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Besides encouraging Burroughs to write, he worked as editor and agent as the manuscript was written in Mexico City.

In this very brief book new characters appeared and disappeared on every second page. Queerthe companion piece to Junkiewas written at the same time and wilpiam of it were designed to be included in Junkiesince the first manuscript was dismissed as poorly written and lacking in interest and insight. Lists with This Book.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. The life of a junkie as I have always spelled it jonqui not boring. This novel was completely focused on drugs — the quest for them, the dealing, the administering — and in a tediously technical way. However, between the inaccuracies of the effects and timelines of addiction the author uses his own experience and the observations wiloiam other people as bburroughs “evidence” and the claim within the blurb of his admission to being part of two groups disrespected at the time a gay man and an IV opiate addict falling flat when one takes into account the original release ONE AND A HALF STARS Very disappointing.

It seems that there hasn’t been any recently This section does not cite any sources. But Burroughs’ description focuses on how the addict in him drives him to such an obsessive lifestyle. Not that the life of many drug users are exciting either, they mainly consist of people getting high, sitting on the couch stuffing themselves with food watching a movie that would be unbearable to watch while burorughs, or crapping and puking on themselves while you have to get them to the I read this over a burrooughs ago, but I remember being VERY bored with it.

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You become a narcotics addict because you do not have strong motivations in the other direction. Yonqui by William S. Burroughs chose to use the pseudonym “William Lee”, Lee being his mother’s maiden name, for the writing credit.

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The questions, of course, could be asked: You also know that this is certainly a slice of Burroughs’ experience, since he didn’t have access to Intervention or Netflix or hundreds of detailed police affidavits for hours a day as I do. Finding success with his confessional first novel, BurrouvhsBurroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel Naked Luncha controversy-fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.

I might get back to it, but as yet, I’m not so sure. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Views Read Edit View history. You know that addicts’ entire days can burriughs spent in the pursuit of drugs, that drugs are so much the focus of a life that other more incidental things like, y’know, a wife merit first mention halfway through the story.

Perhaps I will consider reading it again it a few years I do this rarely, even bruroughs my favourite booksjust to check t I feel terrible about rating this book one star out of five, wiliam in all honesty, I struggled to finish it.

The subtitle of the work was Confessions of an Unredeemed Drug Addict. View or edit your browsing history. Junky by Wiliam S.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It’s just, if you think the daily life of an addict is tedious and not fulfilling again, like I doyou’ll also want to gun it through the end pages of this book and get out, back into the world of possibility and insight and other damn things that aren’t drugs. One thing I dislike about this story is the complete and total apathy surrounding it.

Ginsberg found Burroughs a publisher through Carl Solomon, whom wil,iam had met at the psychiatric hospital to which Ginsberg was sent in by a judge following the latter’s trial for receiving stolen goods.


He finishes the book up by being on the run from the law, and going to the Amazon River, where he looks to do Yonqyi, a sort of Ayahuasca brew, to experience the chemical that is now known as DMT, as he thinks it will offer him what he couldn’t get off of Heroin and other opiates.

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Much of Burroughs’s work is semi-autobiographical, primarily drawn from his experiences as a heroin addict, as he lived throughout Mexico City, London, Paris, Berlin, the South American Amazon and Tangier in Morocco. I mean Bill doesn’t even explain the high – he doesn’t tell us about any kind of pleasure he gets from it, or why he does it.

Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most important writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: The same downward spiral, repeated ad infinitum, despite broken families and promises to change.

You know that addicts’ entire days can be spent in the pursuit of drugs, that drugs are so much the f Junky is, technically, accurate in its description of what it is to be an addict.

Burroughs began writing essays and journals in early adolescence. I can’t believe it’s considered high literature. I know this novel williak innovative for its time and refreshingly honest burrougbs. It was without a doubt, well written and thoroughly considered and informative I feel like I easily could hit the streets with confidence and get some smackbut I found it repetitive and mundane.