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Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

©2012 William S. Burroughs (P)2012 W.F. Howes

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I've read it twice and listened to it once

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It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.

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Love this book

First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).

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Intro sucks, but book is good

I enjoyed the book. I just hated the intro. I don’t care about your thoughts and opinions on why he wrote this book, just read the book!!

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NOT read by William Burroughs...so why bother!

I bought this quickly without realizing this was not narrated by William Burroughs.... As the cover does not indicate it was read by someone else. This book is amazing and absolutely worth the time.... but find the audio book as read by William Burroughs as few else could do it justice. I'm disappointed Audible doesn't have the Burroughs version available.

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brilliant

this book is one of the most telling, informative and insightful books on addiction ever conjured on page

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I tried...

I thought I would really like this "gritty" memoir but it's just drug fix after drug fix...Not that I don't like those sorts of stories but it more seemed like a daily diary of "what I did today" than a memoir. I was determined to stick it out though, thinking there must be some story arch here or something to keep me going but when he beat up a cat with his bare hands I was done.

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a true master-work of literature

a very honest book. if you are looking for honesty, life and death, or an idea of what it really is like to be a heroin, cocaine, and other drug used.

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Boring

The introduction and some of the details of Burroughs' life were more interesting than the actual story. It really struggled along and the narrator was pretty dry too. You'd think this would be a more interesting read but it surely was not. I got half way through it and thought life is too short.

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current view on opioid addiction 70 years ago

The author got a few minor points wrong, but his picture of addiction is as perfect today as it was 70 years ago. Reading it reminds me that we have less to learn and more reasons to act rather than to wait another 70 years.

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Wonderful

Over all an incredible story and narration. I'm looking for more books by Burroughs immediately.

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  • 10-24-14

a great book and a great story-teller

There are many very good audiobooks, but I will never recommend a friend to buy them from Amazon. Amazon never listens, but they do keep force-feeding me with stupid guesses of what my problem might be? Instead of listening. Amazon avoid human contact, and try to pacify me with this? Or this? Or this?
I. am ready to pay 8£ for a credit, if this would improve the working conditions and pension benefits - as well as sick-leave and baby-leave. If Amazon does not care for parenthood, society has no room for Amazon.
How can the filthy rich treat their own kind so miserably and mean. Jeff shall die lonely and hated. Life is very short. Generosity is what we all need, between ourselves. Jeff is welcome to discuss a minimum wage people can live with, 80£ a day - or more. It would be such a treat to buy what I need from a store that I cared for.
In the mean time I buy with lacking lust and drive. May Jeff break a leg and overheat together with the planet. To be too rich may prove to be dangerous - and isolation from fear - is that a good future? Corona pandemi is only the beginning. Soon animal viral pandemis will mutate and cross over to man. and that will affect the world market, and Amazon. Jeff is very smart., and that would not secure his happiness, neither. This is written to honour the wage-earners of the world.

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  • 03-25-19

Bored

So bored. When it said ‘the end’ I was so relieved, until it kept going. A lot of detail couched in not enough story. Druggies are boring to everybody but themselves. This I have learnt.