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  • Title: Naked Lunch
  • Author: William S. Burroughs James Grauerholz BarryMiles
  • ISBN: 9780802140180
  • Page: 462
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  • Naked Lunch sometimes The Naked Lunch is a novel by William S Burroughs originally published in 1959 The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to TangierNaked Lunch sometimes The Naked Lunch is a novel by William S Burroughs originally published in 1959 The book is structured as a series of loosely connected vignettes Burroughs stated that the chapters are intended to be read in any order The reader follows the narration of junkie William Lee, who takes on various aliases, from the US to Mexico, eventually to Tangier and the dreamlike Interzone The vignettes which Burroughs called routines are drawn from Burroughs own experience in these places, and his addiction to drugs heroin, morphine, and while in Tangier, Majoun a strong marijuana confection as well as a German opioid, brand name Eukodol, of which he wrote frequently.The novel was included in Time magazine s 100 Best English language Novels from 1923 to 2005 In 1991, David Cronenberg released a film of the same name based upon the novel and other Burroughs writings.

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    1. William S. Burroughs James Grauerholz BarryMiles

      William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences He also collaborated on projects and recordings with numerous performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.He was born to a wealthy family in St Louis, Missouri, grandson of the inventor and founder of the Burroughs Corporation, William Seward Burroughs I, and nephew of public relations manager Ivy Lee Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence He left home in 1932 to attend Harvard University, studied English, and anthropology as a postgraduate, and later attended medical school in Vienna After being turned down by the Office of Strategic Services and U.S Navy in 1942 to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs In 1943 while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, the mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.Much of Burroughs s work is semi autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American and Tangier in Morocco Finding success with his confessional first novel, Junkie 1953 , Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Lunch 1959 , a controversy fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S sodomy laws With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy 1961 64 In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France Jack Kerouac called Burroughs the greatest satirical writer since Jonathan Swift , a reputation he owes to his lifelong subversion of the moral, political and economic systems of modern American society, articulated in often darkly humorous sardonicism J G Ballard considered Burroughs to be the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War , while Norman Mailer declared him the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius.Burroughs had one child, William Seward Burroughs III 1947 1981 , with his second wife Joan Vollmer Vollmer died in 1951 in Mexico City Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings Burroughs died at his home in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in 1997.

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    1. The title means exactly what the words say NAKED lunch a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of the fork The book title was suggested by Jack Kerouac.If not for the intervention of William S Burroughs friends, Naked Lunch would have never seen the light of day Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac decided to visit Burroughs in Tangiers and see if they could salvage any of the fragmented writing that had been dripping from the mind of Burroughs while he was nursing addi [...]

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    3. WARNING nasty language ahead, including the use of some of my favorite phrases from the novel these include such choice nuggets as mugwump jism and to turn a massacre into a sex orgy and a bubbly thick stagnant sound, a sound you could smell and the subject will come at his whistle, shit on the floor if he but say Open Sesame anyway,I ll be honest, mugwump jism, it took me a while to get into Naked Lunch, to turn a massacre into a sex orgy Three attempts, to be exact, a bubbly thick stagnant sou [...]

    4. So, basically, the meaningless drivel of the very first circuit boi Seriously Maybe I would have liked it better if I weren t already sick to death of all the hallucinatory narratives this book spawned This is a structure that needed to be created only once to get the bastard over with and properly buried.Drug narratives are always only autobiographies obsessed with the author s secret obscene wishes and inevitably Neanderthal politics They are the literary equivalent of a frotteur on the subway [...]

    5. This book is beautiful in a sick grotesque wild hilarious creative mind bending outlandish drug filled dirty brave kind of way If I could use one word to describe it, it would be bizarre although hilarious and important could work, too In Naked Lunch you are taken into the mind of William S Burroughs a twisted, drug addicted man, who also happens to be genius When considering its content, it s no wonder Naked Lunch was banned and railed against when it was first released it s also no surprise th [...]

    6. The flaw of the 5 star rating system is in trying figure out whether you should award stars based on how much you liked a book, or based on how good you think a book is These two criteria are often distinct from each other, and Naked Lunch, at least for me, is a perfect example of this I think that Naked Lunch is a brilliant book, an that Burroughs is one of our century s great literary geniuses So, that makes it a five star book But did I enjoy reading it Sometimes very much, sometimes not at a [...]

    7. Oh boy One part of me wants to throw this novel away because some parts are written like a 15 year old s first foray into erotic fanfiction while another part of me wants to hail this as a masterpiece of filth that would make John Waters sick So I m going to settle in the middle There are some parts of this novel that made me go what the actual fuck but I like that I like it when literally every boundary is pushed as far as it can go The prose is nonsensical and disorientating which is probably [...]

