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The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead
     

The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead

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by William S. Burroughs
 

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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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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"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802197191
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Series:
Burroughs, William S.
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
193
Sales rank:
652,009
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was one of the foremost writers of the Beat Generation. He is best known for his experimental novel Naked Lunch, a subversive and highly controversial book that underwent a court case under the U.S. sodomy laws. In 1983, Burroughs was elected to the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and in 1984 he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. In addition to writing, he also collaborated on numerous projects and recordings.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 4, 1914
Date of Death:
August 2, 1997
Place of Birth:
St. Louis, Missouri
Place of Death:
Lawrence, Kansas
Education:
Los Alamos Ranch School; A.B., Harvard University, 1936; graduate study, 1938

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The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BWNY More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to the other reviewers on this site. To quote Rolling Stone, "An ethereally beautiful book".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.