the English language's poor treatment/approach to sex, along with most authors' inability to land more squarely in the middle between too scientific or too corny. Struggling is not uncommon, for most, but Miller shows no sign of it.

This book is a struggle for most readers, I imagine. It's exhausting, in fact. Like many other reviews I read, it was my first erotica nove
Oct 24, 2007 Jer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
This is absolutely one of the most depraved and satirical book I have ever read. It almost approaches the level of debauchery achieved by the Marquis de Sade. The opening scene has to be one of the wildest things I have ever read, it is insane even for Miller. It's graphic nature notwithstanding, it has some extremely humorous moments and descriptions of events.
Feb 19, 2009 megh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dirtiest book I have read. Ever.
Jul 08, 2010 Cody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
content of book summed up in a single sentence: I may be a baby fucker, but who the Hell cares .... Snuggles is a damned fuckable baby.

there is no real plot to speak of, just page after page of women / girls / babies / midgets / satanists getting HONK HONKed in their dripping HONK HONKs. the word 'abricot-fendu' is thrown around liberally, in addition to synonyms 'fig' and 'figlet'. i read this next to some orthodox jewish guy on train and felt v. uncomfortable

one thing that i really admire (?)
May 09, 2010 Rosey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though many view this novel as obscene, I see it as a beautiful piece of art. Sometimes it's difficult to get through, the monologue during certain scenes drowns out the setting and when Alf zones back in I'm left thinking, "Wait. What's going on?"

The use of rape and pedophilia is prevalent, Miller doesn't hide this, nor his thoughts of disgust and piqued interest. He bears his character's soul and touches on taboo topics.

This novel isn't for everyone. There are violent scenes of rape, many leve
Una "novela" en que el 90% es descripción pornográfica "clínica" (Boris Vian dixit), un 5% de "por qué las mujeres son tan putas, hasta las lesbianas y los 'sarasas' son putas" y el otro 5% divague sobre cuestiones políticas y culturales del París de entre guerras.

Al principio me venía gustando, claro, por el shock y la novedad, pero realmente, 350 páginas del viejo in-out aburre. En definitiva este librito es un gran ejemplo para ver cómo se escribía sobre sexo cuando la pornografía tenía poten
Sep 28, 2015 Andreea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cand mi-a fost recomandata ca "roman erotic", nu asta am avut in minte. In timp ce o citeam nu puteam sa n-o compar cu Luni de fiere a lui Bruckner, care m-a dezgustat cam in aceeasi masura. Ce-i drept, am reusit s-o termin numai din ambitie, fiindca incerc sa ma lepad de obiceiul de a lasa carti neterminate.
Nu o recomand persoanelor care sunt usor de impresionat sau scarbit. Temele precum incestul, pedofilia sau alte fetisuri se regasesc in aproape fiecare pagina.
Ross Carroll
Jun 12, 2007 Ross Carroll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew Henry Miller was one of the greats of twentieth century American fiction so I thought I would give this one a go. I didn't realise it was completely smut! To be fair, it's extremely well written smut. But, my God, the sex scences (which is pretty much every scence - honestly!) make the ones in American Psycho look tame. Not really one for the train in the morning but a humorous and enjoyable read nonetheless.
Apr 05, 2014 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was my first Henry Miller book and it was the refreshing sense of reality that made me read all he ever published. Not my favorite Miller book, but I love it for introducing me to a fantastic writer and for being one of the first books that taught me how to read between the lines.
Tami (synchro from BL)
This was PWP with a lot of taboo.

I waited a long time for any kind of story line. Didn't happen.
The constant sex got boring after a while. And repetitive.
It was not badly written, but just not great either.
I didn't like the incest, rape and other taboo tropes he used.
May 16, 2015 Diana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
За първи път в книга (много условно наименование) на Хенри Милър литературата ми се разми, удави се в подгизналите от телесни течности страници. Вихреното слово и ведрия, жизнен смях от последната корица, както и Париж, също ги няма там. Тези 300 страници, безцелно натъпкани с инцести, -филии, преплетени и секретиращи в непрекъснати оргии тела, урина, косми, миризми и неизброими имена на органи можеха да се случат навсякъде, да имат произволно заглавие и всеки неначесан графоман за автор. Писани ...more
Apr 09, 2008 Dcardkjhs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I liked very much...but I'm not sure that I should admit that. It's a somewhat guilty pleasure. Henry Miller is one of my favorite authors, and this is not his best book, but it's arresting and memorable.
Apr 08, 2008 Darthdaddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is stated that Henry Miller was paid a dollar per page for this book, provided that he included some aspect pertaining to sex on every page.

