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Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
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really liked it

I'd love to rate this one higher, but however groundbreaking it was at the time, I always felt that Burroughs went on to produce much better books. Just like Kerouac had stronger stuff than On the Road, so too did WSB in comparison to this.

It still has one of the most apt titles ever. Contrary to what the small-minded prudes who brought the obscenity case against it assumed, this book has nothing to do with some lewd midday meal. "Naked Truth" might've been a better title, if it weren't such a meaningless cliché. Instead, the reader is forced to eat the truth, finally seeing "what is on the end of that long newspaper spoon." For an audience so accustomed to spoon-fed bullshit, Naked Lunch was and still is a refreshing menu option.

Don't stop there, though, kiddies, don't stop there....
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March 9, 2012 – Shelved

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message 1: by Mat (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mat I totally agree with you about Burroughs and Kerouac going on to write better books. It makes perfect sense. While musicians may 'peak' when they are young and then fade out, I tend to think that writers get better with age, like a good red wine. In my opinion, Burroughs' best book might be 'The Western Lands' (but that whole finaly trilogy is fantastic). Just my two cents.

message 2: by Arthur (last edited Jan 08, 2013 05:25PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Arthur Graham Mathew wrote: "In my opinion, Burroughs' best book might be 'The Western Lands' (but that whole finaly trilogy is fantastic)."

You don't say...

Jeffrey Keeten I'm waiting for Library of America to collect his works. haha It might be a long wait, but they did just collect Kerouac so who knows.

message 4: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao you've nailed it in, like, 20 words.


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