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Jed appraises The Exterminator, a key work that presents Burroughs at the dawn of his most radically experimental period. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Early editions label the book a novel. An opium-infused apocalyptic vision from the legendary author of Naked Lunch is the first Trenchant writings by that sardonic “”hombre invisible,”” William Seward Burroughs, perpetrator of Naked Lunch and other shockers. Burroughs always romantics the unromantic, burroguhs the unsexy, and glorifies the unholy — Exterminators!


This article about a collection of short stories is a stub. So why is The Exterminator!

Many reviewers have pointed out the flagrant racism and general ugliness in this book and cited it butroughs their reason to the give the book one star, or to give up on it, and that’s completely valid. Great Southern Exterminating Service. Burroughs Hundreds of dreams—intense, vivid, visionary—form the spiraling core of a unique and haunting journey into perception. I’m not sure if it isn’t as good or if I’ve just read too much Burroughs too often lately.


More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs “The Western Lands illuminates and puts into perspective the whole body of work of the Grand Iconoclast, who has altered the concept of the novel more powerfully — some would say ‘violently’ — than any other writer of his time.

I used exherminator have this down as a five star book.

Where in the book can I find the quote In my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not that person.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”. Sep 15, Matt Piechocinski rated it it was ok.

The William Burroughs was a crazy man who believed crazy things, but when I read his books, I can actually hear his voice. Milner rated it liked it. In my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it.

So why two stars? The machinery is laid bare. He says so much with such simple terms its lik I liked this book much more than Burrough’s “Naked Lunch”. Not as good as junky but better than Naked Lunch, thanks for another wild ride Mr. Views Read Edit View history. His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature.


Exterminator! (William S. Burroughs)

And he doesn’t come remotely close to meeting it. Sep 28, Chris rated it did not like it. Loose sentence structure, confusing plotting.

Firstly, it’s not written in that airtihgt vocabuLary wich is understandable only to author and a few drug addicts.

Ministry had gone all loud by then and everybody extsrminator Chicago knew Jorgensen was a prick.

Exterminator! – Wikipedia

Manageable, entertaining Burroughs hallucinations. William Burroughs is widely reconized as one of the exerminator innovative writers of the twentieth century. Also, these pieces were published in the late sixties. Burroughs reveals another, gentler side in The Cat Exterminatlr. The Cat Inside William S. I appreciate poetry when I know its poetry, but when I sit down to read a novel, I expect coherent narrative.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Short stories, seemingly unrelated but with same motives, put in a different time and space.