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The Place of Dead Roads: A Novel Paperback – May 4, 2001
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“It's a comedy . . . a nightmare . . . Bosch-like visions, extraordinarily precise vivid visualizations . . . outrageous ideas like mind bombs.” ―Allen Ginsberg
“Powerful . . . a raging torrent of words and images . . . Burroughs, like Dalí, first draws from his insanity, then selects with reason. And what a master of the mother tongue he is--sculpted sentences, poetic prose, riffs that make you gasp in amazement . . . More accessible and murkily poetic than ever.” ―Los Angeles Times Book Review
“One of the wildest rides into the Wild West, and other parts known and unknown, we will ever have.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“A moving personal saga as well as a record of revolutionary vision.” ―Chicago Tribune Book World
About the Author
William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's Naked Lunch―which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include Junky and Cities of the Red Night (Picador).
Top Customer Reviews
Knowing the real SW landscape of the Yew knighted states made the book all the more readable.
Should be anyone's first read of Burroughs' stuff and if you've read Naked Lunch Queer or the cut-up trilogy you definitely need to read The Place of Dead Roads . . .
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Can't go wrong with ol' Bill. A must read for Burroughs fans.Published on August 3, 2014 by Sue Lang
This book will be a little Advante Guarde, and hard to undersatand for a lot of readers. The main characters ability as a crack shot, and the some what odd cast of characters he... Read morePublished on October 9, 2013 by Mike Dirksen
In my opinion William S. Burroughs was one of the greatest authors of the 20th century.
In this masterpiece the author weaves an incredible series of vignettes,... Read more
the book starts off well with some deft writing on wild west style duels and guns--burroughs knows his shootin' irons. Read morePublished on January 31, 2002 by michael fowler
This may be the most accessible of all of Burrough's books, and proves his brilliant command of the language. Read morePublished on September 7, 2001 by Lee Higgs
WILLIAM BURROUGHS AT HIS BEST, PERIOD. DOING HIS VERY OWN VERSION OF NIETSZCHE'S "THE GENEALOGY OF MORAL", BURROUGHS TAKES US ON A TIME AND SPACE SPANNING TRIP TROUGH THE... Read morePublished on February 15, 2001 by JOTAROU JOESTAR