Burroughs Collecting. Roughly copies were printed in the first edition, and I would gather that few of even the most dedicated Burroughs fans have ever read it. Many people get this slim volume confused with the more common Exterminator! Readers who go beyond Naked Lunch and Junkie are probably familiar with Exterminator!
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Exterminator! Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas. A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors all play their parts in this mosaiclike, experimental novel.
Here is William S. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published by Penguin first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Exterminator! Where in the book can I find the quote See 1 question about Exterminator!
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Exterminator! Jan 10, RandomAnthony rated it liked it. By the time I hit 21 my impressions of William S. Burroughs included: 1. Al Jorgensen was a fan. I remember a picture of the two together. Short guy with a hat. Burroughs killing his wife while trying to shoot an apple off her head.
Ministry had gone all loud by then and everybody in Chicago knew Jorgensen was a prick. So I stayed away from Burroughs for a couple decades until Tadpole and a couple others mentioned his work in a positive light. And then I saw Exterminator! And then I read Exterminator! I should qualify the last sentence. I checked. So why is The Exterminator! Well, I could see someone trying to imitate Burroughs by stringing together nonsense and curse words but Burroughs is much smarter and more controlled than any imitators.
So while a couple pages can pass with what seem like disjointed recurring images of Clancy the cop, someone named Audrey, and the number 23, after wading through the mire the reader is rewarded with a surprisingly and unexpected pulling together of seemingly loose ends.
Also, these pieces were published in the late sixties. Take that, hippies! Oh, this book is technically a novel, according to the cover, but…um…maybe. I found The Exterminator! From what I understand The Exterminator! View all 8 comments. Nov 25, Hakim rated it really liked it Shelves: weird , flirt-with-perfection. Stepping into the labyrinth that is William S. Burroughs' imagination, memories and mind is a truly unique experience.
Rarely have I read stories so beautifully written, so original and thrilling Wind die. You die. We die. What fascinates me most is the way the author makes this experimental novel autobiographical. I would not recommend this book to anyone, only to the adventurous reader with a particular bent no pun intended for the weird and the experimental.
View 1 comment. Oct 23, Tosh rated it it was amazing. The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S. And the fact that he once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy. Who in their right mind would allow this guy into their home? Jan 24, Mat rated it really liked it. When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good 'un. I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang!
I do get the feeling thou When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good 'un.
I do get the feeling though, like some other reviewers of Burroughs' work have pointed out before, that he was immensely pessimistic some might argue realistic? There are also early signs even here during a relatively early work of Burroughs of his latter-day environmentalism and humanism, which is celebrated in novels such as Ghost of Chance and The Cat Inside , two books, incidentally, which I read just last month and hence still fresh in my mind.
There are moments when Burroughs comes across as abrasively repetitive such as the 'nigger-hating sheriff' character who seems to make an appearance in almost every Burroughs novel. I felt like saying, "ok William, we get the point". While I was reading Exterminator! I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by the grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories. Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warning of impending danger?
And to give credit where it is due, Burroughs is quite right and quite justified in sounding the alarm. If anything, times have gotten worse. Remember that back in at the height of Cuban missile crisis, we were only moments away from possible nuclear disaster.
One of the funniest moments in this book is when a Burroughs' character says that "we need to watch the commies. At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria. These days I hate to say, it might be slightly more 'real', well for me at least as I sit in an office in Tokyo and write this. In summary, some of the short stories in here present nothing all that new that we haven't seen before from Burroughs but there are a few real diamonds to be found here.
Sep 23, Laoirse rated it it was amazing. I liked this book much more than Burrough's "Naked Lunch". Firstly, it's not written in that airtihgt vocabuLary wich is understandable only to author and a few drug addicts.
It has a pretty decent fable in a form of short stories. We can see, as we progress through the book, that the characters are pretty much the same, although with different names. But what I liked the most about the book is the way Burroughs speaks about humanity and revolution.
He says so much with such simple terms its lik I liked this book much more than Burrough's "Naked Lunch". He says so much with such simple terms its like his language is guided by the principle less is more, but with many naturalistic poetic images that can't leave anyone resigned. Reader is at least shocked with his apocalyptic images of a man decomposing into its animalistic nature.
Burroughs and first published in Early editions label the book a novel. It is not to be confused with The Exterminator , another collection of stories Burroughs published in in collaboration with Brion Gysin. Some of the stories, such as "Ali's Smile", had previously been published in other books and magazines such as Rolling Stone , Village Voice , Evergreen Review , and Esquire. The title story is about an insect exterminator , a job Burroughs himself once held.
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