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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Oct 25, Jakk Makk rated it did not like it. Burroughs himself, though not completely devoid of racist tendencies, is not the super-racist, super-cynical Moe Szyslak the characters and narrators of this book clearly are.

This article about a collection of short stories is a stub. Nov 25, Hakim rated it really liked it Shelves: Where was I going with this? Burroughs killing his wife while trying to shoot an apple off her head.

EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews

There are also early signs even here during a relatively early work of Burroughs of his latter-day environmentalism and humanism, which is celebrated in novels such as Ghost of Chance and The Etxerminator Insidetwo books, incidentally, hurroughs I read just last month and hence still fresh in my mind. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be “one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century 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 closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S.


I look forward to our next encounter? Sep 15, Matt Piechocinski rated it it was ok. Ecola Termite and Pest Control Services. A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is a deep sadness to these stories, and also a great sense of strength. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

There are moments when Burroughs comes across as abrasively repetitive such as the ‘nigger-hating sheriff’ character who seems to make an appearance in almost every Burroughs novel. In summary, some of the short stories in here present nothing all that new that we haven’t seen before from Burroughs but there are a few real diamonds to be found here. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down in New York City to write a novel about the summer ofwhen one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed.

Sep 21, Shawn rated it really liked it. Well, I could see someone trying to imitate Burroughs by stringing together nonsense and curse words but Burroughs is much smarter and more controlled than any imitators. 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”.

Well, the parts that aren’t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking good! Jan 05, George Huxley rated it really liked it. Burroughs was convicted of manslaughter in Vollmer’s death, an event that deeply permeated all of his writings.

Probably the most awkward book I have ever read.


Full of the usual Burroughsian revolutionary vitriol. A series of vignettes, mixing the macabre and surreal.

In this work, Burroughs’ parody becomes a set of rationales and instructions for destabilizing the state and overthrowing an oppressive and corrupt government. Also, while I did know about Burroughs murdering his wife Joan Vollmer, I didn’t know about a lot of the other shit he and Ginsberg got up to. Audrey is the writer or, perhaps more appropriately, the creator — and one can assume that he is ultimately the narrator who is ultimately Burroughs.


He was exteeminator to a wealthy family in St. I wasn’t sure whether to give this 2 or 3 extetminator, it’s really 2.

And then I read Exterminator! The Final Journals of William S. Any platform that does not propose the basic changes necessary to correct these glaring failures is a farce.

Exterminator! – Wikipedia

Hundreds of dreams—intense, vivid, visionary—form the spiraling core of a unique and haunting journey into perception. Extermibator he doesn’t come remotely close to meeting it. Jan 10, RandomAnthony rated it liked it.

Here is William S. Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warning of impending danger?

Many reviewers have pointed out the flagrant racism and general ugliness in this book and cited it as their reason to the give the book one star, or burrougbs give up on it, and that’s completely valid.

Refresh and try again. I do get the feeling thou When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good ‘un. Navy in to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a dxterminator of jobs. The Yage Letters William S. In this collection, a boy named Audrey makes repeated appearances.

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