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In his extraordinary introduction, Burroughs reflects on the shattering events in his life that lay behind this work.
Posted August 22, 2009
Posted April 8, 2003
Not as good as Junky or Naked Lunch, but still a fairly groundbreaking novel by one of our premiere queer writers. Surreal, in your face, that's burroughs.
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Posted September 23, 2002
I found queer to be a dissapointment. I loved Junky, and it is one of my favorite books, but queer was a let down. It takes place after junky ends and we follow William Lee around with his fascination with Eugene Allerton and his trip to South America. But the story isn't that interesting. There is more of a plot here than there was in junky, but I found Lee's struggles with heroin much more fascinating than his obssession over the boring Allerton. queer is told from an outside narrator rather than from Lee's perspective, and as a result, the voice that helped make junky so great is missing. It just doesn't match with the standards Burroughs set when he wrote Junky. If you are a Beat scholar, then this is a book you should read (it is one of Burroughs important works) or if you study gay literature, then you should read this. If you're just looking for a good book, reread Junky. Perhaps the reason it took so long for it to get published has something to do with how bad the book it. It was a controversial topic at the time, but maybe if it had been better written, we would have seen it sooner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2009
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