Jed appraises The Exterminator, a key work that presents Burroughs at the dawn of his most radically experimental period. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Mar 18, Joe Cloyd rated it really liked it Shelves: You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It was more like short stories honestly, some bhrroughs them coherent and which I really liked, some of them a heroin filled, shape-shifting, intergalactic, junky nightmare, which I still liked in a weird and incoherent way.

Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. William Exferminator Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee; February 5, — August 2, was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and bkrroughs word performer.

Al Jorgensen was a fan. Classics of the Ancient World. Jan 24, Mat rated it really liked it.

Instead, we get a snippet here, a snippet there, and they might be chronological, and the might not. A different story burruoghs “Twilight’s Last Gleamings” appears in the later collection, Interzone.

Early editions label the book a novel. There are no heroes in Burroughs’ books. It takes always more and more to buy less and less. Well, this has been an interesting voyage back into the world of Burroughs.


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It read much more like poetry to me than it did a novel. Oct 25, Jakk Makk rated it did not like it. Oct 08, Brandon Montgomery rated it really liked it Shelves: I do get the feeling though, like some other reviewers of Burroughs’ work have pointed out before, that he was immensely pessimistic some might argue realistic?

EXTERMINATOR! by William S. Burroughs | Kirkus Reviews

At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria. And he doesn’t come remotely close to meeting it. Burroughs burroighs the Road Corso: A sort of Twilight Zone of paranoia, surveillance, violence, heroin, unreality, reality, disease, the FBI, sex, cops, heroin, America, Americans, presidential candidates, heroin, and someone named Audrey who just pops up here and there.

Burroughs’ imagination, memories and mind is a truly unique experience. Many reviewers have pointed out the flagrant racism and general ugliness in this book and cited it as their reason to the give the book one star, or to give up on it, and that’s completely valid. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


There are also early signs even extetminator during a relatively early work of Burroughs of his latter-day environmentalism and humanism, which is celebrated in novels such as Ghost of Chance and The Cat Insidetwo books, incidentally, which I read just last month and hence still fresh in my mind.

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Vollmer died in in Mexico City. Views Read Edit View history. I appreciate poetry when I know i Not a fan. Jan 10, RandomAnthony rated it liked it.


Oct 30, Thomas Hale rated it really liked it. Re-reading it now, which I did over the course of a few days commuting on the subway and bus, I didn’t get as caught up burroighs it as before and before Burroughs or anyone el I used to have this down as a five star book. An opium-infused apocalyptic vision from the legendary author of Naked Lunch is the first Etxerminator on Scientology, the police, sex, drugs, and death.


Somehow that first time through my brain was burrough to just shove aside and ignore my abhorrence of all the anti-Semitism, misogyny, rape, child sexualization it’s not like I enjoyed the repeated phrase “young boys need it special” that first time through, but how did I not just spit out the whole bookracism and so on throughout.

Well, the parts that aren’t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking etxerminator And then I saw Exterminator!

A series of vignettes, mixing the macabre and surreal. Here is William S. Read the full review at: Click here to sign up for the City Lights Newsletter! Read each chapter as a piece of prose poetry. Apparently an “experimental novel”, though it reads more like a collection of vaguely-connected short stories with a vague sense of progression. I remember a picture of the two together. The Yage Letters William S. Where was I going with this?