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Although some of them are a little too drug induced Naked Lunch for example , I still found them enjoyable. If you are a fan of Burroughs works this is a must have. I found this and Junky to be some of Burroughs easier reads. Interestingly enough, Burroughs did a reading of The Priest They Called him with Kurt Cobain supplying basically feedback as a background noise back in the day.
I am glad I own that CD as it is one of my favorites from Burroughs and they are both now dead. Just remember one thing going into this, it's not an actual novel. The stories don't connect and not all of them are finished. Highly recommend for the Burroughs fan that does not have the time to tackle a challenging novel.
Bizzare short stories that could only come from Burroughs unique mind. Short glimpses into the surreal and fascinating underbelly of a carnal circus of oddities.
Poetic delivery and stunning reflection sneaks into the vulgarness in the best possible way. Surreal and enjoyable. A Novel".
First of all this is a nowadays rarely seen cut-up collaboration between Brion Gysin and William S. Burroughs, not to be confused with the later Burroughs publication "Exterminator! This volume; The Exterminator, is a mixture of fiction, essay and poetry. This publication contains some of the wildest forgotten poety Burroughs never got full acknowledge for.
If you are familliar with the works of Burroughs or Gysin, this is an exiting experience, but if you're not, well One person found this helpful. Had never read burroughs before this and now hes one of my favourites. Burroughs book. The "A Novel" of the title must surely be ironic, because the book is not in any recognizable sense a novel.
It is a collection of largely unconnected sketches and scenes. Not every section is a masterpiece, but several are among the most surreal and brilliant things that Burroughs ever wrote. And for anyone who has not previously read any Burroughs, it is a brilliant introduction. Although by and large the various parts are unconnected, several are focused on the Democratic convention in Chicago. In particular, the amazingly creative and hysterically funny "The Coming of the Purple Better One" takes that as its locale.
The "Purple Better One" of the title refers to a baboon that is placed upon the convention podium, and upon whose face is superimposed the face of a white Southern, racist politician, whose recorded speech is then played.
It is one of the more bizarre, brilliant, and absurd scenes in recent American literature. Like many people, I first heard about William S. Burroughs by way of "Naked Lunch. Saying it that way probably makes my opinion of the book sound worse than it really is, but I stand by it. The problems with this book mainly relate to the lack of thematic consistency between sections.
This might sound like a rather absurd criticism of Burroughs after all, some would argue the whole point of his work in general goes against holistic consistency but I intend to qualify what I mean.
In "Naked Lunch," for example, most vignettes relate at least superficially to the notion of control and how it can be abused. That's the reason why the "cut-up" method of "Naked Lunch" worked so well and why the cut-up method of "Exterminator! As I finished this book, I was left with a feeling of profound dissatisfaction: there are some truly brilliant moments in this book "From Here To Eternity," "Wind Die. You Die. We Die. There is a true lack of artistic focus here that hinders Burroughs's words more than any obscene content which, arguably, abounds in "Exterminator!
I could conceivably recommend this book to die-hard Burroughs fans owing to the aforementioned sections and those like them but casual readers need not apply. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. Good read. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
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