Naked Lunch

Naked Lunch

The Restored Text

eBook - 2007
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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume—that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs—is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.
Publisher: 2007
ISBN: 9780802197610
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Naked Lunch is Burroughs most well known work. It was made into a movie as well.

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Mar 24, 2017

I have been studiously avoiding this classic book for a very long time. Written in 1959 by a depressed heroin addict, Naked Lunch lays out a hideous spread of random wild drug-fueled hallucinations that push the boundaries of even the most liberal minded readers. If you can manage to swim through the sick and grotesque imagery flooding this book, you'll find a strange kind of raw beauty gasping at the bottom of the swamp. But is it filth or great literature? Ultimately, you'll have to decide for yourself, but for me it was not a fun trip.

Apr 03, 2016

I've read Naked Lunch about three times now though the most current reading, in March of 2016, of the Restored version, was my first reading in over twenty years. It was much better than I remembered it too. When reading it you have to remember that Burroughs was laughing out loud the whole time he was writing it. the book is not a novel but a collection of "routines" or comedic, scatological, satirical stories that Burroughs invented to amuse himself and his friends. Parts of the book are pornographic and others parody political parties, rednecks and others. There are the alien Mugwumps, the Sailor whose face frequently becomes a "brown fuzz", Dr. Benway, Johnny and Mary, the County Clerk, the Talking Asshole, junkies and cops and pages of post apocalyptic prose poetry. A brilliant book, but definitely not for the squeamish or the square. Naked Lunch is probably the most radical book in the history of English literature. More so even than Ulysses or the works of Henry Miller. The supplementary material at the end is interesting, especially Burroughs' article for the British Journal of Addiction.

Jul 21, 2015

A hard book to recommend. If you think you can handle a meandering romp through a homosexual heroin addicts' addled brain then this is definitely your book. I thought the first chapter had amazing prose that seemed like poetry, yet this did not continue throughout the book. ( Can't call it a novel as there really isn't any plot.) However there is enough humor to offset the descents into nightmares. Worth reading if you're not a square.

adam_cooper Feb 14, 2014

The Naked Lunch is the single greatest contribution to twentieth century modernist fiction since Faulkner. Like his literary predecessors this book seems confounding and impenetrable but for the persistent reader it builds a logic and reading experience which goes beyond linear story telling and mainlines the reader into the mind of a tormented and ravaged soul. This book deserves to endure as an undisputed classic for all time to be shelved alongside Joyce and Kafka. If you love this book then I urge you to go on and discover Iain Sinclair who is Burroughs's rightful heir.

theorbys Nov 03, 2012

A difficult text, and certainly not for everyone, but it is one of the fundamental dysvisionary literary texts of the modern world, and one of Burroughs' masterpieces, as alive and well in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.

Apr 27, 2011

Whoa---heavy stuff!!! I'm 57, a product of the late 60's, originally out of L.A., and I thought I had a handle on what was going on "back then"....but this truly blew me away. Obviously, Burroughs influenced the writers of his era (check out the involvement of Ginsberg, Kerouac and others), but then you begin to understand the subtle intellectualism of the inanity of Firesign Theater's work; not totally unlike the somewhat contradictory pairing of Monty Python's inane silliness and Cambridge/Oxford intellectualism.
For sure, no "plot" in the purely linear sense of the word; but if you're willing to let go of external structure, let yourself slide into the whole stream of relative reference frames---this work will take you there.
Did I "enjoy" it, in the entertainment sense of the word? Not really---it ain't Louis Lamour or Tom Clancey. But do I remember it?---no doubt about it!!

Apr 26, 2011

I'm under 30, watch tv, I know whats going on in the world.

I have no idea what is going on in this book. I stopped after the second disc. Basically no plotline, really weird drug references I'd have to think about.

I swear a lot, but this book was really vulgar.

Nov 24, 2010

Once thought of this book as holy. Great memories. Introduced the idea of language as virus.

Nov 02, 2009

this is a brutal saga of a heroin addict. the heroin addict. very difficult to establish context but if you have a short attention span you will love this dark and strange book


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

Trying to summarize Naked Lunch is about as difficult as threading a needle on a roller coaster. This book restores the original words of Burroughs famed novel involving his various encounters with seedy low-lifes, his friends, and his travels to the fictional Interzone as an agent.


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