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Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
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bookshelves: humor, what-the-hell, pretty-good, queer-writing, mind-fuck, chinese-translation

"Nothing is true; everything is permitted,"

- Vladimir Bartol

Chinese translation: 萬事皆虛 諸事可為

This book is purely crazy (tons of crazy shit have gone on in this story), that's all I can tell you after I finished reading the Chinese translation (published in Taiwan). I also admit I don't think I fully understand what William S. Burroughs tried to tell us, and some parts of the story really tend to drag on and on for no good reason.

The whole story reads like a series of junkie's nightmarish, incoherent drug trips or a really messed up hard-boiled thriller, a lot of sex, violence, drug and even murder and sexual abuse. A lot of dark fantasies concerning gay men and boys. Some parts of the story even read like cyberpunk, but I admit not everyone will like this book. Still I strongly suggest you to try it out, or at least WATCH THE MOVIE WHICH IS BASED ON THIS NOVEL!!

In my opinion, the movie really does the nearly-impossible by giving a story and a context to a text which has no story and nearly no context.

A wonderful review for this book: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

PS: so aside from drugs and homosexuality, the story is also about conspiracy and mind control? Wow, my mind is blown!
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
March 19, 2013 – Shelved
July 6, 2013 – Shelved as: humor
July 6, 2013 – Shelved as: what-the-hell
July 6, 2013 – Shelved as: queer-writing
July 6, 2013 – Shelved as: pretty-good
May 13, 2015 – Shelved as: mind-fuck
May 13, 2015 – Shelved as: chinese-translation

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Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn) Looks like alot is going on in just one book.

Mizuki Indeed, a lot of crazy things just happen in the book.

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