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... show more
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 For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a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.
Publish date: 2004-01-26
Publisher: Grove Press
Pages no: 289
Edition language: English
This was an incredibly exhausting and somewhat pointless read. The intro, as well as the annex, were okay-ish and had at least an informative value to them (to a certain degree...), but everything in between was horrid and reeeally far from being understandable or enjoyable at all. So... thanks, but...
I found this book so weird and awkward to read. Some parts are so crude and even cruel that made my stomach churn. Is also pretty hard to follow if you don't pay attention while reading. You get distracted just a second and you're lost. The only part I did find interesting was the appendix writt...
It is a fascinating experimental novel. It is a kind of drug fueled satire. It is part of a modernist movement of nightmare that has as its representatives Bacon in Art and Lou Reed in music. Interestingly Reed credits Burroughs as a huge influence. It is a hallucinogenic, discordant sort of p...
I've been reading this book the past few weeks during exams,just picking it up and flicking through a few pages every day. I think this is how Burroughs wanted it to be read. Any more and I find things get confused very fast with Naked Lunch. But it was a very enjoyable book to read.
There's no one quite like Burroughs. My only advice is to ignore the harrumphings about obscenity and read it as a comedy. It is hilarious.