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The Ticket That Exploded Paperback – 17 Sep 2001
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‘The fold-in technique gives excellent comic and satiric results…cleverly combines the raw energy of lowbrow spy- and science fiction with the brutal unfamiliarity of hardcore pornography.’ Spectator
‘His Swiftian vision of a processed, pre-packaged life, a kind of electro-chemical totalitarianism, often evokes the black laughter of hilarious horror.’ Playboy
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‘Language is the worn coin pressed silently into my hand. Inspector J. Lee of the Nova Police knew them by many names – but he only knew one way to stop them…The only weapon was silence: silence to say goodbye – by silence to say good. "You see, gentlemen, what we call history of the world – and the world is a killer virus…”’
A prophetic vision of a world in which technology has gone haywire, 'The Ticket that Exploded' completes Burroughs’ classic ‘Cut-Up Trilogy’.
'Lee, Kiki, the Nova Police, the Mugwumps, Mr Bradley, Mr Martin – the gang's all here in the novel where Burroughs' cut-up technique came on line. As filthy and boggling as it was in 1968 – would he get away with it today?' Time OutSee all Product description
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You will also have to accept that the penis is an important feature when describing a man's physique, it often gets as much attention as the face and clothes. But by merciless repetition, all this seems natural, you get to regard ejacultating
in pain as normal as screaming. Mr. Burroughs certainly creates an alternative reality where nobody and nothing acts the way we expect.
For my money the only truly unreadable one is soft machine that left me feeling physically weak after finishing it. Purely from the strain of reading gibberish for about 6 hours straight.
TTTE though is fairly genius. The plot/story (difficult to distinguish after reading due to repeated scenes with differing narratives) revolves around the classic Burroughs tropes of deconstructing authority using metaphors of addiction and homosexual sex. The Nova Mob are finally going to get their comeuppance as Agent Lee leads the counter attack to finally track down these brain washing Venusians before they blow up the planet.
Over and above that is anybodies guess as Burroughs thrills at the collision of words and his wacked out 'routines' take centre stage.
It made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion and his experiments with tape recorders and his idea about the word as virus it still an original idea. You can see how writers like Ballard took this kind of paranoid imagining and constructed the 'time travel' element in 'the Drowned World'.
It was an important book for freeing up experimental literature, taking it further than anyone since Joyce.
If you want to read some of the cut up stuff, Exterminator! Is a good choice, if you like it make sure you read this.
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.
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