Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

Book - 1992
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A reprint of the controversial 1959 novel about narcotics addict Bill Lee, his travels in search of drugs, and his eventual descent into the nightmarish fantasy world of Interzone.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, ©1992
ISBN: 9780802132956
0802132952
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: xlvii, 232 pages ; 21 cm

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kwsmith
Mar 24, 2017

I have been studiously avoiding this classic book for a very long time. Written in 1959 by a depressed heroin addict, Naked Lunch lays out a hideous spread of random wild drug-fueled hallucinations that push the boundaries of even the most liberal minded readers. If you can manage to swim through the sick and grotesque imagery flooding this book, you'll find a strange kind of raw beauty gasping at the bottom of the swamp. But is it filth or great literature? Ultimately, you'll have to decide for yourself, but for me it was not a fun trip.

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fugeninkan
Apr 03, 2016

I've read Naked Lunch about three times now though the most current reading, in March of 2016, of the Restored version, was my first reading in over twenty years. It was much better than I remembered it too. When reading it you have to remember that Burroughs was laughing out loud the whole time he was writing it. the book is not a novel but a collection of "routines" or comedic, scatological, satirical stories that Burroughs invented to amuse himself and his friends. Parts of the book are pornographic and others parody political parties, rednecks and others. There are the alien Mugwumps, the Sailor whose face frequently becomes a "brown fuzz", Dr. Benway, Johnny and Mary, the County Clerk, the Talking Asshole, junkies and cops and pages of post apocalyptic prose poetry. A brilliant book, but definitely not for the squeamish or the square. Naked Lunch is probably the most radical book in the history of English literature. More so even than Ulysses or the works of Henry Miller. The supplementary material at the end is interesting, especially Burroughs' article for the British Journal of Addiction.

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stewstealth
Jul 21, 2015

A hard book to recommend. If you think you can handle a meandering romp through a homosexual heroin addicts' addled brain then this is definitely your book. I thought the first chapter had amazing prose that seemed like poetry, yet this did not continue throughout the book. ( Can't call it a novel as there really isn't any plot.) However there is enough humor to offset the descents into nightmares. Worth reading if you're not a square.

theorbys Nov 03, 2012

A difficult text, and certainly not for everyone, but it is one of the fundamental dysvisionary literary texts of the modern world, and one of Burroughs' masterpieces, as alive and well in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.

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brianvw1
Nov 24, 2010

Once thought of this book as holy. Great memories. Introduced the idea of language as virus.

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petr
Nov 02, 2009

this is a brutal saga of a heroin addict. the heroin addict. very difficult to establish context but if you have a short attention span you will love this dark and strange book

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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Trying to summarize Naked Lunch is about as difficult as threading a needle on a roller coaster. This book restores the original words of Burroughs famed novel involving his various encounters with seedy low-lifes, his friends, and his travels to the fictional Interzone as an agent.

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