    8. I made it just a little bit past the passage mentioning Steely Dan the dildo actually, it s three generations of dildos all thriving under the Steely Dan name And then, at the request of my old man who was sick of hearing me complain and puzzle over this book, I put it down for good I don t like to leave books unfinished, but a girl can only swallow so many reiterations of the same tired orgiastic death by hanging scenario before she puts her foot down and says NO MORE I almost liked the book fo [...]

    9. A merry go round of grotesqueries infinite pain The life of the junky means nothing and so the experience is circular a self or is it punishment, an act of extreme nihilism this is a cry from the very depths of hell, and the last time I checked the most successful account of it was by a man named Dante Alighieri.Burroughs out writes those terribly true duds of literary fame, mainly Henry Miller, Kerouac, et al This is incendiary, fantastic, simply put, a bonafide WORK OF ART In my mind On the Ro [...]

    10. I ve just seen that there is a David Cronenburg film of this book It s the perfect pairing The only other person who could have filmed this is perhaps John Waters, and he s maybe a bit friendly.If you ve read the book and ever watched a Cronenburg film, you re eyes just bugged out and jaw dropped at the idea of it, right If not, why not Explain The book is sparklingly brilliant, awful, nasty, wicked and beautiful The work of a genius There are a lot of good reviews out there, I m not up to it Bu [...]

    11. Ugh I m sure this is very brilliant and all, but it s extremely unpleasant to read Physically repulsive, it s enough to scare anyone away from heroin, and yet, in some ways, it glorifies the experience in a self indulgent way Mind you, the book has no plot, and is just one drug induced hallucination after another It gets pretty boring after a while Even extreme disgust gets old after about 50 pages You re so numb after a few pages that Burrough s attempts to get nastier and nastier and shock an [...]

    12. Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs is a corrosive mash up of Hunter S Thompson, George Carlin and a hoarse whisper of Jim Morrison, and the good doctor Thompson no doubt kept a volume of Burroughs on his desk between the dictionary and the thesaurus Wake up Charles Bukowski at noon, scrape him off the floor of an Oakland flophouse, feed him, sober him cold, clean him up with a shower and shave and tailor a nice suit around him and you APPROACH the simmering rage of Burroughs, the feral, haunted [...]

    13. This was freakishly amazing, simultaneously making me wish I was on a full H binge with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Infinite Jest, and a whole slew of Stephen King books to cap off this horrific tome of pure poetry.1959 And still absolutely harrowing today.I thought movies like Requiem For A Dream or tv shows like The Wire were the most absolutely effective anti drug memoir ever created by richly immersing us in the addict s life but no Naked Lunch tips the reader right off a cliff into the [...]

    14. This book is not easy to read if your idea of reading is that it has a linear plot, characters that are either good, bad or somewhere in between, spirit uplifting narratives and dialogues and inspiring theme.This book has none of those Yet, this is one of the best written books that I ve ever read Reading this was just a different experience you don t know where Burroughs would take you every time you lift the page, you don t know who would appear as the characters and what they would say or do, [...]

    15. Glenn R Speak to us straight about your Lunch that s bareTwisted, dirty and anything but fair.Your words like needles sticking in our veinsAs you write of dopefiends, coke bugs and dames William B Rube, the word we use in this world is junkYou ll hear straight without funny stuff or funk.Read the damn book I have nothing to addFor embellishing perfection has never been a fad.This is a one of a kind novel I ll be posting a review in the next week Couldn t help myself with the rhyming couplets si [...]

    16. I d love to rate this one higher, but however groundbreaking it was at the time, I always felt that Burroughs went on to produce much better books Just like Kerouac had stronger stuff than On the Road, so too did WSB in comparison to this.It still has one of the most apt titles ever Contrary to what the small minded prudes who brought the obscenity case against it assumed, this book has nothing to do with some lewd midday meal Naked Truth might ve been a better title, if it weren t such a meanin [...]

    17. What can you say about Uncle Bill that hasn t already been said I know that there was an obscenity trial over this book back in the day, but it still amazes me that he wasn t killed by an angry mob in the streets Remember this was published in an America that didn t allow married couples on television shows to sleep in the same bed or use the word pregnant The text is obviously extremely disturbing Make no mistake, reading this book is an endurance test If you make it through you will feel like [...]

