Place of Dead Roads

Place of Dead Roads A good old fashioned shoot out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslinger Kim Carson and his associates fight for galactic

  • Title: Place of Dead Roads
  • Author: William S. Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780805039542
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • A good old fashioned shoot out in the American West of the frontier days serves as the springboard for this hyperkinetic adventure in which gunslinger Kim Carson and his associates fight for galactic freedom Comic, cosmic, and shocking, The Place of Dead Roads is a hypnotic tale that reveals one of our most provocative writer s imagination at a feverish pitch.

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    1. In The Place of Dead Roads, Burroughs takes a detour through the American Old West, beginning with the 1899 death of writer/gunslinger Kim Carsons in a Colorado shootout. From there the story unfolds in a nonlinear telling of Kim’s past experience -- across vast swaths of time and space, under various forms and guises -- as professional assassin and prominent member of “The Johnson Family” (incidentally, the novel’s original title). The Johnsons are a brotherhood of honorable thieves and [...]

    2. This book is garbage nonsense and Burroughs is a terrible author—glad I double-checked those facts and don't have to again ;)

    3. In the 80s, Burroughs was back in New York, appearing in Laurie Anderson songs, and writing his last trilogy of strange and garbled not-exactly-sci-fi novels. And this fragmented western, starring Denton Welch (according to Burroughs' introduction for In Youth is Pleasure -- what would Welch have thought of this? I see the connection, but Welch's subversion and antisocial impulses are deliciously subtle, Burroughs' billboarded constantly) -- but anyway, this fragmented postmodern western was the [...]

    4. (Nu kanske jag bara ger alla Burroughs böcker fem stjärnor av princip. Men. Det fanns passager i boken som var tillräckligt bortom-denna-värld i genialitet/galenskap att jag tycker den förtjänar det. Även om inget i boken var jämförbart med/lika kul som den bisarra politiken som styr den röda nattens städer i "Cities of the Red Night".)"The place of Dead Roads" är andra delen av den trilogi som börjar med "Cities of the Red Night" och avslutas med "The Western Lands". Jag undrar hur [...]

    5. A totally awesome novel, the best I have read so far in 2014. Burroughs is one of my favourite writers and I feel he actually improved as he got older. His later books have all the outrageous flights of fancy of his more experimental work but they are expressed in much more tightly controlled prose.The Place of Dead Roads is an ironic psychedelic Western but it's also a prime example of lateral science fiction; and the ideas and conceits it shoots off have enough potential energy and promise to [...]

    6. William Burroughs comes in at least three stages. I would recommend reading his books in order, because in a sense one gets a narrative history of the Avant-Garde writing via his works. This is his last great period in literature. Here he's an old man commenting on the Western of sorts. A place where a liberated man could do his own thing withhout anyone bothering him. The ultimate libertarian, Burroughs is actually very conservative soul which may surprise people. But again what makes him great [...]

    7. This book is real. These are real characters and their abilities to cope with the real world. Some of the best language I've read from Burroughs. This book has everything I ever wanted in a novel. Masterpiece.

    8. I read this about 15 years ago when my tastes were apparently more callow than they are now, because flicking through it now I don't like it nearly as much as I did then. It reads like the rough sketch for a screenplay or for a comic strip - kind of slapstick. Burroughs might not be trying to shock all the way through, but I suspect he is - yet it's not written well enough to trigger much shock. The f word certainly doesn't do it anymore, and the gory scenes in the book are too unpolished to evo [...]

    9. If The first book of this trilogy starts in more or less normal way and slowly slips into the madness, The Place of Dead Roads begins with the developed mild schizophrenia and very soon the set is left with no reasonable logic and this is what amazes me so in this book no rules, no controls - just pure flow of creativity, something like free jazz. and to stick with the analogy - if you don't know the standards - you cannot improvise.But this is not an easy book to read - on the contrary. Somewhe [...]

    10. First later Burroughs I've read and it was a pleasant surprise. He still leaves you to fill in some of the blanks but it is almost a through-narrative. That in itself doesn't make it better or worse, and ultimately it isn't as good as his best work, but it is now my favorite novel about a queer, time-traveling cowboy.

    11. Was kind of indifferent to it, until the last part, when I just wanted it to end. And enough with the ellipses already!

    12. FINALLY I finished the last Burroughs book on my shelves!!!! Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed his writing. Well maybe enjoyed is the wrong word, perhaps admired. Although I won't miss his repetition, especially with such phrases as 'rectal mucus'. This is a good book to finish Burroughs on with a bang. I personally liked it because I'm a big fan of westerns and Burroughs had a go at writing his own of sorts. The first half is the best, as we follow our protagonist super-shooter Kim Carsons thr [...]

