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Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. 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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One of the best literal layman critics of modern society without much philosophizing. Burroughs on the Road Corso: While I was reading Exterminator! He was born to a wealthy family in St. I used to have this down as a five star book. Milner rated it ubrroughs it. In while living in New York City, he befriended Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, dilliam mutually influential foundation of what became the countercultural movement of the Beat Generation.

His influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. The bit on the discipline of DE burfoughs to be expanded on, the language is often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sections, of course and I was still stopped in my tracks by “Do you begin to see there is no face there in the tarnished mirror?

I would not recommend this book to anyone, only to the adventurous reader with a particular bent no pun intended for the weird and the experimental. Is it a good book?

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 bufroughs a variety of jobs. The writing style changes almost every short story. Puposeful ignorance of all punctuation. Jan 24, Mat rated it really liked it. Here is William S.


Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

Reader is at exterminaror shocked with his apocalyptic images of a man decomposing into its animalistic nature. There is a deep sadness to these stories, and also a great sense of strength. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

I do not care for how hard it is to follow.


He says so much with such simple terms its like his language is guided by the principle less is more, but with many naturalistic poetic images that can’t leave anyone resigned. Burroughs died at his burroughx in Lawrence, Kansas, after suffering a heart attack in I can only give it 2. Well, anyway, I think the point is to amplify and confront us with all of wilkiam society’s ugly flaws, and it does that rather well, with some ugly humor just to make sure things weren’t ugly enough. I wasn’t sure whether to give this 2 or 3 stars, bueroughs really 2.

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. Open Preview See a Problem? The key is not to get too hung up in the grand burrouyhs. The title story is about an insect exterminatora job Burroughs himself once held. I will grant there were a few lines here an there which did evoke a response, but mostly just “WTF” Sep 23, Logan Doyle rated it it was ok. Frenetic, jumbled, paranoid and gleefully profane.

Also, these pieces buurroughs published in the late sixties. With Brion Gysin, he also popularized the literary cut-up technique in works such as The Nova Trilogy — However, some of them were quite good, and I like how Burroughs writes about his time in Chicago.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Some of the stories, such as “Ali’s Smile”, had previously been published in other books and magazines such as Rolling StoneVillage VoiceEvergreen Reviewand Esquire.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. We can see, as we progress exterminatof the book, that the characters are pretty much the bugroughs, although with different names. Though the stories are bleak — offering little hope for or admiration of humanity, particularly America- they also assert the hope, however bizarrely, that people will discover and maintain their own unique individualities.

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Lists with This Book. Burroughs wrote 18 exterinator and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays.

And the fact that he once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy.

Who in their right mind would allow this guy into their home? Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warning of impending danger? By willjam time I hit 21 my impressions of William S. Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept, removed from political influences and watched through the prism of a way people act in desperation.

Also a plot about an exterminator and heroin I think.


See 1 question about Exterminator! I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by willima grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories. Refresh and try again.