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William Burroughs – The Ticket That Exploded | Review

Title: The Ticket That Exploded

Author: William Burroughs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 168

Rating: 6/10


William Burroughs - The Ticket That Exploded

William Burroughs – The Ticket That Exploded


This is one of William Burroughs’ more experimental works, and that says a lot – he’s not exactly a mainstream writer of literary fiction, more like a crazy old wordsmith who forged books by bashing words together.

The Ticket That Exploded is typically chaotic, with plenty of mentions of penises and rectums, and while I had no idea what was actually happening, with Burroughs you don’t really need to. Besides, as the second book in Burroughs’ ‘Nova trilogy‘, it was written using the cut-up method – it’s not supposed to make sense.

Let me explain – Burroughs experimented by cutting out lines of his manuscript and re-arranging them, and by recording lines and then cutting and pasting the recordings until a new composite whole was formed. He then based parts of the manuscript on this new amalgam. It’s fascinating, really – he even detailed the process in the novel.


William Burroughs

William Burroughs


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