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En de nijlpaarden werden gekookt in hun bassins

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En de nijlpaarden werden gekookt in hun bassins is het officiële gezamenlijke debuut – geschreven in 1944 – van Burroughs en Kerouac, die in dit true crime-boek om en om de hoofdstukken schreven.

De twee grootheden van de Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac en William S. Burroughs, schreven En de nijlpaarden werden gekookt in hun bassins in 1945. Het is een echte whodunnit, gebas
Hardcover, 173 pages
Published November 2008 by Lebowski (first published 2008)
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Oct 29, 2008 Tosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beat-lunatic's dream book. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac's first book - and not only that but the only book that they wrote together. Written in 1945, the story is based on their friend Lucian Carr who murdered another friend of everyone's at that time.

Burroughs would write one chapter and Kerouac would write the other. If one just read the chapters or book you would notice the style of the writing right away. In other words it is very Burroughs and very Kerouac. Even as young writer
Caddy Rowland
Dec 19, 2013 Caddy Rowland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know where to start with this review. This book meant so much to me. Yet, I know for many people it wouldn't be a good read. It's the only novel Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs ever wrote together, and it sat under floorboards for decades before finally getting published only a few years ago, now that all of the people it's about have died. Lucien Carr was the last, passing away in 2005. He had asked the person who published this not to do it while he was alive.

This book, while not
Paquita Maria Sanchez
The best part about this early beat novel is contrasting the temperaments of the two narrators: Kerouac comes off as a naive little boy catching fireflies, while Burroughs is a grumpy old junkie codger squashing the fireflies and grumbling to himself about how stupid they were for flying near him.
I assume any reader who has been through one or two books by either William Burroughs or Jack Kerouac (or both) has a more than occasional appetite for fiction that is beyond, or at least different from, conventional escapist entertainment.

So it’s slightly ironic to learn from the detailed afterword in And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, written by Burroughs' bibliographer and literary executor James Grauerholz, that this mildly legendary yet long unpublished chapter-trading collaboration
As the first novel by both Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, in collaboration, this is a book of great literary significance, especially to anybody with an interest in the Beat Movement.

The two writers wrote a chapter each, alternately, and read their chapters aloud to each other before the other started work on the next one. Anybody familiar with either writer's work would easily be able to tell which chapters were written by which writer, even if they weren't told from the point of view o
Apr 19, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I "cheated" a bit with this book and used the audio edition. I started walking to work again and use the time to listen to a book. This version is read by Ray Porter. Porter changes his voice throughout the book reflecting the different authors. Kerouac and Burroughs alternate in telling the story of the death of Ramsey Allen.

Like many of Kerouac's real life writings, the characters are real but their names are changed. Kerouac is Mike Ryko and Burroughs goes by Will Dennison. Ryko and Dennison
May 17, 2012 T4ncr3d1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: statunitensi
Scritta, riscritta, rinnegata, mai dimenticata, congelata nel tempo e solo adesso, morti tutti i personaggi, pubblicata, E gli ippopotami si sono lessati nelle loro vasche è la storia dell'omicidio che diede inizio alla beat generation. E non poteva essere altrimenti.
Questo strano, modesto, iperrealistico e nudo romanzo a quattro mani restituisce perfettamente quello che fu il nucleo originario della beat, a cominciare dall'ambientazione caotica e quasi bohémien della New York degli anni Quarant
Jan 31, 2016 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a day! It's a quick read. Sure learned a lot about being a merchant marine. Also sad and interesting was seeing the corruption of the cops while Will was bar tending. Right after this I watched Kill Your Darlings. (Note: Ginsburg is nowhere in this book.)

I can't give an objective review of this book right now. I somehow got so immersed in this Beat culture all I can say is "This is great!" when maybe it's not.

Great glimpses of New York in the forties, especially having to dress nic
Robert Hobkirk
Dec 02, 2015 Robert Hobkirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kerouac and Burroughs wrote this novel together, writing alternate chapters, in 1945 when they were unknowns. They never were able to get it published, being unknown, and the publishers thinking it would have no sales appeal. Welcome to the book biz. It was finally published in 2008.

Both writers used simple sentences, Kerouac not going off on his poetic riffs. I couldn't tell who was writing unless I read the chapter heading. Like all of Kerouac's and Burroughs' writing, this story was based upo
Chelsea Whyte
Overall, this will end up in that category of books I'm glad I read, though I'm not sure how much I liked it.

Burroughs and Kerouac took turns writing chapters from the perspective of the two main characters, Will Dennison and Mike Ryko. Though I didn't know it while I was reading, these were meant to represent themselves. The book tells the story of a murder committed by a friend of theirs while they were young and living in New York.