    18. This book needs plenty of warnings on the front Possibly drive you crazy and scar you for life He goes to the edge and over full laden with drugs, profanity, sex, grossness and sadism I think he has gone a bit too extreme, it seems that was his purpose to hit a nerve and cause revulsion in the reader.

    19. Dif cil, muy dif cil decir algo sobre esta obra Desde un punto de vista se puede decir que es un c ctel de locura, droga y sexo, pero, como dice la sinopsis, Burroughs dispara contra las religiones, el ej rcito, la universidad, la sexualidad, la justicia corrupta, los traficantes tramposos, el colonialismo, la burocracia y la psiquiatr a Todo esto, claro, como una bomba sin sentido de miseria humana La nica parte l cida de esta obra, la encontramos al inicio y al final de esta, y esta no deja de [...]

    20. A love hate relationshipI m thinking about it still, at least overnight God, I hope this doesn t intrude on my dreamsAs far as I can tell, Naked Lunch is a series of drug related or induced experiences My thoughts at the beginning of this book were variations of I hate this Why am I reading this Around page 40 50, I realized that I was trapped I kept putting the book down but would pick it up rather quickly thereafter out of curiosity Creepy, trippy, and unnecessary, the words sucked me in, to t [...]

    21. Nothing is true everything is permitted, Vladimir BartolChinese translation This book is purely crazy tons of crazy shit have gone on in this story , that s all I can tell you after I finished reading the Chinese translation published in Taiwan I also admit I don t think I fully understand what William S Burroughs tried to tell us, and some parts of the story really tend to drag on and on for no good reason.The whole story reads like a series of junkie s nightmarish, incoherent drug trips or a r [...]

    22. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Hmmmmmm, what can I say about Naked Lunch I think I ll let the immortal words of Gwen Stefani speak for me .I ll gladly admit I m probably too stupid to see the genius that Burroughs created with this book, but I just don t see it A series of incoherent ramblings from a drug addled mind published in order to blur the boundary between art and obscenity that just don t stand the test of time 50 years ago, this work was shocking, but now Notsamuch Writing tha [...]

    23. Found this file I started on my computer June 9, 2007 Hypertext Reading of Naked LunchReading Naked Lunch as it was intended open the book at any page and just read what is there Keeping track of pages read, so that there is no duplication and each page is given its consideration Am a bit anal about these things, so I m not going to cut in the middle of a chaptergoing to read nearest chapter from where I pry open the book The book is never meant to end, because it s an immortal junky s nightmare [...]

    24. I shot heroin for a decade, and at the time, I had this wrongful solidarity towards the culture and arts that surrounded it.My first exposure to Burroughs was the novel Junky a trashy pulp book with a thin plot Even at 19, a period when starring at my tennis shoes for multiple hours at a time entertained me, I found no enjoyment from this man s prose Fast forward about 6 years, I m in the middle of a long federal prison stretch, my literary receptors have become pronounced I m getting through l [...]

    25. I m not an uber beat generation guru, but I m fairly certain that Naked Lunch is the final destination to the journey started by Jack Kerouac in On the Road It is very rhythmic try reading it out loud but also incredibly stream of conscious, much so than Kerouac s novel and he can get pretty damn stream of conscious This novel depicts the life if you want to call it that of a junkie in the 60s who travels from America to Mexico and finally lands halfway across the globe in Tangier He is helples [...]

    26. This book makes no sense, not that it matters Burroughs wrote it over the course of a year in a one room apartment over a Moroccan male brothel, strung out on heroin What resulted is a disturbing, satirical, bitter flood of images To call it a meditation or a portrait doesn t do it justice Naked Lunch is the lifeblood of a dying mind It is a collection of vaguely linked scenes, images, and flash pieces some humor, some horror, some pornography As you might expect, it drags in places, but some of [...]

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    28. I found this book extremely hard to read but I was determined to finish it no matter what I felt like most of it just went over the top of my head It is unlike any book i have ever read I usually enjoy books that are classed as shocking or disturbing American Psycho is one of my favorite books but I cant say I enjoyed this I found it laborious and at times incredibly dull I am fully aware that it is a book a lot of people have found deep meaning in, so I realize that maybe I just didn t understa [...]

    29. I am not sure if Naked Lunch is really a book, or a piece of experiential art On either level, it works if you relax, let the words wash over you, and don t spend too much time trying to figure it out It is like one of those mosaic pictures where, on the micro level, all it looks like is a bunch of little squares When you step back, though, you see the Mona Lisa This book wormed its way into my psyche to such an extent that I started spontaneously quoting from its pages in all sorts of improbabl [...]

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