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Port of Saints

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Somewhere a long time ago the summer ended....
Paperback, 174 pages
Published April 1st 1980 by Blue Wind Press (first published 1973)
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This book was a real surprise. You know, this is actually a very interesting book, for the most part.
While there are a few parts where Burroughs completely loses me, the imagery in Port of Saints is beautiful and, of course, shockingly graphic at the same time, but there is also enough of a story here which you can sink your teeth into. As a previous reviewer of Port of Saints has already pointed out, this is THE book to read, not the overblown and somewhat disappointing Wild Boys. This is SO M...more
Like my reveiw of Bladerunner : A Movie my rating of this novel is due to certain subject matter. Everything else about this book was great but it was to much graphic gay sex for me, time traveling graphic gay underage boy sex. Burroughs was brilliant, but some of his books just don't work for me because its just to much.

Now it jumps around between many characters from previous works and future works of his while a group of wild boys tries to change the future by going back in time. It was a fas...more
Port of Saints is one of Burroughs' shorter, slightly less experimental stories - it's easier on the brain than his other work, but it's still not exactly light reading. Interestingly enough, Port of Saints is pivotal in that it's the meeting point between many of his earlier characters and a whole host of new characters who were to reappear in later books.

Like many other Burroughs novels, the narrative is episodic, presented in the form of multiple plot-lines which coexist and shuffle together,...more
Another day, another series of reviews of William S. Burroughs bks. Bet you didn't know that there're so many! (Ok, you old timers know, but you young'uns didn't) I'm sure I read this just b/c I'd been reading about it for so long that by the time I finally scored a copy I was probably eager for another Burroughs fix. HOWEVER, I think this fell into the category of "read-so-many-Burroughs-bks-that-they're-like reruns-to-me-now" so this one gets a 3 even though, as usual, it's probably brimming o...more
James Newman
It took four or five experimental cut-up books before Burroughs wrote one that is worth reading. A shame that it is the lesser known of the Paris/London experimental period. Port of Saints is an example of a work of fiction, using a strange technique (paper/scissors/repeated phrases) but somehow it works. Just.
why the hell was this book so difficult to get a hold of? why do people put wild boys on a pedestal and consider this supplemental? honestly, it should be the other way around. the story moves along very quickly, and there's a whole lotta action in these pages. this is a very very fun read.
Mike Mcelhaney
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One of the least known of WS Burroughs later books. Same themes, but as with any of his books, the voice that reads it inside your head is pure magic.
had high hopes for this due to reviews and i love burroughs but there was nothing here to get into.
like a mix of nova trilogy and wild boys, so pretty good, but starting to repeat himself here
Boring homoerotic drugbabble from an author capable of much more (or so I'm assured).
George Schmoe
A used to be rare novel, mine is oop hardback version.
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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...more
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