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Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk" - William S. Burroughs
Junky: The Definitive Text of "Junk"
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Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the... show more
Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life.In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. As he navigates the crime-ridden streets of New York, trying to convince doctors to give him a prescription for opiates and doing his best to avoid the police’s “pigeons” who are given a steady supply of heroin to inform on drug dealers, the narrator describes the physical experience of getting high, and the visceral need for another hit that haunts him every day. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs’s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802120427 (0802120423)
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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Cody's Bookshelf
Cody's Bookshelf rated it
3.5 JUNKY Review
Synopsis: In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of a...
everettpantaloons
everettpantaloons rated it
The best, and most truthful historical record of drug-use during the '40s. Burroughs is very truthful and stays very unbiased, telling of the ups and downs of everything, including Heroin. This may piss-off some one-sided people who are either very for- or against certain things. Burroughs tells it ...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 The life of a heroin addict
When I first bought this book I thought it was written by the same guy that wrote Tarzan (yes they have the same last name, but that is about it). It turns out that it wasn't, and Burroughs was not a fiction writer, but rather, as the introduction to the version that I read, the father of the beat g...
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers
A Cruel Man Delighting in Flowers rated it
4.0
Burroughs strings together a series of fascinating character studies through a loose, inebriated kind fo structure - more traditional perhaps than his later work - but still a very unstory-like story. This does suit the narrative focus point for the novel, but it is also rather alienating. Burroughs...
Minor Characters
Minor Characters rated it
This my favorite kind of Burroughs writing--edgy, raw, lyrical, honest, and experimental without going into Naked Lunch territory.
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