Place of Dead Roads (The Red Night Trilogy #2)
A good old-fashion shoot-out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslingers, led by Kim Carson, fight for galactic freedom. The Place of Dead Roads is the second novel in the trilogy with Cities of the Red Night and The Western Lands.
This is his last great period in literature. Here he's an old man commenting on the Western of sorts. A place where a liberated man could do his own thing withhout anyone bothering him. The ultimate libertarian, Burroughs is actually very conservative soul which may surprise people. But again what makes him great...more
This book begins as a gay Western, with some sci fi interludes, and gradually becomes more bizarr...more
They capture hyenas and blind them with red-hot needles and burn out their vocal cords while they intone certain spells bind...more
Kim Carsons, the protagonist, is one of my favorite characters of fiction, though I think he may be a quasi-autobiographical fictional vision of the au...more
Carson's youth is pure Burroughs, repelling adults ('he looked like a a sheep-killing dog and smelled like a polecat') and wallowing in fant...more
7) Item: Wog
'Fact': A term not used by the Church. After all, all Sci...more
Burroughs is truly at his best here: serious and satirical, hilarious and thought-provoking, sexy and stomach-turning, oftentimes all in one scene, one paragraph, or even one sentence. His...more
Readers unfamiliar with Burroughs should, as always be warned that, like most of his works, this is hallucinatory, disjoint, violent, and graphic.
However, as always, it is leavened by wacky black humor, and vivid writing that has a paradoxical dark beauty.
It's more narrative than his cut-up works, which took language to near-Joycean-Wakean extremes.
There is a Western narrative of sorts, although there is considerable t...more
I have read each of William Burroughs novels and personally regard him to be the most
important modern writer. THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS - part of a trilogy - confirms his
place, for me, as a master of post-war fiction.
I read THE NAKED LUNCH when it was first published and I remember the TIMES LITERARY
SUPPLEMENT editorial commenting - 'If the publisher had set out to discredit literary
freedom and innovation they could not have done it more effectively' - and my feeling
was that here was a ser...more
Aca una muestra en un cita sobre la trilogía del espacio:
"Este libro está dedicado a los Antiguos, al Señor de las Abominaciones, Humwawa, cuyo rostro es una masa de entrañas, cuyo aliento es el hedor del estiércol y e...more
But this is not a easy book to read -...more
As usual Burroughs makes silly putty newspaper prints of the truth as an attempt to reproduce his own visions. The outer space polemic had less of an impact on me, as I really see it as a metaphor for occultist exploration of inner space. B...more
I've read all of Burroghs' work, but this is my all-time fave - I don't think he ever matched his ability to create a surrealist (collage) structure that ellicits so much clear narrative - the perfect blend of chaos and clarity. I've read it three times, and look forward to reading it again next year (too much on the shelf at the moment).
As usual, he's up to...more
It is a story about time-traveling cowboys
Finished ... I regard the earlier portion of the book more favorably. The last section of the book stretched my believability factor too much after following a somewhat believable opening sequence.
Mostly good, sometimes great and sometimes just pervy and unsavory. At times Dead Roads veers awfully close to being the ultimate wild west story jacked up on mescaline but too often it dwells on WSB's obsessions like small children with "over developed thighs and buttocks" and his morbid fear of insects. Still, I will eventually read the other two books in the trilogy.