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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    NOT a murder mystery!

    I try my best not to read the backs of books before I read them. I often find that they give away too much information before I even open the front cover. This book was the opposite. Let me quote, "A combination hard-boiled murder mystery and existentialist lament..." Well, I agree with that sencond part. In that regard it was brilliant. It kind of reminded me of "Rebel Without a Cause" in that it was a group of people living by a certian ideal then it just got out of hand, but in a subtle kind of way, if that makes sense. I was struck by the fact that even though they were more or less hoodlums, they were very cultured. They read books and went to French films, etc.

    What bothered me was that this book is in no way, shape or form a murder mystery. There is a murder, but it doesn't happen until the second to last chapter and we know exactly who did it and why he did it. When I realized this was the case (about half way though the book) I began to enjoy it a lot more. It was, however, and interesting journey getting there. I didn't know who the victim would be and it was fun trying to guess. I had theories, and I wasn't far off, but I didn't guess it.

    Please don't read it expecting a murder mystery. Read it expecting an itersting portrayal of a generation. I imagine it's a pretty accurate portrayal, as the authors lived during that time and could have been among that crowd.

    It's a great read, although a quick read, and I would recommend it any bibliofile! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

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    Brilliant

    I adore William S. Burroughs! His writing style may not be for everyone & many may think this book may be a little dry but this is an easy read & enjoyable. Having Kerouac & Burroughs together is any readers dream.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    Very Good Collaboration.

    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac was a true pleasure to read. I would not say that the book was a true thriller but it did have it's moments. Al's love for the heterosexual Phillip did lead to some interesting scenarios. What I really enjoyed about And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks was that it was a mirror into the world of the writers (the story is based on a fact) and how the party culture took center stage but did not dominate the story. Burroughs and Kerouac centered the story around six friends who would drink, eat and do drugs when they were not working or trying to work. I lived those days so I could relate. This story also makes the point that friendships do not always lead to positive situations (fights happen). Basically this story is told with the reality of human nature. Definately recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    It was a little slow at the beginning, but I thought it came tog

    It was a little slow at the beginning, but I thought it came together nicely. Loved it! I especially loved the back story behind the book. :)

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    One of the coolest novels

    It's such a good read, there is a mixture of both Jack and William in each chapter....... A must read for beat fans

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Great Novel

    Kerouac and Burroughs write alternating chapters in this long lost novel. Any fan of Beat writers or the generation I would definitely recommend. The books plot has roots in factual events, which add to the mystique. I personally loved it.

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  • Posted January 18, 2009

    Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs!

    And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is an early collaboration between celebrated writers Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. They have written, in alternating chapters, a fictionalized account of the summer when one of their friends murdered another of their friends. This is definately a novel of the Beat Generation, set in New York and full of drugs, alcohol, art and violence. The charcters are lost indiviuals, unsure of who they are or where they belong. <BR/>I usually have a hard time understanding this kind of book, the Beat Generation is one I just don't get. But I found the characters in this book more understandable and sympathetic. It gave me a taste of Kerouac and Burroughs early writing style that I appreciated. <BR/>I listened to the audio version of this book and Ray Porter does a good job distinguishing between the two narrators of the story.

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