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Sexus

(The Rosy Crucifixion #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,787 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Paperback, 506 pages
Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1949)
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Matt
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
As a no-holds-barred relic of the sleazy 1920s, this is an audacious text, marred by passages of sublime arrogance, outrageously boring prose soup, and inane porn scenes. Miller’s status as a provocateur is well-earned, his style a frenetic mash-up of Dostoevsky, Lawrence and Selby. Sexus is incoherent, meandering and shameless, but compelling and unavoidably stimulating.
Andrew
Jun 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Vit Babenco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I believe that the trilogy title The Rosy Crucifixion is a free interpretation of the mystical term Rosicrucianism – the Order of the Rosy Cross… Thus Henry Miller is a Rosicrucian and alchemist 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 wa
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Ana
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
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Rose
Oct 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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وائل 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
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Roman Clodia
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be able to give oneself wholly and completely is the greatest luxury that life affords. Real love only begins at this point of dissolution.

I've giving this 4 stars for the wild energy of Miller's vision and writing, and the iconoclastic way in which he challenged the 'rules' of fiction - but this comes with massive caveats about the casual racism ('now a Chink was different. Chinks were white slavers. But a Jap you could trust'), implicit homophobia ('he was a bit queer, wasn't he? Didn't
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Praj
Jun 28, 2010 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?

Th
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Meika
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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Eugene Pustoshkin
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is one of those rare books reading which transformed me.

Henry Miller’s capacity to offer raw phenomenology of experience is fascinating. He doesn’t attempt to portray himself as some sort of saint or a superhero. He basically describes social life in its nuanced ornaments, not loaded with superegoic impositions (meaning, you will find no puritanity in this book).

In the book Miller offers some of the most touching and vivid (and realistic, in my opinion) phenomenologies of contemporary sexua
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Ron Grunberg
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Laura-Anne Wright
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Edita
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: henry-miller
Why do lovely faces haunt us so? Do extraordinary flowers have evil roots?
Studying her morsel by morsel, feet, hands, hair, lips, ears, breasts, travelling from navel to mouth and from mouth to eyes, the woman I fell upon, clawed, bit, suffocated with kisses, the woman who had been Mara and was now Mona, who had been and would be other names, other persons, other assemblages of appendages, was no more accessible, penetrable, than a cool statue in a forgotten garden of a lost continent. At nine o
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Greg
Read in the 1970s. Unforgettable. I recall when it was recommended, that when the author submitted the manuscript, he told the publisher not to touch one word. Publish as it is or not at all.
The book has a palpable sense of place and time.
Michael Nurse
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Henry Miller is one raunchy fella.
AC
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this as a youth, of course - not today. But I think that people who want to 'get' Miller should read Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus - not the Tropics.
Stefan Calin
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A piece of transgressive fiction that draws upon Céline's 'Voyage au bout de la Nuit' to affirm a lust for life and love for sex like no other. While at first glance it may seem superficial or frivolous, drowning in its own sea of lustful scenes, there is depth to be discovered with each new reading. The trilogy constitutes a paradigmatic self-inquiry into the depth of the soul of a man forever in between being in love with everything and loving nothing at all.
Diego Fagundes
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“A great work of art, if it accomplishes anything, serves to remind us, or let us say to set us dreaming, of all that is fluid and intangible. Which is to say, the universe. It cannot be understood; it can only be accepted or rejected. If accepted we are revitalized; if rejected we are diminished.”

“Suddenly now and then someone comes awake, comes undone, as it were, from the meaningless glue in which we are stuck—the rigmarole which we call the everyday life and which is not life but a trancelik
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Jared Busch
Mar 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dirty devils
Some of Miller's most inspiring writing, I think. This is the kind of book you want to come with a highlighter so you can remember where those amazing passages are to quote again and again. That said, it's not for everybody, especially prudes. The gratuitious sex scenes almost turned me off from this book only for their sheer unbelievability and ridiculous frequency... but it all made sense in the end... or rather once I started reading Plexus, which contains absolutely NO sex scenes at all. Sex ...more
Randi Hope
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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Jared Zehm
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
José
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The life of a lunatic/hedonist/epicurist as he meets his new love-of-his-life. A semi-autobiographical work by Henry Miller. He masters narrative in a way that I have rarely seen, creating a story that is fantastic without breaking the limits of possibility.
Luís
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is an ode to Mara-Mona, that is to say to June, the second wife of the author, which he will celebrate many times in his work.
The first chapter opens in the dance hall where, the day before, the narrator has just met a hostess who sells his dances and his company to men alone. From there, Miller leads his reader in a round of characters which he has already made us admire individual samples. I will mention only one name - who does not need comment: the ineffable Kronski.
But Sexus is mainly an
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Ana Celia
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Richard O'Brien
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
keith koenigsberg
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A little Henry Miller in the summertime in New York always makes for great fun. Typical, not as good as Cancer, Capricorn or Black Spring, but it's all in the same vein and all very enjoyable. Henry spewing about his women, his friends, and mostly himself. The 30's New York City milieu alone makes it worth the time.
Axel Ainglish
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
We all are supposed to know about Henry Miller and his walkabouts with all kind of women. Here the main one I would say is the one personified as June. But there are so many, that one could think he should have been destined to be a pornstar kind of. This sexually hiperactive tall and slender author writes about a sort of underground America where, precisely because these people matter to nobody, they were allowed to do things nobody else's does. So, his stories all along this, during some time ...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, California. Miller's fir
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