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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs
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Jan 02, 10

bookshelves: 2010, drinking, the-beats, highly-anticipated
Read in January, 2010

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-read for any enthusiasts to add to their collection.
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