The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead

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The Wild Boys is a futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. Making full use of his inimitable humor, wild imagination, and style, Burroughs creates a world that is as terrifying as it is fascinating.

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Overview

The Wild Boys is a futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. Making full use of his inimitable humor, wild imagination, and style, Burroughs creates a world that is as terrifying as it is fascinating.

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Booknews
Burroughs' coolly brilliant, futuristic tale of global warfare, in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states, was first published in 1971. Every college and university library must have all of Burroughs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
Saturday Review
"Burroughs has never written better of the flying psyche, never more vividly of the loathsome circumstances it flees. Wild Boys is brutal hagiography, a book of demons saints purged of hope or desire. They are one collective hero, the culmination of Burroughs's passion for the detached and abstract. Through them he captures the vibrations of total blankness, the sensation of freedom in a psychic nowhere."
Los Angeles Times
"The Wild Boys is certainly Burroughs's most accessible book since Naked Lunch! It's also his boldest experiment and, perhaps, finest achievement, the work of a brilliant mind that has mellowed but remained very much in tune with the crackle of the universe."
Rolling Stone
"An ethereally beautiful book"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802133311
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Burroughs, William S. Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 193
  • Sales rank: 406,811
  • Product dimensions: 8.18 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

A wanderer and a literary experimentalist, William S. Burroughs is the Beat writer who outlived most of his contemporaries to become the literary symbol of a dispossessed, rock n' roll mentality. His rollercoaster existence made for good semifictional reading, but he also innovated the narrative form with his fragmentary, brash style.

Biography

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) -- guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists -- had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    "An ethereally beautiful book"

    Don't listen to the other reviewers on this site. To quote Rolling Stone,
    "An ethereally beautiful book".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    The Wild Boys: A Book of Obscenities

    This book was one of the most disturbing and incoherent pieces of literary garbage that I have ever read. It was a pornographic display of fourteen year old boys containing obscene homosexual descriptions that I did not need to read in my life time. The only reason why I finished reading this book was because I was desperately trying to figure out what it was about. At the conclusion, I still had no idea. Maybe this was a bad Burroughs book to start with, but I guarantee that I won't be reading any more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2005

    One of the worst books I've ever almost read

    It is rare for me to quit a book, but this one is so bad, I didn't even make it past the 20th page. My first and last Burroughs book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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