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The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs
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Sep 10, 2010

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction, shelved-indefinately, read-2010
Read from September 19 to 20, 2010

*note to self. Copy from A. (different cover & edition 1968, corgi books).scan later.

hummmm ok. so far. it's just junkie delirium. I was looking forward to seeing Burroughs' cut and paste method in the original. Bitterly disappointed. The 60's and 70's produced some innovative but strange & silly works. There are tiny sections of Soft Machine that I recognised from knowing his biography. If you had no knowledge of Burroughs' life you'd be stuck with mostly gibberish and junkie slang.

I'm well over halfway...but not in the mood for to the shelved indefinitely shelf.
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message 1: by Dfordoom (new)

Dfordoom I made the mistake of trying to read Burroughs once. Never again.

Velvetink Junkie was much the same. I preferred his biography by Ted Morgan.

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