Sexus (The Rosy Crucifixion, #1)

ISBN: 0802151809
ISBN 13: 9780802151803
By: Henry Miller

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Praise for Henry Miller: 'American literature begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.' Lawrence Durrell 'I regard Henry Miller as a master.' Colin MacInne Praise for 'Sexus': 'A huge, sprawling narrative of Miller's life in New York, "Sexus'"culminates in a description of an orgy as remarkable for its account of the author's powers of sexual endurance as for its versatility. Interspersed are descriptions of his friends, some of them extremely funny and all of them lively. The lack of inhibition and genteel or moral restraint with which Miller describes these various characters gives "Sexus" a unique vitality. Miler cannot be pompous, a rare virtue, and his honesty is absolute.' Spectator

Reader's Thoughts

Robert Ross

"It must have been a Thursday night when I met her for the first time --at the dance hall. I reported to work in the morning, after an hour or two's sleep, looking like a somnambulist. The day passed like a dream. After dinner I fell asleep on the couch and awoke full dressed about six the next morning. I felt thoroughly refreshed, pure at heart, and obsessed with one idea --to have her at any cost. Walking through the park I debated what sort of flowers to send with the book I had promised (Winesburg, Ohio). I was approaching my thirty-third year, the age of Christ crucified. A wholly new life lay before me, had I the courage to risk all. Actually there was nothing to risk: I was at the bottom rung of the ladder, a failure in every sense of the word."

Manu

Let's be honest, I was 15 and just a little bit obsessed by sex. Henry Miller's Sexus was by far the most explicit book available at our home, and i loved certain parts of it. I guess you know which ones. But still, 20 years later, I do remember Miller's talent for painfully honest descriptions of what is seldom written about, often with himself as the main charachter. The man knew no shame, and I'm convinced that he freed scores of people from the idea of being sexually deviant. Everybode has weird fantasies, and Miller had practically all of them. Just a shame that I never succeeded in reading what was between the chunks of literary porn. Perhaps I should try again, but I might get distracted... again.

Eugene Pustoshkin

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 sexual life. His philosophical insights are a gem too. Loved the book!

A. G.

"Ghompal 'Hindistan'da bir söz vardır' diye başladı insanı yıkan öykülerinden birine. Her duruma uygun bir öyküsü vardı Ghompal'ın. Korkunç hoşlanıyordum onlardan; kolay, kendi kendini açıklayan çözümlerdi, zararsız bir örtüye bürünmüş küçük gerçek hapları gibiydiler.""Eğilimlerini boğmakta direnirsen, sonunda bir balgam parçacı olursun. Sonunda seni tıkayan parçayı tükürürsün, ancak yıllar sonra anlarsın bunun balgam değil de kendi öz benliğin olduğunu.""Kesinlikle inanmadığım bir başka şey de çalışmak. Daha yaşamın eşiğinden beri, bir işte çalışmak ahmaklara vergi bir şeymiş gibi gelirdi bana. Yaratmanın tam karşıtıdır: Bir oyundur yaratma, kendinden başka bir raison d'etre'i olmadığı için de yaşamın en büyük yöneltici gücüdür. Tanrının, evreni kendine iş çıksın diye yarattığını söyleyen oldu mu hiç? Akıl-fikirle hiç ilgisi olmayan bir dizi koşul yüzünden ben de öbürlerine benzedim -köle oldum.""Toplumun bir üyesi olmayı bıraktığım, kendim olduğum zaman gerçekten işe yarar birşeyler almaya başlayacaktır dünya benden. Devlet, ulus, dünyanın birleşen lusları, dedelerinin yanlışlarını tekrarlayıp duran birşeyler yığını yalnızca.""Şimdiye kadar okuduğum bir tutam kitaptan gözlemlediğime göre, yaşamın iyice içinde olan kişiler, yaşamın ta kendisi olan kişiler, az yiyorlar, az uyuyorlar, ya pek az şeyleri oluyor, ya hiç bir şeyleri olmuyor. Görevmiş, hısım akrabalığın sürdürülmesiymiş, devletin korunmasıymış, böyle boş kavramlar yok kafalarında. Gerçekle ilgileniyorlar, yalnızca bir tek eylem tanıyorlar: Yaratmak. Yaptıkları işte kendilerine buyuranlar yok, çünkü yalnızca kendi verdikleri sözü yerine getiriyorlar. Tek gerçek verme yolu o olduğu için karşılık beklemeden veriyorlar. Çekici bulduğum yaşayış bu işte: bir anlamı var, dosdoğru bir anlamı. Yaşamın kendisi bu işte -çevremdekilerin taptıkları yanlış görüntüler değil.""Ruhun yeri, dışdünya ile içdünyanın birbirine dokunduğu noktadadır. Çünkü kimse, yalnız kendi oluyorsa aynı zamanda başkası da değilse kendini bilemez.""Sevdiklerimle yakınlarıma acı vermeyi içeriyordu özgürleşmem.""İnsanlar, dahinin sonu için endişe duyarlar her zaman. Ben hiç endişelenmedim dahi için: Deha, insandaki dehayi gözetir. Duyduğum endişe, bir hiç olan insan içindi hep. İtiş kakış arasinda yitip gitmiş, varlığı bile fark edilmeyecek kadar sıradan, her yerde görülen insanlar içindi... Dahi için en önemli şey, kendini işe yaramaz kılmaktır. Herkesin katıldığı akıntıya karışmak; bir ucube değil, bir balık olmaktır.""Yazmak eyleminin bana sağlayacağı tek yararın, beni öbür insanlardan ayıran şeyleri ortadan kaldırmak olduğu sonucuna vardım. Yabancı bir nesne, yaşamın akıntısından ayrı; onun dışında kalan bir nesne olmak istemiyordum kesinlikle.""Yazmak, diye düşünüyorum, iradeden yoksun bir eylem olmalı. söylenecek şey, derin okyanus akıntısı gibi kendiliğinden akıp çıkmalıdır yüze. Yanlış yaşamın biriktirdiği zehiri atmak için yazar insan. Masumluğunu yeniden elde etmeyeçalışır, oysa (yazarak) yapmayı başarabildiği tek şey, dünyayı kendi yanılgısının virüsüne karşı aşılamaktır. Hiç kimse kağıt üstüne tek sözcük dökmezdi, inandığı şeyi yaşamaya cesareti olsaydı. Daha kaynağındayken sapıyor esini. Yaratmak istediği, bir gerçeklik, güzellik ve büyü dünyasıysa niçin milyonlarca sözcük koyuyor bu dünyanın gerçeğiyle kendisi arasına? Öbür insanlar gibi üne, kuvvete ve başarıya kavuşmak için değilse, niçin erteliyor eyleme geçmeyi? 'Kitaplar insanoğlunun ölmüş eylemleridir' demiş Balzac. Gene de gerçeği görmüş olmasına karşılık, kendisini elde eden şeytana bile bile teslim etti meleği."

