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Author: William S. Burroughs,James Grauerholz,Barry Miles
ISBN: 0802122078
Language: English
Pages: 304 pages
Category: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Grove Press; Reprint edition (July 16, 2013)
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William Burroughs' magnum opus "Naked Lunch" is not for everybody

William Burroughs' magnum opus "Naked Lunch" is not for everybody. I first read it many years ago, when I was in my late teens, thinking it would be funny because of the title and because I enjoyed the movie adaptation with Peter Weller (despite the fact that the movie and the book are virtually nothing alike) which I had seen on HBO some time back. Now I'm in my later 20s and I've read the book a second time, as well as many of Burroughs' other books, which have helped put everything in perspective.

The landscape of subway dawns and cheap hotels, the numbing wait for the next fix, and the melancholy quest for an ever-elusive sexual happiness together describe the world through which Burroughs moved in the 1950s, in New York, Mexico and Tangier.

If not for the intervention of William S. Burroughs friends, Naked Lunch would have never seen the light of day. Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac decided to visit Burroughs in Tangiers and see if they could salvage any of the fragmented writing that had been dripping from the mind of Burroughs while he was The title means exactly what the words say: NAKED lunch-a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of the fork.

For other people named William Burroughs, see William Burroughs .

For other people named William Burroughs, see William Burroughs (disambiguation). According to James Grauerholz, two witnesses had agreed to testify that the gun had fired accidentally while he was checking to see if it was loaded, with ballistics experts bribed to support this story. After the publication of Naked Lunch, a book whose creation was to a certain extent the result of a series of contingencies, Burroughs was exposed to Brion Gysin's cut-up technique at the Beat Hotel in Paris in October 1959.

predates the first published version. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture

He was the author of numerous books, including Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Nova . James Grauerholz, Barry Miles.

He was the author of numerous books, including Naked Lunch, The Soft Machine, Nova Express, The Ticket that Exploded, and The Wild Boys, and was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Библиографические данные. Grove/Atlantic, In. 2007.

Barry Miles’s ‘William Burroughs: A Life’, is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 1990s Cinema Actors And Actresses Authors Literature Newspapers And Magazines Paris Samuel Beckett Styles And Clothes Theatre.

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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
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Lonesome Orange Kid
It’s very easy to criticize someone if you’ve never been in the same position. While I will agree with some things stated above I think Naked Lunch was a view inside the mind of a man born before his time. If this book would have been written in the last 10 years or so I don’t think it would’ve had as much negativity and frankly wouldn’t have gotten such a poor mix of reviews. This book is in its own category compared to others. I think William Burroughs was a brilliant writer and was going for the shock value that he had so eloquently written. Naked Lunch was a work of art put into words. And the good thing about art is that its objective. It doesn’t have to make sense it just is what it is.
He seemed to be a very sick man mentally as well as being spun out of his mind when writing Naked Lunch. However, I think being an avid drug user helped him to write a lot of what we don’t see inside the drug world that does happen. He takes you into the underground world of fetish and S&M lifestyle mixed with a beautiful cocktail of drugs swimming on the pages around you. He is like the Andy Warhol of writing, the Willy Wonka of stories. His imagination is truly unique. Whether it’s all true or not doesn’t matter. He has written something that no other authors can ever come close to.
I don’t think when William wrote Naked Lunch he would have ever imagined the amount of value he added to the writing community. I also believe he opened the doors on homosexuality that he himself had hidden from everyone out of fear of being locked away in a nut house. What people don’t understand scares them and not understanding the pain and grief he must’ve felt hurts me. So many times, out of fear we don’t often say how we feel and I’m sure it was quite hard for him to put this book into words. Even more so how hard it was for him to hide who he really was.
Freaky Hook
You know when you're listening to a live album and then the guitarist goes into a ten minute solo, or the song doesn't end but keeps going on and on with the lead singer just kind of going "Oh Yeah ... Yeah, yeah, yeah ..." and the crowd is going wild? It doesn't translate quite the same way when you're in your living room or car listening to all that live energy. Your thought is, "Well, I guess I had to be there." Burroughs' 'Naked Lunch' is a lot like that. Reporting from the interior of the Interzone and various heroin-induced locales, William Burroughs and his alter-ego (variously named at various times) offers this 'live album' of what it's like to inject yourself with heroin and walk on that side of your consciousness. A challenging read, it was pretty much banned in the US when first published in the 1950s. At times, this pieced together reportage feels like Philip K Dick and at others it feels like de Sade. The novel is filled with incidents and vignettes and most of them don't readily fit with one another. This isn't so much narrative as it is experience. Think of the last fifteen minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and you get the idea. You don't have to 'get it' so much as simply experience it. -- Burroughs employed a technique whereby he would arrange vignettes and passages in any order (the book can be read from any place without thought of what came before or what follows). All said, this is a rewarding and challenging novel. A work that still has the power to shock today. -- That said, there comes a time during the reading where a little bit of tedium takes over (at any rate, it did for me). The passages are so wrapped up in the world of drugs (primarily heroin) and what that's like (to Burroughs) that I found myself wishing for a few moments of straight narrative. But that's not the point (nor should it be). Naked Lunch stands as an important artifact from a corner of the imagination most of us don't travel into. And if you can't be there, this book makes a nice souvenir program.
Naked Lunch is one of the most depraved, disturbing and downright twisted works I've ever read. I picked it up because it was marked as a wonder of American literary achievement. It was released in the 50's and its success was magnified by the continuous legal battles it went through and the capitalization of the publishers after them. Naked Lunch flooded the market as a big taboo and naturally caught American citizens' attention. This book ultimately marked the ending of literary censorship in America.

It is dark and vile and gets you into the mind of the author who was deep into Morphine addiction as well as other drugs. The characters developed will leave a gross feeling in your gut and there are many scenes that literally left me with my mouth agape in disgust as I read them. Characters and scenes come and go often dissolving in to chaotic events that can leave the reader bewildered and disturbed. Very little makes any real sense as you dig though the mind of Burroughs deep in the torments of his addiction.

The ending of this edition (I cannot speak for others) is where the author explains what it was like creating this book and wreathing in his addiction. The ending of the book really ties it all together. It does nothing to answer any questions about the stories themselves, but it provides a very real glance into Morphine addiction.

Based on what I experienced reading this book and how the authors ending justified the book itself, I would push to have such a thing as mandatory reading throughout this nations high schools. I believe scholastically studying this book at a young age in an atmosphere such as high school would provide a very real look for our youth at what hard drugs do to the brain. This could provide not only a genuine fear and distaste of these things but a real education into empathy for those who are buried in addition. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is up for the ride.