Naked Lunch - William Burroughs

Burroughs is one of those authors that other authors keep refering to, so I thought I should go read some, and, well, this is his most famous book.

The issue I have is that Naked Lunch is uninteresting, unintelligible and unpleasant. If it weren't for all of those, I could probably cope. A not-nice subject is discussed in not-nice terms. However, those terms are also tied into the slang and culture of a distant decade. I'm sure I'd find modern junkie culture pretty much unintelligible too, but this is... rather worse.

And, at the end of it all, I don't really care. There are very few books I've given up on (I read all of Gravity's Rainbow, and I still have no idea why), but this is one.

Posted 2017-03-02.