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The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead (Burroughs, William S.) [Kindle Edition]

William S. Burroughs
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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (December 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003F8S754
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burrough's Best? March 11, 2001
At fourteen I read The Wild Boys and was completely in awe of William S. Burroughsgenius without knowing that others in the world were aware of his genius. Though disturbed and horrified by his imagery of a violent world of homosexual renegade boys, it did not tempt me to judge his work as merely pornographic or solely for those of prurient interests. As soon as I could find a source for procuring "The Naked Lunch"(a local Baptist college!), I tried to read it with the same expectations. Although certainly The Naked Lunch was an excellent work, I was disappointed, for I felt it never even came close in scope or power. Even years later, after having read quite a few of Burroughs books, I feel The Wild Boys to be unsurpassed in the Burroughsian Ouvre! When one of his works proves me wrong, I will write another review. Until then, reader beware, this book will change you, and maybe not for the better. But you will not remain neutral,for certain!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty standard for a post-Naked Lunch Burroughs novel December 29, 2004
Burroughs is basically a love-him-or-leave-him writer. Using a slightly more lucid version of his "cut-up" style, The Wild Boys is a book about a group of, well, wild boys rising up in the face of a very oppressive society. Yes, there is lots of sex, most of it homosexual, but once past that Burroughs shows some interesting sociological insight. Burroughs is a satirist at heart, and in this case he is clearly on the Boys' side as he tries to "expose" the bedroom lives of the Moral Majority. However, Wild Boys brings more with a clear message to rebel against these oppressive forces and enjoy life.

We begin the book with glimpses of the corruption of the oppressing classes in a fantastical estate resembling a strange Neverland ranch. Rich people are invited to a long stay by the host where they eat, hangglide, and have sex. The starving masses are locked outside and taunted by the estate staff.

Then, we move on to the Boys' who also have their own bizzare society, but Burroughs tries hard to write it in a much more positive light. Ritualistic and spiritual, the Boys band together and fight back for their freedom.

Burroughs adds some interesting styles to the mix. Color plays a huge role and are often used to describe characters and places. Many times whole pages are nothing more than the same passage in slightly different variations written repeatedly. Sometimes these experimentations are interesting, other times they are tiresome. The plot, such as it is, starts and stops throughout the book. Some of the chapters are quite lucid and describe the war between the millitary and the Wild Boy tribes; other chapters, and the basic theme in these repeats, deal only with a few characters as they throw caution to the wind and succumb to their homosexual desires.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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After reading Burroughs' more famous novel, Naked Lunch, I was interested but disappointed. Burroughs was much too high when he wrote it and many parts an incoherant. However, the lucid intervals were very well written and I wanted to read a book he wrote when he was more in control. The Wild Boys is that book. A poignant masterpiece that will push anyone who reads close to tears. Far better than Naked Lunch, anyone who thinks Burroughs was a one-trick pony should read it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not everyone's cup of tea... April 14, 2001
The back cover of my copy describes Wild Boys as 'an apocalyptic vision of global warefare' so I can understand one of the previous reviewer's surprise at finding the story populated by scantily-clad, homosexual boys. I wouldn't recommend this for first time Burroughs readers. Don't get me wrong - Wild Boys is an interesting read. In it you'll find some conventional narrative alongside examples of Burroughs' surrealist 'cut up' technique. It's hard to explain but certain phrases will recur throughout a chapter in varying contexts. It gives his writing a dreamy, sometimes profound, sometimes non-sensical quality. Read 'Wild Boys' if you think you might appreciate this. Otherwise, go for one of his more conventional pieces like 'Junky' or 'Queer'. Both of these are relatively straight-forward and largely autobiographical so you'll learn a bit about the author as well. (Oddly enough, 'Queer' content is less explicit than some of the images Burroughs will confront you with in 'Wild Boys'.)
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Satan, I will destroy you forever!"-The General January 4, 2002
I was trying to refrain from doing a Burroughs review 'cause Burroughs is brilliant and there would just be too much to talk about and if I simplified it it would sound like the other reviews and then this would be a big whammpit-sized waste of time right. In saying that pointless phrase I mastered the art of stream-of-conciousness, something William Seward Burroughs is renowned or. I must say, WSB was a big influence on my lyrical style that is in my music...I only have 5 of his books and have read Cities Of THe Red Night, but those alone only grasp part of his chaotic journey in literature. Alright, enough blabbering in hero worship, something the man himself was against...
Although mellowed and not as controversial as previous books, THe Wild Boys is still truly awesome. The main plot when there is one centers around a variety of boys from all around the globe joining together (often engaging in destructive homosexual imagery, which WSB explains in vivid detail) and devising up beautiful if primative ways of tearing down the system and preparing for the cataclysmic wave of catharsis that is apocalypse. Nothing Burroughs writes can come to any real good. He;s not trying to make the world a better more peaceful place, he's trying to come to terms with the varied forms of violence and insanity inside all of us, and essentially creating something that transcends all boundaries and leaves out practically nothing. He's a literary genius and packs so many lucid descriptions of his mesmeric apocalyptic world and the wild people that inhibit it, but can also rise from these often free flowing images to produce feircely dark humour (Something seen more so in Naked Lunch, you can pick your finger at random sections and find something any morbid mind will laugh with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
For five stars I would like the cover from the 1908's edition
Published 3 months ago by Dalex
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild indeed....not for everyone
If you are a homophobe don't read this. If you don't like sex in books don't read this. However, if those don't apply to you, this is a most unique read, like nothing I've read... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gen R.
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down
...but only because I was so eager to discover the point. Very strage and disturbing book. Not sure I would recommend it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Wayne E. Schrader
5.0 out of 5 stars all good
the product arrived in perfect conditions. it took the necessary time to get to my address. there was no need to contact the sender. i am really satisfied with this purchase.
Published 21 months ago by Alain
5.0 out of 5 stars Dim jerky stars are blowing away across a gleaming empty sky...
"The Wild Boys" is Burroughs' strangest novel-- and that's saying something. It may also be his saddest book, as from a writer's standpoint one can almost feel the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by Seam
4.0 out of 5 stars Is there beauty in the sewer?
I sometimes wonder what people saw in William Burroughs when he first fell out of the sky with "Naked Lunch". Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars To Disturb Your Sleep
I was something of an innocent when I read The Wild Boys and it gave me nightmares. The staccato, choppy plot is too disjointed to ever really allow anything to come to a close so... Read more
Published on February 4, 2008 by Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Armed and dangerous
This novel reminds me of Kevin Esser's Dance of the Warriors and of the Venezuelan movie Sicario. They all deal with worlds in which gangs of teenagers are engaged in violence and... Read more
Published on March 4, 2004 by "sfoster29"
5.0 out of 5 stars "Time to move into first place..."
A square - a story inside other stories - the interaction of ghosts with the living - and the living with being reborn.
This was the first Burroughs I'd read. Read more
Published on January 26, 2004 by Akethan
1.0 out of 5 stars You All Are Beatnik Sheep
Quite simply this was the most tastless and ignorant piece of literature I have ever read. It seemed as if the book felt like convoluting any actual storyline with scenes of... Read more
Published on January 6, 2003 by "peanutbutterchicken"
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