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Thread: Junky by William S. Burroughs

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    Junky by William S. Burroughs

    This book is a Semi-Autobiographical tale of how the author first tried heroin and consequently became addicted; the book follows his time in New York, New Orleans, and Mexico.

    I still haven't made it through Naked Lunch and if your looking for a similar read this is not the book. It is written in a very straightforward almost detached manner, it neither condemns nor glorifies drug use instead just tells of the authors experiences.

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    Junky is unusual in several ways. Not many junkies can manage to write anything, much less a pretty good action story. It also reports from the inside about the drug scene in the late 1940's. And it is the first book written by Mr Burroughs. I read it years ago, so I don't recall the details. It is said to be almost completely autobiographical, not "semi-autobiographical".
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    I'll leave it in the words of the author: "The narrative is fiction, but it is based on facts of my experience."
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    Ok, I just bought the book. I'll join you later, papaya.

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    My friend got this for Christmas and was telling me some crazy stories about it - and about the author. I just might have to read...

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a great little read for me. The book got me interested in Burroughs, and I picked up 'Naked Lunch', which I believe is his most famous work.

    Though as already said, 'Naked Lunch' is nothing like 'Junky', and personally I didn't enjoy it that much and was unable to finish the book. I might have another go at reading it one day though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by papayahed View Post
    I'll leave it in the words of the author: "The narrative is fiction, but it is based on facts of my experience."
    W. S. Burroughs was a junky, which means that he can't be trusted.

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    I also started "Naked Lunch" and gave up, but read "Junkie" with, perhaps not enjoyment, but, certainly, with rapt interest! Try and get a copy with the introduction by Will Self.

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