Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

Audiobook CD - 2009
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An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone, its formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution have exerted their influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J.G. Ballard, and William Gibson; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film, and media generally. This restored text includes many editorial corrections to errors present in previous editions, and incorporates Burroughs' notes on the text, and several essays he wrote over the years about the book.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio Inc., p2009
ISBN: 9781433259678
1433259672
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (10 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Naked lunch : the restored text

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Mooseum
Jun 14, 2017

It was a very long time ago that I read Naked Lunch for the first time. This is touted to be the "restored text" which possibly means that there are more pages. I am not familiar with how Burroughs writes, but this feels like he sits down at the typewriter and could type all day. He knows that he wants to say/describe and he does. There is a lot of (florid) detail and the narrator has a voice, at least in tone, that is similar to Burroughs' own.

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adam_cooper
Feb 14, 2014

The Naked Lunch is the single greatest contribution to twentieth century modernist fiction since Faulkner. Like his literary predecessors this book seems confounding and impenetrable but for the persistent reader it builds a logic and reading experience which goes beyond linear story telling and mainlines the reader into the mind of a tormented and ravaged soul. This book deserves to endure as an undisputed classic for all time to be shelved alongside Joyce and Kafka. If you love this book then I urge you to go on and discover Iain Sinclair who is Burroughs's rightful heir.

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HenryBurr
Apr 27, 2011

Whoa---heavy stuff!!! I'm 57, a product of the late 60's, originally out of L.A., and I thought I had a handle on what was going on "back then"....but this truly blew me away. Obviously, Burroughs influenced the writers of his era (check out the involvement of Ginsberg, Kerouac and others), but then you begin to understand the subtle intellectualism of the inanity of Firesign Theater's work; not totally unlike the somewhat contradictory pairing of Monty Python's inane silliness and Cambridge/Oxford intellectualism.
For sure, no "plot" in the purely linear sense of the word; but if you're willing to let go of external structure, let yourself slide into the whole stream of relative reference frames---this work will take you there.
Did I "enjoy" it, in the entertainment sense of the word? Not really---it ain't Louis Lamour or Tom Clancey. But do I remember it?---no doubt about it!!

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jeremy165
Apr 26, 2011

I'm under 30, watch tv, I know whats going on in the world.

I have no idea what is going on in this book. I stopped after the second disc. Basically no plotline, really weird drug references I'd have to think about.

I swear a lot, but this book was really vulgar.

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Apr 26, 2011

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