Ana Celia

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 know if my christian thinking and way to see life made me a wrong reader of this book or if it is really that bad, but the fact is that Sexus sucks!It is difficult to follow the line of thought and the sequences at Miller’s life. I could never tell who he is with and why he keeps changing women for he is definitely incapable of love and being faithful. He treats women like things at Sexus and keep going thinking he is some kind of great man.I got boring trying to keep up my mind with the dirty book. I gave up again. I know now this is definitely a book I will never finish reading. And all that I want to read was Nexus because I thought it would be a mix of literature and philosophy. I gave up ever trying to read it too.http://wordsideas.blog.com/2012/07/09...

Maha Alhasawi

عن دار ورد بترجمة خالد الجبيلي التطرف يفسد كل عمل فني ، وبهذا أُفسد هذا الكتاب وضاعت قيمته بين اختلافات النقاد حتى يومنا هذا ، هذا الكتاب مثله مثل أناشيد مالدورور اكتسب شهرته من شذوذه وتطرفه فقط ، لا يعني هذا ان الكتاب خالي القيمة ، ابدا ، ولو نُقح هذا وحذفت منه تلك المشاهد الجنسية المتكررة -والتي أما تصيب القارئ بالملل او بالقرف او بلا اثنين معا - لكان ذو قيمة أدبية عميقه ، لكن ميلر اثر التطرف و كتب عن الجنس لأجل الجنس أولا ثم استعرض نقده الاجتماعي ، قارنه بكونديرا مثلا تجد الفارق بين التوازن والتطرف فتجد كتب كونديرا عظيمة رغم تناولها مسألة الجنس ولا تبعث الملل إطلاقا ولا يختلف فيها كثير ، الفكرة ان ميلر كاتب عظيم لكنه غير ذكي -في هذا الكتاب بالذات - اتخذ طريقا طويله وطويلة جداً لإيصال فكرته عن الصبوات دونما طرق مختصرة او اثارة في اللغه او الأحداث .