    13. Now that was a good damn book. Burroughs was a genius, and he was disciplined. He worked at his thing, and got better at it as he got older. His medium, the unconscious Naked Lunch surrealism thing, remains as it was in the Johnson Family, or rather Place of Dead Roads, but with age Burroughs is able to use that riff for ever-expanding purposes. He does a solid job with psychology, the unconscious, western US history, time-travel, evolution, and gun collecting, all while putting in what must be [...]

    14. Gun porn and gay cowpokes meet the Venusians in this novel that occasionally resembles the time traveling parts of Slaughterhouse Five yet is often filtered through Burrough's stream of consciousness style that is both funny and engaging due to the way Ray Porter reads the audiobook rendering the book's erratic narrative like a twisted and diverting bedtime story instead of the aimless interstitial entry of the trilogy it might otherwise be.

    15. reading Burroughs is like staring at one of those confounding hidden images allegedly within a sea of dots points and circles. if you relax your mental sphincter juts right, there is an important message or two encoded within. Bill lives thru the word and then thru youis is closer to a zen koan than it is a novel and twice as spiritually important.

    16. I gave up on this about 1/3 of the way through. It was too weird - read like a disconnected drug trip, loaded with homoerotic elements. Didn't make any sense. The language was interesting, but I just couldn't stick with it.

    17. This is an astonishing book. It is full of surprises, or perhaps better, the unexpected. I'm now seriously considering reading "Cities of the Red Night" and "The Western Lands", the other two in this trilogy.

    18. I read this book, and its prequel, Cities of the Red Night, for the first time when I was in college, and a lot of it went over my head. Interestingly (and perhaps because of this), I also came out of it convinced that Burroughs was a genius, and that his every word should be taken as the Gospel Truth. Looking at it now, I "get" what he's saying a lot better, and I find that I disagree with him more.This book begins as a gay Western, with some sci fi interludes, and gradually becomes more bizarr [...]

    19. In The Place of Dead Roads, literary outlaw William Burroughs writes himself an alternative autobiography in the figure of Kim Carsons, frontiersman, homosexual gunfighter and agent of the subcultural Johnson Family.Kim works by stealth to turn America into the sort of place Burroughs himself would like to live in. Then he plans to colonize outer space along the same lines.Carson's youth is pure Burroughs, repelling adults ('he looked like a a sheep-killing dog and smelled like a polecat') and w [...]

    20. William Burroughs' "The Place of Dead Roads" is best described as a cosmic postmodern western. Featuring a gay, gun-toting antihero named Kim Carson, the nonlinear novel mixes its western tropes with sporadic sci-fi genre elements, hallucinatory stream-of-conscious passages, and knife-sharp social satire. It is perhaps the strangest book I've ever read. But what Burroughs lacks in coherency he makes up for with the surreal and haunting resonance of his imagery:"There is a swamp with a nest of wh [...]

    21. 2nd in the trilogy and think i preferred this to Cities of the Red Night which was also pretty "For The Win". maybe i just got lucky and the focus on cowboy kim was a lot strong than the rebel captain stuff from Cities, wish i read it more recently, but will mos def be cappin the trilogy after this gay alien cowboy asassins are really really really really really cool----They capture hyenas and blind them with red-hot needles and burn out their vocal cords while they intone certain spells binding [...]

    22. As a confessed Burroughs fanatic, I gotta say this is probably one of his best. It seems to have just the right mix of everything WS Burroughs is known for All in the context of a post modern western. Which in itself I find hilarious (in the wry sort of sardonism he offers so often ["offered" I suppose, considering he's not with us anymore]). Kim Carsons, the protagonist, is one of my favorite characters of fiction, though I think he may be a quasi-autobiographical fictional vision of the autho [...]

    23. You know, I wish I could find some kind of fault, somewhere, with this book. Other reviewers seem to have no problem with this task, and I'm sure the faults are there, somewhere — but the truth is that I fully enjoyed every single page of The Place of Dead Roads, and not once wished anything about it different.Burroughs is truly at his best here: serious and satirical, hilarious and thought-provoking, sexy and stomach-turning, oftentimes all in one scene, one paragraph, or even one sentence. H [...]

    24. On the cover Native American males + one 'white' guy (whatever the fuck that is) - all looking pretty illuminated from my seat. It reminds me of an excerpt from "Naked Scientology", one of the Burroughs bks I haven't listed here b/c I'm not sure I've read it entirely. In this excerpt, Burroughs defends things he's written about the Church of Scientology from a Church representative whose 'facts' against Burroughs are quoted: 7) Item: Wog'Fact': A term not used by the Church. After all, all Scien [...]

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