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Nexus: The Rosy Crucifixion, Book 3 Paperback – 1965

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Book 3 of 3 in the Rosy Crucifixion Series

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From the Back Cover

'The Rosy Crucifixion may be Miller's masterpiece. It is an extended account of Miller's efforts to become a writer and relates his struggles, financial and spiritual, in detail. At the same time, it recreates the tone and texture of Miller's environment, and brings alive his varied cronies. Written in a relaxed, naturalistic American prose, the book is at times uproariously funny, especially when Miller pokes fun at himself.

About the Author

Henry Valentine Miller was born in New York City in 1891 and raised in Brooklyn. He lived in Europe, particularly Paris, Berlin, the south of France, and Greece; in New York; and in Beverly Glen, Big Sur, and Pacific Palisades, California where he died in 1980. He is also the author, among many other works, of "Tropic of Capricorn", the "Rosy Crucifixion" trilogy ("Sexus", "Plexus", "Nexus"), and "The Air-Conditioned Nightmare".
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press; 1st edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802151787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802151780
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What strikes me about the Rosy Crucifixion (and Nexus in particular) is that, even at its worst, it is unbelievably striking and poignant. Perhaps it is how human every aspect of this book is (down even to the flaws), it writhes and rears its head like the humanity that created it. Miller is, beyond anything, a man that is mired in the mass that constitutes this humanity and, from that vantage point, is a writer that creates pure genius.
Even though the book is loosely based around his tumultuous years with his wife (referred to as Mona in this trilogy) before leaving for Paris, the reader gets far more than that. Miller uses this concrete platform to churn out ideas on most anything else in existence. His writing is lucid, thought-provoking, and intelligent here, some of the best he has ever created.
Overall, a fantastic summation of the points articulated throughout the Rosy Crucifixion and Miller's own life. This is an absolutely amazing writer at his best, not to be missed!
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I owe Henry Miller a great debt. It was his writing, the way he combined sex and philosophy, that really got me into reading all sorts of different things. Now, 50 years later, I am still impressed by what he has written, and I'm still reading all sorts of different things. What we read becomes a part of us, helps define who we are, what we understand of others and of ourself. So what Henry Miller has written is a part of me and when I go back and reread various things he has written, that helps me remember who I am and that I am still continuing to become who I am.
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It is tough describing what is that keeps me so attached to this trilogy, specially this book where Miller describes his pain and his feelings in such a straightforward way. I believe it is his honesty and his bravery to say things one would never even dare to think of. Words come and go smoothly, an so my mind when I read this man. Helps opening up.
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Henry Miller has influenced me more than any other author ever did. I remember the first time I took to reading one of his books -- The Black Spring. I was only about fourteen -- it seems so long ago -- and, instantly, I was "hooked". There was simply no other writer in the past century that could combine words like Miller did. Eventually, I graduated to his more profound, challenging works, and The Rosy Crucifixion is one of them, Nexus in particular. The finest, most chalenging book in the trilogy, it is filled with not only Miller's so own mumbling, but with something much deeper -- philosophical contemplations on everything from the Western world we live in, to art, relationships, society and suffering. Suffering so typical in America, yet very few authors were able to achive its description as fine as Miller did. Along with The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, Nexus is the must read for any Miller fan. Immortalizing the one woman who made it possible for him to become "the" writer he is, is only a part of the story, enabling us to pull the thorn from our side and see the world with clearer eyes is the best gift he could have given us. Highly recommended, but please read the entire trilogy. Starting with book three would be like eating the cake first, without appreciating what went to the dough.
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SEXUS, the first volume of Miller's trilogy, is the most sexually explicit of all Miller's major works, pornographic descriptions of the hydralics involved in sexual trysts taking precedent over emotional states. PLEXUS, volume 2, is nearly without the sexual hi-jinks that figure so prominently in its predecessor. The first two-thirds of PLEXUS is vintage Miller, the work having affinity with TROPIC OF CAPRICORN, both containing the narrator's childhood and adolescent memories. Though PLEXUS goes somewhat awry in penultimate stages, the trilogy itself is revived by the Dostoyevskian opening of NEXUS, volume 3, featuring the menage of Mona, Stasia, and Henry. The book's lower depth senario a sort of homage paid by Miller to his Russian masters. The "Henry Miller" characterization that of a marginalized intellectual desperado--the underground man transposed from Russia to Brooklyn. NEXUS leads, in the fictional Millerite chronology, directly to the opening pages of TROPIC OF CANCER wherein the Miller persona evolves from "would-be" writer to literary artist. The Miller persona of the trilogy lives in a magical world among the reality of angels, soothsayers, seers, prophets, mad men and woman...Characters larger than life, like Kronski, the maniacal doctor; Stanley the Polish assassin; crazy Sheldon; Ulric, lascivious illustrator; Lola Jackson the mulatto sex-machine;Curley the punk; Osiecki the lice-phobic anarchist; MacGregor the disillusioned lawyer; O'Mara the scam-artist; Arthur Raymond, the mad piano genius...Read more ›
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Nexus is the final installment of Henry Miller's Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, which was published over the course of a decade (1949-59) in France (they were banned in the U.S. due to obscenity laws). It ends the series on a high note as the best of the three if only because for once Miller presents himself as less than the cock of the walk of his autobiographical hagiography.

Unlike the over-the-top pornography of Sexus or the bloated verbal wanderings of Plexus, Nexus is tight (shorter than either of the other two by a considerable length) and while not totally puritanical—Miller still drops a few f- and c-bombs to keep the censors interested—it (mostly) reins in the self-obsession. In fact, the Miller of Nexus is almost a totally different person from the Miller of Sexus and Plexus, an often self-doubting beta male who is pussy-whipped by his wife Mona (based on Miller's second wife June) and her live-in girlfriend/probable lover Stasia. The book chronicles the last stages of Miller's life in New York City in the late 1920s before he left to live in Paris (as chronicled in Tropic of Cancer).

Mona here becomes a truly fascinating character, supportive and bitchy by turns, and such a fabulist that one can never be sure what she's saying is the whole, partial or non-truth.The tight narrative includes a number of wonderful set pieces, particularly the chronicle of a Christmas Day Miller, Mona and Stasia spent with Miller's family.

Of course, since this is Miller's account of what happened, it must be read with a bit of caution as to total fidelity to facts but still, it's a highly readable chronicle of life in late-20s New York and Miller's adventures therein.
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