Andrew

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 shies away from telling us of his more devious visions in order to create a more likeable personality for himself. He strips himself bare and includes his most bizarre sexual and primal impulses. Obviously there is a strong emphasis on the book's sexual proclivities as it was a pivotal moment in the deconstruction of our country's censorship laws, but Miller (I believe) is not trying to be overtly graphic in his sex writing merely to shock people so he can sell more books. In my opinion he includes the sex scenes in all their detailed glory because he wants to give them as much space in his writing as they exist in his world. Sex is a huge part of most people's lives, be it actually having sex or merely thinking about it. Miller was an especially amorous person, so a book about his life is going to contain a lot of sexual writing. Is this a sensational way to write a book? Damn right. But the beauty of Miller is that he couldn't give two shits. He is driven and unrepentant of any of his beliefs. He wasn't trying to start a revolution here, he was just writing the only way he could. And controversial subject matter aside, it's just worth reading for the poetic style of his prose which contains some of the most aesthetically beautiful sentences, forget content, that I have ever read. There are times I would read paragraphs out loud to myself just to hear the way they sounded coming off my tongue. So yeah, I like Henry Miller. He has won me over as a convert and I'm very excited to delve deeper into his other writings.

Matt

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....

Huda Yahya

تحذير: قد تكون هذه الرواية أكثر مجونًا من قدرتك على الاحتمالإن كنت ممن يمتعضون ويقلبون شفاههم عند قراءة صفحات إيروتيكية فلا تقرب من هنري ميللر‏لن تحبهوسينتهي بك الأمر لمراجعة متأففة ومصمصة شفاه بتحسر على الابتذال ( واحتمال معدتك الرهيفة توجعك)‏اللهم قد بلغت;;;;;;;;;;;أنا أحب هنري ميللرأحب شطحاته ومجونه ‏وطريقته الفجة في التعبيرأحب سطوره كثيرا وأحب ما هو قادر على صنعهفي صبوات ‏يعري هنري نفسه كما لم يفعل أحدإنه يكاشفك بتبجح وفي نفس الوقت يحمل في طيات كل جملة متبجحة عمقا لا يستهان بههنري يعرفك على الجانب الآخر من الحياة التي يمر بها الجميعولا يتحدثون عنهاإنه يصنع عالمه من أشد اللحظات واقعيةيعترف بلا خجلوبطريقة قدر ما قد تنفر البعض قدر ما سحرتني بصدقها الإنساني وجمال العبارة ومتعة السردهنري يقصد أن تكون عبارته جارحة ،، حادة ،، صادقةلا يتردد أبدًا في فضح نفسهولا أقصد بذلك من الناحية الجنسية فقطبل أتحدث عن نقاط ضعفه ،، عيوبه ،،ما يخجل معظم الناس من إعلانهوبالإضافة لذلك فهو يخبرك بين طيات السطور أنه قد يخدعك قد يكون أشد مجونًاأكثر ضعفًاأكثر انهزامًا أمام مغريات الحياةأنه ربما وبرغم كل هذه التعرية لم يقل كل شيء بعدومع كل ذلك يكتب روايته بإحكام ويحملها من العمق ما ليس بالهينولا يتوانى عن إثراء خيالك ودواخلك بتعبيراته المدهشة وسرده المميزأنا أحببت صبوات كثيرا ولازلت أؤجل قراءة الجزأين التاليين حتى يسمح مزاجي للجلوس مع ميللر والاستمتاع ‏بطريقته المجنونة والممتعة باختصارتجربة لا تُنسىهامش #تجدون الثلاثية بالعربية تحت إسم الصلب الوردي

Jared Zehm

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.

Wael Mahmoud

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 bohemian artist, still use the most remarkable language among American novelists. You can keep reading for many successive hours without felling boring except for the unnecessary porn scenes.The most remarkable parts in Sexus are :- When he tried to get rid of Maude by convincing her ex-lover to save her from him.- The party he arranged for his friends when he got the bonus.- His definition of creation and creativity.- How Melanie got into the book.- His dream of Una.- Kent Hamson's letter.- Finally the most beautiful parts i've ever read by Miller until now is the last 50 pages which starts with Cleo at Minsky brothers then the two deaths of Osmanli the Turk, and the end with Miller the dog and his woof! woof!.

Jared Busch

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. Sexus covers the period of Miller's life when he was trying very hard to BECOME a writer, that is, work up the nerve to actually write something. Plexus covers the period when he actually does and becomes an artist. So the shift from Sexus to Plexus can be seen as the shift from the carnal to the intellectual life. Of course, it's much more fun to figure it out by reading it. Sorry for the spoiler.

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 like what it is - a cocky, self-indulgent writer testing his audience and their limits, while pretending to be sly about it. Miller thinks that he's smarter than he really is, and is constantly making silly sexist comments and thinly veild misogynistic declarations about how women "really are" (and men, for that matter). He's a likeable asshole. This is a good read, an easy read, and between great sex scenes there are long philosophical rants that are beautiful and thought-provoking.

Amy

Henry Miller is one raunchy fella.

Splashconception

mad flights of surrealist language, excerises in anarchy, sex and the despair that first touches of the mad life that creates the artist. If you want to be a writer check this book out. All about Henry's tumultuous routines with June and his wife (before June, who he apparently despises) and a mad cast of characters including Kronski: the fat doctor.

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