And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write... show more
More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write anything of note. Alternating chapters and narrators, Burroughs and Kerouac pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was submitted to publishers but rejected and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. This legendary collaboration between two of the twentieth centuries most influential writers is set to be published for the first time in the fall of 2008. A remarkable, fascinating piece of American literary history, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is also an engrossing, atmospheric novel that brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.
Publish date: November 1st 2008
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 214
Edition language: English
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs (probably my favorite sentence of the book) :-)
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks is a brilliant collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. Written in alternating perspectives they tell the story of a murder. The plot is basically a description of the journey of a group of young bohemian artists through New York - in t...
Strange book, that it was. I liked the fact that the author is a hopeless cinic, and some of his jokes had a deeper meaning, that was nice. But then again, I didn't really like the book. I found it rather dull. Sparkless. That kind of thing.
This my 1st William S. Burroughs books and i enjoy his style of writing... Dialoge effect gives you the feeling of being there.Jack Kerouac I looked him up not knowing his work, enjoyed his part in this book, but none of his other works dont grasp me...any suggestions?Overall the back & fourth calla...
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 l...