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: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (Audible Audio Edition) : Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Ray Porter, Inc. Blackstone Audio. And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is an incomparable artifact from the early days of the Beats, a fascinating piece of American literary history, and a. The best thing about this collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs is its gruesomely comic title: “And the Hippos Were.

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Burroughs later described it as ‘not a very distinguished work’. Kill your darlings wanna see it! Levertijd We doen er alles aan huppos dit artikel op tijd te bezorgen.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs

Burroughs, in collaboration, this is a book of great literary significance, especially to anybody with an interest in the Beat Thelr. It seems written straight out of youthful exuberance and aggression, testosterone gleaming in the ink.

Yet, Lucien Carr encouraged him. There is plenty of drinking. Maybe it was good therapy along with alcohol and heroin. Both writers used simple sentences, Kerouac not going off on his poetic riffs. John Williams Butcher’s Crossing 8, I had never read anything by Burroughs prior to reading this, but I really enjoyed the wit and arrogance of his chapters.

Interesting, though, and a good story–how could it not be, based on facts? London and New York: Like bite into yout cocktail glass and start chewing.

Bekijk en vergelijk alle verkopers. Jack and Will are unwitting accomplices when Lucius Carr kills David Kammerer though this account is very fictionalized. No, not even approaching boilde skill and depth of the authors’ later works.

Until the last two chapters, most of the characters spend the book doing as little as humanly possible. His many books include Naked LunchHippsoExterminator! Both were members of a loose New York coterie of artsy dropouts but neither had written anything substantial. One of my first thoughts was that this book, like all the others I read on both authors, sounded pretty biographical I enhance the fact I had no idea it actually was!


Dec 19, Audrey rated it liked it. The crime shocked the werw opinion, partly because Carr was a gifted Columbia student and partly due to his claim that he was acting on self-defense, trying to avoid the homosexual advances of the other man. Right after this I watched Kill Your Darlings.

A first stab at Beat

View all 7 comments. I felt the need to be productive and eschew apathy after reading for the better part of an hour. E ora ecco qui Phillip al mio fianco, e lui l’aveva fatto per davvero. Although not based upon the novel, the film release Kill Your Darlings re-creates the events leading up to the murder that inspired the book. Yet, I know for many people it wouldn’t be a good read. Also sad and interesting was seeing the corruption of the cops while Will was bar tending.

Apr 15, Joseph rated it really liked it. Much of Burroughs’s work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn theri his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American Amazon and Tangier in Morocco. An easy read with the ever notorious members of the Beat Generation. Anybody familiar with either writer’s work would easily be able qere tell which chapters were written by which writer, even if they weren’t told from the point of view of the fictionalised version of themselves.

I felt upset and very aware that at any moment, people anywhere can be doing nothing, changing nothing, feeling very litte, and contributing nothing to the greater good. View all 3 comments.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

We also take AC for granted. Like all of Kerouac’s and Burroughs’ writing, this story was based upon a factual happening, a murder. The book is unmistakably a tyro effort but Kerouac thought it rather good then, writing to his sister about a ‘portrait of the “lost” segment of our generation, hard-boiled, honest, and sensationally real’.

Jack Kerouac Lonesome Traveler 8, William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. The book tells the story of a murder committed by a friend of theirs while they were young and living in New York.


Upon reflection, though, I’m changing my rating from one star to two. Dec 22, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. The afterward detailing the history of this novel and why it couldn’t be published for over sixty years is a worthy read in and of itself.

Burroughs, who also became good friends with Carr and promised not to have it published until after his death, so as to not further ruin his name and bring up that part of his life.

I did find it odd that Allan Ginsberg, or a character like him, is not in the book.

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Carr later confessed the crime, first to Burroughs, then to Kerouac, neither of whom reported it to the police. For eight years, Kammerer had fawned over the younger Carr, but that night something happened: Written intue story is based on their friend Lucian Carr who murdered another friend of everyone’s at that time.

And it’s less about the murder and aftermath, and more about setting the theur, of this loose group of rag-tag friends in NY City – the dark bars, rundown apartments, grimy restaurants, and efforts to make or bum a little cash. But where Junkiefor this reader, successfully synthesized a pulp fiction aesthetic with an experientially informed first person account of heroin addiction’s self destructive realities in solid, sparse and always accelerating prose, And the Hippos was, as I once heard Burroughs say in a documentary film clip, in that unforgettable, qnd nasal, St.