For those whom have read this book (or others by said author), you know that he went far above and beyond that which was requested. This book is not for the easily offended or the faint of heart; it paints a vivid picture of the most hedonistic acts that can still be considered extreme and mind numbing to this day. Henry Miller has always been able to as
Crystal Doering
Apr 06, 2014 Crystal Doering rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the over the top sex stories. At times I couldn't believe I was reading it, but yet I could not put it down. It took me a very short time to read it. I would have given it 5 stars, but I was really disappointed with the ending. I don't want to give anything away but... I understand why the main character runs away at the end and I probably would have done the same thing in the same circumstance, so maybe it was just that I had a secret desire for the book to continue on or maybe I ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Pietro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chiamiamo vizi i divertimenti che non osiamo provare.

Tutti conoscono Miller per Tropico del Cancro o per la trilogia Sexus, Plexus, Nexus. Pochi hanno letto invece Opus pistorum (grazioso gioco di parole), in cui il grande scrittore americano si presta alla pornografia più pura, mantenendo però uno stile preciso e una visione del mondo e delle persone che ricorrerà nelle sue opere successive.
Non c'è una vera propria trama in questo Opus, bensì un vortice oscuro e ammiccante di incontri sessua
Aug 13, 2012 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Miller's wit and flow is apparent, this is not a good read. It was an endless "erotic" diatribe on the insatiable desire of women, and it drags on and on. Besides the horrific multi-page rape scene, the story was literally just an endless succession of silly and unrealistic sex scenes. While Miller is a great author, this isn't the book to waste time or money on. He wrote this for some rent money, and who can blame him? But in regards to oeuvre- a waste of time and paper.
Jun 28, 2009 aya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to aya by: i am the dealer m-i-s
this book gets really tedious and boring towards the middle, which is hard to believe since he's talking about double-timing midgets and banging mother-daughter teams. nevertheless, it gets old really quick. the beginning and end are interesting/good, the beginning in its ability to shock and the end is well-written. apparently, though, most of the book is ghost-written by Caresse Crosby, which might have something to do with why it's just mostly boring.
Nov 21, 2013 Beata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For better or worse, this book formed the core of my sexuality. I read it when I was 16, I remember not being able to put it down. It made me tremble with excitement. I'm an open-minded reader and so it was not offensive. I wanted to reread this book for many years now. Frankly I don't understand many low ratings the book got here. Why on earth would you read a pornographic novel by an eccentric writer if you can't take a bit of gang-banging...
lori mitchell
Jul 13, 2007 lori mitchell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: licentious folk
i cannot believe this book was first published in 1941. seriously this is henry miller at his most extreme. i could not read this book in public because my face was permanently blushed. it is very entertaining, that is for sure. don't use this book to introduce yourself to henry miller...i recommend his more autobiographical work first. i loved the bawdy miller i met in his "tropics" and continue to love him today. good stuff.
Mar 18, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opus Pistorium is also more raunch than art. I guess that since people were buying his novels (which were mailed in plain brown wrappers)to use as a sexual turn on, he decided to write for the market??? However, unlike Under the Roofs of Paris, it does achieve artistic success--in my humble opinion.
Escape Art
Jun 22, 2010 Escape Art rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm dropping this at the half way point. I wished I never had picked this up, since it's damaged my feelings for Miller. I'm just hoping he was exaggerating for the sake of erotic fiction? Does anyone know if these stories are true? Rape and Pedophilia are not smut btw. Damn it Henry.
Helena Duque
Jan 23, 2014 Helena Duque rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I like eroticss but I'm not a fan of porn books. And this Miller's is just about sex and dirty ways of doing it. I was hoping to see a society, a character and lots of love but I just was disgusted by somethings I read, like the inicial chapter that describes sex between a little girl who wants do fornicate her dad - I just was... "SO WRONG!". I couldn't even read some parts of it, so, I can't really say that I read this book.

Eu gosto de erotismo, mas eu não sou fã de livros pornográfic
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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.

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