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Exterminatorwas a very rewarding read 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., Twilight s Last Gleamings, The Coming of the Purple Better One, Seeing Red, They Do Not Always Remember , so weird The Lemon Kid, Short Trip Home, Davy Jones, The Perfect Servant, Reddies , so thought provoking Astronaut s return, Johnny 23, The Discipline of DE, Friends, The End and so moving The Priest They Called Him 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. I used to have this down as a five star book I went to reread it, and it was a lot worse than I remembered Part of this is just context, inthan one way the first time I read Exterminatorwas basically all in one go late at night in a tent while camping I read it in a non literal fever, gulping the whole thing down Re reading it now, which I did over the course of a few days commuting on the subway and bus, I didn t get as caught up in it as before and before Burroughs or anyone else insinuates that I min the grip of Control now, or something, I should add that I was muchso back then anyway, both in terms of what I did for work and my own personal politics understanding of the world Somehow that first time through my brain was able to just shove aside and ignore my abhorrence of all the anti Semitism, misogyny, rape, child sexualization it s not like I enjoyed the repeated phrase young boys need it special that first time through, but how did I not just spit out the whole book , racism and so on throughout I guess maybe on some level I bought into the bullshit Burroughs spreads here about subversive art which, honestly, even if some of this was at the time, it s possible to outlive your context, you know , but I m sure even then I was aware there s a big gap between censorship and thinking it s fine and dandy to normalize fucking kids Also, while I did know about Burroughs murdering his wife Joan Vollmer, I didn t know about a lot of the other shit he and Ginsberg got up to And yes, I think that is a valid part of how I feel about this and Burroughs other books another writer s Burroughs references actually prompted me to write about it recently, and I stand by what I say there.So why two stars Well, the parts that aren t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking good You can t give zero stars here, and Exterminatoris legitimatelyworthwhile than books that are just as awful butpoorly written The bit on the discipline of DE begged to be expanded on, the language is often startlingly vivid even in the shitty sections, of course and I was still stopped in my tracks by Do you begin to see there is no face there in the tarnished mirror Nobody s saying Burroughs had to be a saint or only write about nice things to write good books or be worth reading, it s actually a pretty fucking low bar for him to meet And he doesn t come remotely close to meeting it I m not reluctantly pretending I dislike it for external reasons it s genuinely, authentically cringe inducing and awful. The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S Burroughs 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 When I first sunk my teeth into this book, I was not so sure it was going to be a good un The first few vignettes short stories in Exterminatorare not that great actually but the book gets better and better and better.I would give the first 5 10 vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang we are suddenly graced with the brilliance of WSB s presence and his great sardonic humour is as acerbic, witty and brilliant as ever here 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 about mankind, to the point of becoming le misanthrope redolent of Moliere.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 ExterminatorI 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 1962 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 or else our children will all be speaking Chinese At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria These days I hate to say, it might be slightlyreal , 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. [ Read ] ⚇ 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 I liked this book muchthan 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 like his language is guided by the principle less is , 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 Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept, removed from political influences and watched through the prism of a way people act in desperation Short stories, seemingly unrelated but with same motives, put in a different time and space One of the best literal layman critics of modern society without much philosophizing Burroughs really captured the cruel reality of people real motives and multiplied that with images of potentized horror that will make you nauseus but also aware of his thoughts. Not a fan I didn t realize that this would be an experimental novel when I picked it up It was a hodge podge of various threads and stream of conscious writing that was very hard to follow and pull out a coherent narrative There were chapters that had sparks of narrative brilliance, but these were the exception rather than the rule It read muchlike poetry to me than it did a novel I guess Burroughs s writing was too smart for me to figure out overall I appreciate poetry when I know its poetry, but when I sit down to read a novel, I expect coherent narrative. Excellent collection of short stories showcasing some of the author s best work My favorites, Wind Die, You die, We die and my all time favorite, They Do Not Always Remember. Manageable, entertaining Burroughs hallucinations Amazing what organizing into chapters does. Commas are good I wish I d seenof them in this book.