Title: Port of Saints
Author: William Burroughs
Page Count/Review Word Count: 174
Port of Saints is one of Burroughs’ shorter, slightly less experimental stories – it’s easier on the brain than his other work, but it’s still not exactly light reading. Interestingly enough, Port of Saints is pivotal in that it’s the meeting point between many of his earlier characters and a whole host of new characters who were to reappear in later books.
Like many other Burroughs novels, the narrative is episodic, presented in the form of multiple plot-lines which coexist and shuffle together, so that half of the time you’re not even sure which story-line you’re dealing with. Not that that matters – Burroughs work is avant-garde and experimental, and the isolated chapters allow you a quick glimpse in to the hellish dystopia that plagued the writer’s junkie imagination.
While it’s short and sweet, Port of Saints probably isn’t the best starting point for someone that’s new to Burroughs – start with Naked Lunch instead, perhaps.