Title: Naked Lunch
Author: William Burroughs
Page Count/Review Word Count: 201
Burroughs is known for his expletive-laden, sexually explicit, crazy and half-nonsensical novels, and Naked Lunch is the best of the best, the novel that catapulted him in to the limelight as the insane writer who created artworks by firing shotgun shells at tins of paint.
Now, I’m not going to bore you with the details and go heavily in to the plot, because quite frankly, half of the time I had no idea what was happening. That’s the strange, surreal beauty of Burroughs’ work – you can quite easily finish reading a novel and have no understanding of the story-line, you’ll just know that you enjoyed it and be filled with the sense of accomplishment that’s the reward for finishing a book.
In fact, the opium use and black market drug deals serve as short windows in to the bizarre world that Burroughs’ characters occupy – he even said that he wrote it so that the chapters could be read in any order. If you decide to buy it, read it from first to last – it makes it easier to remember where you are.