The story itself ambles slowly through the hot summer in the
Jan 12, 2015 Deniz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aykırı akım, bana kalırsa edebiyatın en samimi ve en özgür tarafı. Yeraltı Edebiyatı, Beat Kuşağı da en çok ilgimi çeken türler bu yüzden.

Kerouac, Ginsgberg, Burroughs gibi yazarları okuduğum çok sayıda makaleden ve izlediğim filmlerden artık tanıyor gibiyim. Özellikle, Kill Your Darlings isimli güzel film, beni Beat Kuşağı'na daha da itmişti. Akımın başlamasını tetikleyenlerden şeylerden biri, Lucien Carr'ın işlediği cinayetti ve bu cinayetin perde arkası, Ginsberg'ün ve Kerouac'in hemen hemen
Geoff Dunk
May 21, 2012 Geoff Dunk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book I have completed so far this summer. I read the first 20 or so pages last night before bed and read the rest in the car today on the way to and from brunch with my mom’s side of the family.

It’s about 200 pages and it’s a fictionalized re-telling of the infamous “Columbia murder that gave birth to the Beats” and essentially inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs to start to thoroughly document their times and travels. The murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr is a well-documen
Dec 27, 2009 Audrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was above all else an interesting bit of literary history. It was written in the mid 1940s, almost a full ten years before Kerouac and Burroughs became famous. It is written from the perspective of two characters, Dennison and Ryko, written by Burroughs and Kerouac respectively. It is fascinating to read their early work, and to see their styles play off one another. It is a fictionalized version of their experiences with the Kammerer murder by Lucien Carr, and they do it justice. In t ...more
Neil McCrea
Nov 11, 2009 Neil McCrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beats
And the Hippos . . . is quite the hidden gem. A collaboration between Kerouac & Burroughs written in 1945 long before either of them achieved any literary success. The glimmers of future greatness are there, but perhaps more refreshingly the self-indulgences both writers are occasionally known for are absent. The Burroughs chapters have all of his trademark wry, black humor, and the Kerouac chapters lack some of his poetry but retain his pathos.

The afterward detailing the history of this nov
Apr 13, 2016 Denz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Барманът беше пуснал радио. Говорителят четеше новина за пожар в някакъв цирк и аз чух думите:
"А хипопотамите се сварили в басейна си и загинали."
Говорителят поднасяше новината с характерния мазно самодоволен тон на радиоводещите. Филип се обърна към Барбара:
- Би ли опитала хипопотамско варено, Бабси?

Полежах така известно време, като карах въображаем велосипед, за да укротя въртенето на стаята.
Though definitely an invaluable literary artifact and of interest to Beat junkies, this is little more than that. Good literature? No, not even approaching the skill and depth of the authors' later works. Interesting, though, and a good story--how could it not be, based on facts? Just severely lacking on the technical side. There's a reason this wasn't published, there's a reason this wasn't the book that made either Kerouac or Burroughs famous, and honestly? It's better that way.

Still, a must-r
Talia Rosenthal
Apr 20, 2015 Talia Rosenthal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And The Hippos was the first Kerouac novel I've read and through having no previous knowledge about the author or the Beats time period, I was mostly in awe of the scenes described in the book. Hippos was written about a murder in the mid 40's from the perspectives of two close friends of the victim and murderer. The change of writing styles between Burroughs and Kerouac from chapter to chapter made the novel engaging and all the more amusing. The stories told inclosed scandal and all kinds of f ...more
Apr 11, 2015 Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The strange case of Lucien Carr and David Kammerer. Murder, almost without consequence, unlike The Stranger, and Hippos makes for a pretty good companion piece - what with the matter-of-fact nearly emotionless aspects of the material, and how the social mores impact the punishment. Hippos was written (in 1945) about the same time as The Stranger, and before Camus' English translation. Hippos is a real case, though. And it's less about the murder and aftermath, and more about setting the scene, o ...more
« Non mi credi? » ha detto. « Lo sai, vero, che le cose possono trascinarsi fino a un certo punto ma poi succede qualcosa?».

Diciamo pure che avevo già idea che fosse la storia di Carr e Kammerer in versione romanzata, ironica e tagliente; diciamo anche che apprezzo altamente il lavoro costituito a due mani da Kerouac e Burroughs — da cui poi si può perfettamente intuire il carattere e i due tipi di personalità derivanti, in contrasto anche se perfettamente incastrati; e diciamo oltretutto che la
May 01, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
За тази легендарна и "изгубена" книга на битниците, непубликувана 60 години, е трудно да се пише и може би най-точните и кратки думи биха били: "Жалко, че свърши. Благородно завиждам на тези, които ще я четат за първи път."

