Nexus

Nexus

Book - 1987?
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Baker & Taylor
The final novel of Miller's frank, autobiographical trilogy continues to use burlesque, fantasy and dream to portray the life of a struggling writer in pre-World War I New York

Perseus Publishing
Nexus, the last book of Henry Miller's epic trilogy The Rosy Crucifixion, is widely considered to be one of the landmarks of American fiction. In it, Miller vividly recalls his many years as a down-and-out writer in New York City, his friends, mistresses, and the unusual circumstances of his eventful life.


Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [1987?], c1965
Description: 316 p. ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780802151780
0802151787
Branch Call Number: Mill

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jackseney Jun 17, 2015

See if you can get this straight: This final installment of Miller's "Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy" picks up from where "Sexus", the FIRST, left off. I've read pro-Miller critics saying that this book "restores the power" of the trilogy after Part Two, "Plexus," saw Miller on a leisurely writing stroll. I think the WHOLE THING is a leisurely writing stroll, one more meaningful in some places than others. "Nexus" is no exception, and readers are advised to proceed with tempered expectations if they've been subjected to the worship of Miller that goes on in some quarters. Here, as usual, he is by turns unintentionally hilarious (with lines like: "Rimbaud...or Oscar Wilde... And I, was I to add my name to this host of illustrious martyrs?") and sublime (he calls his writing "the maunderings of an idiot striving to record the erratic flight of a butterfly...Yet it was comforting to know that one could be as a butterfly"). The fact that these purple, then profound lines appear within a page of each other says something about Miller's hit-and-miss abilities. The "plot" here has to do with him finally learning to cope with his wife Mona and to commit to writing, and it's a toss-up whether individual readers will find such plots as interesting as Miller finds himself. But once one realizes that Miller's writing is essentially about his and others' egomania and their attempts to find enlightenment in spite of it, then one might decide that it is sometimes enjoyable and occasionally rewarding.

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dirtbag1
Aug 10, 2011

The third of a trilogy. Not easy reading. Relates the struggles of a writer at his 'craft'.These books will make you 'appreciate' his struggles because you will struggle to keep focused on his story that changes scenes, people, and ideas from page to page. Keep a dictionary handy. I'd love to have a knowledge of words like his. Tedious in many parts. I wonder if he was able to sponge in France as he so easily found it in America. Don't be on prescription medication when reading this. You will have complications. For anyone contemplating reading Henry Miller, I recommend you read a Coles Notes on his life beforehand. It will help understand his work....somewhat. Compared to what is being spewed out today and classified as writing this wouldn't be the worst out there.

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