does anyone else think the prose in this book is really interesting? the edgelord stuff is kind of annoying (although its passable due to its age imo) but Burroughs can really lay down some diction+syntax
Agreed. Burroughs was a master of form in my opinion. He aimed for obscenity for a reason however, and if you dislike that you disagree with the statement of the book rather than the skill with which it was crafted.
a lot of what people miss about this book going past the drugs and the homosexuality and the edge is its about systems of power and control. The removal of the other which allows humanity to systemically contribute to unchecked political power systems
I read it in 9th grade (for what reason I cannot remember), and it fucking blew my mind in many different ways. I had never come close to experiencing something that obscene and shocking, I couldn't stop reading it.
I think it did a lot for me, reading it when I did. I learned what books can really be, more than just a story laid out in a linear fashion, but something that can disgust you beyond words, but in a way that draws you in.
I can understand people who wouldn't like it, or people who would say it's "edgy", but at the time it was published, it was incredibly important, pushing the boundaries of what our culture would allow, for probably the last time. It really broke through the last barrier of the nonsense morality committees who would ban books. And for me especially, it broke through all of my notions of what a book could do.
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