Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone.
Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the 20th century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture.This is an unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and, ultimately, a nightmarish wasteland known as Interzone. The restored text includes many editorial corrections and incorporates Burroughs’s notes on the text and several essays he wrote over the years about the book. For the Burroughs enthusiast and neophyte alike, this is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture.
“William was a Shootist. He shot like he wrote – with extreme precision and no fear.” (Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone)
“A masterpiece. A cry from hell, a brutal, terrifying, and savagely funny book that swings between uncontrolled hallucination and fierce, exact satire.” (Newsweek)
What I Say
Naked Lunch is brutal. A brutal, nasty, savage look at humanity through the eyes of one of the premiere cultural icons of the 20th century and beyond. A classic, the book isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you are a lover of all things amazing prose, it is not a book to overlook. Especially with the gut-wrenching narration of Mark Bramhall grabbing you by the collar and dragging you down, down into the darkness and the smells, the pain and the nightmarish reality of the ruins of a life. Williams S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg are the definition of the beat generation, of a time which stands alone in the annals of narrative history. Add in the gonzo of Hunter S. Thompson, the back beat of the words of Laurie Anderson, the rythms of Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew and the Talking Heads, and you have a picture of my life, my mind and soul, during the most important periods of my life.
In my mind, the greatest of the prose-masters is Burroughs, no matter what others may say, and his mark on the landscape of the written word is unmatched. Yes, brutal, savage – but real and true on levels that few authors ever reach.
With all the talk about all the modern books out there, sometimes it is hard to remember that there are authors that came before the days of electronic books and instant delivery that are well worth enjoying again.
My SweetFreeBooks.com email came in this afternoon, with a book I remember with great fondness. The Valley of Fear is free on Amazon, and I picked up a copy. Then I thought, what about some of the other books that I loved as a child? Well, here are some ideas for a bit of “Renaissance reading.”