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The Yage Letters Paperback – January 1, 2001
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Written 7 years later, there are a few letters from Ginsberg, questioning his experience with Yage and asking for Burrough's advise. He had a deeper and scarier experience than LSD and was afraid of entering deeper and deeper into the realm he was heading. And wrote some good poetic thoughts in his confusion. Apparently all went well with a later 1963 letter showing strength again and experiential confidence.
Incidentally, this search took place directly after Burroughs had fled from Mexico after the accidental death of his wife at his own hand. Although there are many jewels to be found in this small book for the dedicated fan of Burroughs' work, they are spread throughout with many tedious, repetitious and confusing entries. Ginsburg's contribution, which I hoped would lend a voice of explanation to the letters, is instead a spasmolytic account of his own experience on the same drug, seemingly penned when still under the influence of it.
All in all, an interesting account of one of America's most important author's experiences traveling through Latin and South America in the early 50's--a time of great upheaval and fervor in that region. Highly recommended for Burroughs fanatics and seems to prefigure his work Cities of the Red Night. However, for those not yet familar with his revolutionary writing style I recommend Cities of the Red Night, and Junky.
Unfortunately for me, the majority of the letters discuss the adventures getting to and finding Yage, as opposed to the experience itself.
That said, the letters are entertaining and insightful into both men's life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best collection of letters I have ever read, next to The Letters of William S. Burroughs. Bill's letters to Allen really TAKE YOU THERE, as he once said about Colette. Read morePublished on June 2, 2000 by John Owens
The Yage Letters was a correspondence between William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. Burroughs describes his ongoing search for the ancient drug, starting in Mexico, and finishing... Read morePublished on April 16, 2000 by Rayv
Come on guys! Does it really matter what, if anything, Burroughs was on? The book is a slick pile of cold and raspy commentary from an extremely defensive--one might say... Read morePublished on March 17, 2000
Words came so easily to Burroughs--it reminds me that the computer revolution is steamrolling right over the art of good letter writing. Read morePublished on June 22, 1999
He was under the influence of Yage...not drunk.......that is what the book is about....YAGE!!!!!!
bURROUGHS WAS A TRUE GENIUS