William S. Burroughs - Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

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  • Where Burroughs Met Kubrick

    Nov 1, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The most important book of contemporary literature.
    Cons: About as offensive as can be imagined. But I liked that aspect.

    Summary: “I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon and dropper I throw away at Washington Square Station, vault a turnstile and two flights down the iron stairs, ... read more

  • Worth The Effort

    Jul 28, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Extremely well-written.
    Cons: Very abstract. Some may find it offensive.

    Summary: Naked Lunch has been on my "to read" list since sometime in high school, but I took my time actually getting around to reading it. This was due in equal parts to the intimidation factor of the book (never described as an easy read), encounters ... read more

  • depth of addiction and insanity.

    May 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: incredible imagery and language usage. outstandingly original. sickeningly humorous.
    Cons: hard to register and follow.so whimsical and inconsistent its easily forgotten.

    Summary: i apologize for being bad at this...... i think i will have to read this again. you must understand that in the novel he jumps form thing to thing...each paragraph can be a mini story of its own. there is no main character but a series of ... read more

  • Lunching Upon the Nudes

    Oct 7, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Brilliant. Full of hilarious (if somewhat offsetting at first) black humor.
    Cons: Hard to get the gist of at first, may not be everyone's cup of tea due to frank depictions of just about everything that most people find threatening

    Summary: Everywhere that I've looked, I've found Naked Lunch in the fiction department. Why would that be? It's because this is the one book that stretches the definitions of just about every classification ever made about it. Although it contains a whole ... read more

  • Let them see what's on the end of that long newspaper spoon

    May 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Takes writing as a craft to the next of the next level..
    Cons: Some people will find it absolutely incomprehensible

    Summary: " I can think of TWO things wrong with that title." --Milhouse, 'The Simpsons' Some idiot reviewer (not on this site!! don't hit me!!) once referred to _Naked Lunch_ as "a hemmorhage of the imagination." This is ... read more

  • Naked Lunch

    Jan 1, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Every reader will get something different out of it.
    Cons: Incredibly grotesque and confusing with no structure.

    Summary: I have read William Burrough’s Naked Lunch twice, and both times I finished the last sentence with the sinking feeling that I had missed the boat. There are so many social and political innuendos and allegories of which I barely caught the shadows. I ... read more

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