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A surrealistic sci-fi novel of a gang of criminals aiming for world domination. It's the third book of the “Nova Police” trilogy.
“Hypnotic . . . outrageous. [Burroughs] can think of the wildest parodies of erotic exuberance and invent the weirdest places for demonstrating them.” —Harper’s
“Burroughs is first and foremost a poet. His attunement to contemporary language is probably unequalled in American writing. Anyone with a feeling for English phrase at its most balanced, concise, and arresting, cannot fail to see this excellence.”—Terry Southern
“Burroughs writes with a beauty and efficiency unmatched by any living writer.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Macabre, funny, reverberant, grotesque.”—The New York Review of Books
Posted June 10, 2001
It was recently listed that a 'restored' version of Naked Lunch will be issued in August from the executor of his estate, with new names as 'editors'. Seems like that in the 40 printings or so of Naked Lunch during Burroughs lifetime, he would have 'restored' it. Amazing marketing technique--take a classic, change the introduction, hire someone to 'edit' a few things--gets your name on a product as 'editor'. Let's hope that the 'edited' On the Road or Howl doesn't follow. Perhaps the owners of those classics have the taste to keep their names from the covers. Remember, Kerouac and Ginsberg edited Naked Lunch. Even they were not on the cover during Burroughs lifetime. Be ready to read both again--but that's the sales plan. Marketing the Beats...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.