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From one of the founders of the beat generation and the 1960s counterculture comes this opening novel of a series available now in audio for the first time. An opium addict is lost in the jungle; young men wage war against an empire of mutants; a handsome young pirate faces his execution; and the world's population is infected with a radioactive epidemic. These stories are woven together in a single tale of mayhem and chaos. In the first novel of the trilogy continued in The Place of Dead Roads and The Western Lands, William Burroughs sharply satirizes modern society in a poetic and shocking story of sex, drugs, disease, and adventure.

©2013 William S. Burroughs (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Burroughs is weird, but I'm sure you knew that

I like the works of Burroughs. I read Naked Lunch in high school and really enjoyed it so I wanted to get into some of his other works. Cities of the Red Night was one of the first ones I found that had an interesting sounding plot and no major hype surrounding it. I can kinda see why it doesn't. The story is great overall and pretty easy to follow for the first 2/3rds of the novel. Then towards the last third it falls apart and becomes a disjointed mess that, while impossible to follow, still provides some entertainment. I would totally recommend this to fans of Burroughs but know that it does fall apart which lead me to not being as into it as I was. Also the performance definitely enhances the experience and makes the novel all the more engaging.

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  • 11-03-17

Of course...

Of course there's no one better to read Burroughs than Burroughs himself. But if you can't get hold of Bill's drawn out reading of his own work then this is certainly the next best thing. Excellently read by Ray Porter, who brings it all to life, and highly recommended by me.
P.s. Though it's book 1 of a trilogy, it does stand up superbly, just by it's self.