„А хипопотамите се сварили в басейна си” в голямата си част е автобиографичен роман, родил се след убийството, дало началото на бийт епохата. Прототип на Рамзи Алън е Дейвид Камърър, приятел на Бъроуз от ученическите години, убит през 1944 г. от Лусиен Кар (в романа - Филип Ту
Tristan Stewart
Although an enjoyable an entertaining read, felt incomplete by the end of the story. The book felt to short. Had potential to be greater than it actually was. Burroughs writing was simplistic and fact-oriented whereas Kerouac's writing was more dream-like and youthful, scattered even. Interesting to see the contrast. This as a whole was neither here nor there, unfortunately.
Julie Rylie
I think one of the main reasons why I didn't reaaaally liked this book was because I read a portuguese version of it and the translation was not one the best let's say... I saw it was a version from 2013 but the language that was used was kind of vulgar, in the sense that besides general vulgarity it would or should have been translated by a person that lived in a different time and space in Portugal coz we don't speak like that since 1975 probably.

Translation problems aside, I was quite curiou
Mar 23, 2014 randi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will agree with another reviewer on this book; this book meant a lot to me as a reader, as a writer, as a person. This is the beats, it is a book that though was not intended for publication shows the relationship these two writers share with eachother and their craft, this book was history. The novel is written in a different form as each writer takes a turn at writing a chapter and you can really get a sense of their styles which are so uniquely different. In this account you get a firsthand ...more
Dana Larose
Jan 05, 2015 Dana Larose rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The best thing I can say about this book is that it was short. Summary: a bunch of selfish jerks spend their days drinking or mooching money to drink. Then someone dies in the last 15 pages and the book ends. If you really loved Catcher in the Rye, the characters in this one were what Holden Caulfield would grow up to be like if he didn't pull his shit together.

Found it on my pile of unread books and I have no clue where it came from. I'd sworn off reading more Kerouac after not finishing Dharma
Jan 05, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not recommended for readers that don't care about the Beat history.

If you are like me, you've been waiting for this to be published for years. It's penned by both Kerouac and Burroughs well before they were known or published. They alternate chapters, all 1st person. Burroughs writes every other chapter as Will Dennison. Kerouac writes every other chapter as Mike Ryko. It's a fictional account about how their friend Lucien Carr murdered David Kammerer. Both Carr and Kammerer are early figures in
Mar 30, 2010 Stacie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, beats
I've always been a fan of the Beats, since my first reading of On the Road in high school. When I was in college, this fascination continued, especially in respects to Buddhism and the Beats. I remember once in an early composition class mentioning how my favorite thing about Beat writers was how real they were. "There's nothing 'special' about them; they're just like everyone else." I was always impressed with how well they could describe a random occurrence on the street or a simple emotion wh ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The introduction to this book mentions that "Hippos" existed for years in manuscript form, buried under floor boards. Could be apocryphal, as most "lost art" stories are. Dear estates of the late Messrs Kerouac and Burroughs: should've left this manuscript under the floorboards. Or maybe ran it past an editor?

My big problem with "Hippos" was that I couldn't feel sympathy for any of the characters. They had "no form or beauty that we should desire them." The protagonists spend the entirety of the
Angelo Ricci
La foto di copertina è già tutta un programma. Burroughs e Kerouac immortalati nel 1953 da Allen Ginsberg in un interno nuovayorkese, seduti tra improbabili tappezzerie e ottomane dai motivi vagamente orientaleggianti. Due autori per un libro, un romanzo, una prova, un esordio che prende le mosse da un fatto realmente accaduto. Un fatto di sangue, di sopraffazione, di regolamento di conti sentimentali confusi e terribili. Come nella migliore vulgata postmoderna i personaggi si confondono con gli ...more
Susan Emmet
An odd but seminal novel to the Beat Generation, published 60 years after its inception. Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs alternated writing chapters of a novel based on life in Greenwich Village/NYC in 1944, with the main conflict focused on the relationship/murder by Lucien Carr of David Kammerer, which hit the tabloids. While the novel targets the gritty, drug- and alcohol-ridden life of its characters, the Afterword by James Grauerholz, executor of Burroughs' estate, enlightens readers abo ...more
I've never been that into the Beat Generation. I admit, I've never read Naked Lunch or On The Road, not out of active dislike, more just because I get busy and I have other books all over my house to be read, all I've done is read some Allen Ginsberg. Anyway, I'm a big fan of the sort of pulp detective novels of the Raymond Chandler variety, so I decided that maybe this would be a good introduction to Beat novels for me. After all, the cover of And The Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks includes ...more
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Born on March 12, 1922, in Lowell, Massachusetts, Jack Kerouac's writing career began in the 1940s, but didn't meet with commercial success until 1957, when On the Road was published. The book became an American classic that defined the Beat Generation. Kerouac died on October 21, 1969, from an abdominal hemorrhage, at age 47.
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