Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars William S. Burroughs, a life by Barry Miles, 6 Jun. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: William S. Burroughs: A Life (Kindle Edition)
as usual, Barry Miles (a very talented & sympathetic yet rigorous biographer - having previously done Allen Ginsberg & Frank Zappa among other luminaries) has done a very thorough yet congenial job in laying out Burroughs' long & fruitful, albeit revolutionary life before us in all its varied panoply. Burroughs & his works, ideas & sympathies are judiciously put into context - having always been seen in terms of pejorative or reducible cliché,(drugs, homosexuality, loose living,unorthodoxy) - as a pariah's/outsider's & very 'weird', such as is seen in his notable works: Junky, Naked Lunch, Exterminator, Interzone, The yage letters, The cat Inside, & the Late trilogy (Cities of the red night, The place of dead roads,The western lands). we are given all the documented, colourful facts of this great writer's picaresque wanderjahre, with all his travels & encounters examined in fine detail. the controversial maverick that Burroughs was is empathetically explored & many angles pertaining to his rich & multifaceted life & ideas are exhaustively looked into. Burroughs' iconoclastic writing methods & the umpteen concerns & the significances that they deal with are gone into by Miles, without sparing us any of those more salacious or unconventional low-downs or indeed, without cosmeticising them or giving them a revisionist gloss. unlike that other, earlier biographer, Ted Morgan, whose nevertheless excellent biography of Burroughs petered out after arriving at Burroughs' 60's, Miles goes the entire distance by regaling us with the very wide-ranging & eventful lifespan right up to & including Burroughs' senescence, death & the aftermath in literary, cultural, & political terms & his inevitable absorption into the mainstream. notwithstanding, for those that may have not read his books, this biography renders a very informative & entertaining read & celebrates the life & works of arguably one of the greatest modern writers/thinkers gracing western culture . . . highly recommended
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,784,327