Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Ten pounds lost in ten minutes standing with the syringe in one hand holding his pants up with the other, his abdicated flesh burning in a cold yellow halo, there in the New York hotel room… 

You need to read this book.

You also need to read this book for yourself, as this quasi-overview/review thing that I usually churn out simply won’t even begin to encapsulate what is happening within the pages of this book. So I think I’ll leave it very short this time.

You should probably know that this is a gorgeously deranged tab of cut-up junky literature that features a not insignificant amount of pederasty, as well as the obvious heavy drug use. If these kind of things might put you off a book, then suck it up and read it anyway. It was the last book (text only) to be tried under obscenity laws in the US. Whatever you might think of these things, the writing is truly important and just to reiterate –

You need to read this book.

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3 Responses to “Naked Lunch”


  1. 1 rehearsalsfordeparture January 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    ‘A roller-coaster ride through hell, a safari to the strangest people of the strangest planet – ourselves… sit back and gorge yourself on this feast of a novel’ JG Ballard

  2. 2 sumulael January 9, 2011 at 1:34 am

    ‘After the anaemic fare of most contemporary fiction, sit back and gorge yourself on this feast of a novel’ – The big JG

  3. 3 Miz Parker March 1, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I just read and reviewed this one on my own site, and I had almost exactly the opposite reaction. Did I somehow spectacularly miss something?

    http://mizparker.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/naked-lunch/


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