Tropic of Cancer
by Henry Miller
Analysis: Steaminess Rating
Exactly how steamy is this story?
Yeah, you're gonna want some parental supervision for this one. Actually, maybe you shouldn't read this with your parents at all. Within pages, you'll be accosted with "cunts" and "pricks" and sex with prostitutes. Want an example? They're not tough to find. Here's one of the many passages that justifies an X rating:
What I'm getting at is that moment when, he says, he got down on his knees and with those two skinny fingers of his spread her cunt open. […] He gets down on his knees—get this!—and with his two fingers…just the tips of them, mind you…he opens the petals…squish-squish…just like that. A sticky little sound […] almost inaudible. Squish-squish! Jesus, I've been hearing it all night long! (8.78)