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Opus pistorum

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  1,029 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Il protagonista del romanzo con la collaborazione delle sue amichette si getta a capofitto nell'esperienza della sessualità come avventura da vivere senza risparmio di energie. Ne scaturisce il racconto di un mondo di felicità erotica intesa quale unica salvezza e via d'uscita per i disperati, i falliti che lo popolano.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 13th 1998 by Feltrinelli (first published 1936)
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Lynne King
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.

Look...more
Tom
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
Teree
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.
Jan
Feb 07, 2008 Jan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 16 and up
Recommended to john nielsen by: Roseanne Barr
Jouissance!

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...more
Jer
Oct 24, 2007 Jer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
megh
Dirtiest book I have read. Ever.
Ross Carroll
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.
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.
Dcardkjhs
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.
Cody
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 (?)...more
Darthdaddy
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...more
Rosey
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...more
Victoria
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.
aya
Jun 28, 2009 aya rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Tom
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
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
[ENG]
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.

[PT]
Eu gosto de erotismo, mas eu não sou fã de livros pornográfic...more
Karrie Hillis
Very very Provocative - took a long time to get through and parts were quite disturbing.
Crystal Doering
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
André Benjamim
Opus Pistorum, de Henry Miller, começa com epígrafe de Canterbury: «Drop your cocks and grab your socks»* E durante três centenas de páginas faz-se o contrário: tiram-se as meias e pega-se nas piças. Assim mesmo, para que ninguém comece equivocado a leitura deste livro. É preciso ter estômago para chegar ao fim, mesmo a quem nada impressiona. Muito se discute se é uma obra Literária ou Pornográfica, como se a Literatura tivesse que ser uma cândida virgenzinha.

Talvez Henry Miller não quisesse que...more
Justin
From what I read, this isn't his best. Sadly, I haven't had the chance to read anything else by the man yet. I didn't know about this "novel's" back story when I picked it up, but now I know he wrote it for a dollar a page when he needed money (and I'm seeing a rumor that he wrote it for some rich old pervert). So I'm not going to let this crap bias me against reading his other books.

It's a terrible book. Just fiendishly awful. Yes, it's dirty and obscene (rape, pedophilia, etc), but not in a pa...more
Finch
Sorry, I've read this book before, just gave it another read like a reminder. I'm just not okay w/ the 10-13 year old little girls. Yes, it's understandable that Miller wrote this book to make money & to help the owner of the book shop that was his friend. No doubt he can produce immaculate smut, but this is w/out doubt no more than trash. He insulted his talents by writing this book.
Tara
Nov 12, 2008 Tara rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: perverts
Recommended to Tara by: another pervert
I gave this book two stars not because I didn't enjoy it or because it offended me (which it didn't, but really should have, but because for a work of Henry Miller, I feel its level of literary merit was dubious. It had all the hallmarks of Miller: a rather dry wit, scathing observations, an utter and complete disregard for most women... but whereas Miller's other works are literature peppered with pornography, this books is, well, just straight porn. Page after page of it. Whoever paid Miller a...more
Tina
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.
Bernhard Riegler
Ein Kultwerk, eine Bibel! Ich kann dieses Buch wieder und wieder lesen - es reichen kleine Häppchen von 20, 30 Seiten - und man leuchtet wieder innerlich. Dieses Lebensgefühl, diese Freiheit von Zwängen und Verpflichtungen! Wann hat man sich zuletzt ein kleines Räuschchen an einem Werktagsnachmittag gegönnt? Neben hochkarätigster Erotik kommen auch Humor und tiefe philosophische Einsichten nicht zu kurz (alleine die Abhandlung über den Flamenco!). Erweitert den Horizont ungemein, gehört unter de...more
Tom
This is a book that was recently published (posthumously) and is more pornography than the wonderful sexually inundated prose that makes up most of Miller's work. Supposedly, it was authenticated by family and friends. The story is that he wrote it at the request of some rich Hollywood producer(for said gentleman's private titillation) and that he only made two copies.

Perhaps his estate needed money. In any case, Under the Roofs of Paris is unworthy of the author who is now considered one of the...more
M. Sarki
Oct 30, 2012 M. Sarki marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I read a few pages the other day before heading north to my shack in the woods and will get back to this book as soon as I arrive back home to Louisville next month. I am sure the pages are still smoldering on my end table. Miller offers up porno as high art. I have never before heard mention all the different names he uses for the main organs involved in heterosexual acts, my favorite so far being the "figlet". I have seen a few porn films in my time here on Earth, but nothing compares to this...more
Tim
Miller sold this title at a dollar a page to an adult book store in California.
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