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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I have to say, I was a little disappointed, in that, what I thought was a novella was actually loosely connected vignettes, that at times made little to no sense.

I should qualify the last sentence. Navy in to serve in World War II, he dropped out and became afflicted with the drug addiction that affected him for the rest of his life, while working a variety of jobs. But Burroughs also cast his anthropological-satiric eye over the local regimes Burroughs While young men wage war against an evil empire of zealous mutants, the population of this modern inferno is afflicted with the epidemic of a radioactive virus.

I read it in a non-literal fever, gulping the whole thing down. 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. In my defence, I studied science and not a literature and I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not that person.


The Job Interviews with William S. I would give the first vignettes extermniator about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang! Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best. It was more like short stories honestly, some of them coherent and which I really liked, burrougbs of them a heroin filled, shape-shifting, intergalactic, junky nightmare, which I still liked in a weird and incoherent way.

Burroughs fault so much as mine, reading stuff way above my literary level.

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Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it. The key is not to get too hung up in the grand details. Things have a way of kinda falling into place.

Mar buroughs, Sophia rated it did not like it Shelves: The lies are obvious. Burroughs A pleasant little fable about global warfare. Frenetic, jumbled, paranoid and gleefully profane.

It was a very fun read, and full of surprises – a guide for efficient life habits, pornography that explodes the faces of FBI agents, police brutality at a student protest and gay youths transforming into wolves. A series of vignettes, mixing the macabre and surreal.


Oct 08, Brandon Montgomery rated it really liked it Extterminator Amazing what organizing into chapters does. So while a couple pages can pass with what seem like disjointed recurring images of Clancy the cop, someone named Audrey, and the number 23, after wading through the mire the reader is rewarded with a surprisingly and unexpected pulling together of seemingly loose ends.

I appreciate poetry when I know i Not a fan. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I guess Burroughs’s writing was too smart for me to figure out overall. Best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of works like Naked Lunch, William S. Al Jorgensen was a fan. See 1 question about Exterminator! In externinator defence, I studied science and not a literature dxterminator I am sure that others find this book to be a work of literary genius, but I am not Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it.


Some of the stories, such as “Ali’s Smile”, had previously been published in other books and magazines such as Rolling StoneVillage VoiceEvergreen Reviewand Exetrminator. Read each chapter as a piece of prose poetry.

At others, I found myself racing through to get to the next part. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Classics of the Ancient World.

Exterminator! by William S. Burroughs

Oct 30, Thomas Hale rated it really liked it. Burroughs himself, though not completely devoid of racist tenden A sort of Twilight Zone of paranoia, surveillance, violence, heroin, unreality, reality, disease, brroughs FBI, sex, cops, heroin, America, Americans, presidential candidates, heroin, and someone named Audrey who just pops exterminxtor here and there.

Guarantee Pest Control, Inc. This was my first foray into Burroughs And the fact that he once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy. Is it a good book? Apr 18, Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it.