QueerOriginally Written In 1952 But Not Published Till 1985, Queer Is An Enigma Both An Unflinching Autobiographical Self Portrait And A Coruscatingly Political Novel, Burroughs Only Realist Love Story And A Montage Of Comic Grotesque Fantasies That Paved The Way For His Masterpiece, Naked Lunch Set In Mexico City During The Early Fifties, Queer Follows William Lee S Hopeless Pursuit Of Desire From Bar To Bar In The American Expatriate Scene As Lee Breaks Down, The Trademark Burroughsian Voice Emerges A Maniacal Mix Of Self Lacerating Humor And The Ugly American At His Ugliest A Haunting Tale Of Possession And Exorcism, Queer Is Also A Novel With A History Of Secrets, As This New Edition Reveals.

William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century

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  • Paperback
  • 122 pages
  • Queer
  • William S. Burroughs
  • English
  • 10 May 2019

10 thoughts on “Queer

  1. Kristen says:

    I have a passionate hatred for William Burroughs I think even his fans have to concede that he s a degenerate piece of shit I admit my prior experience with him consists of 5 pages of Naked Lunch and a couple biographies of various sorts, none of which fail to mention the pedophilia and him murdering his wife I m from Detroit, don t think for a second I buy his bullshit story , not that I d hold that against him when rating this book I went into this book expecting it to be about heroin abuse and gay sex, you know some fun light reading, instead it turns about to be a sober, heartbreaking tale of profound universal human loneliness In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality It is as the mountains a fact There it is When you realize it, you cannot complain The fact that this book is great somehow only makes me hate him Alright Burroughs, I don t like you and you don t like me, but I found this for.50 cents today so I ...

  2. Joshua Nomen-Mutatio says:

    Here s the thing that puzzles me about this book why was it not published until 1985 while the far, far offensive Naked Lunch was published not without obstacles in 1959 One idea is that Burroughs put the manuscript for Queer away for many years and chose not to revisit it because it reminded him of a extremely terrible time in his life, the time surrounding the well known and unfortunately adapted to the screen accidental killing of his wife during a drunken game of William Tell a parlor trick which primarily involves shooting objects off of a person s head with a gun He goes into some detail about this emotional difficulty in the fairly remarkable introduction written in the aforementioned year of the book s long overdue publication There isn t a single description in this book that could be considered sexually explicit, homosexual or otherwise Apparently even the slightest allusion to homosexuality while failing to regard it as a immoral, objectionable or otherwise contemptible aspect of existence was enough to prevent the book from being published, yet, Naked Lunch is immeasurably graphic and unset...

  3. MJ Nicholls says:

    Certain cult writing earns this status because the prose is so transparent and simple it instantly appeals to teenage males done with Easton Ellis and Kerouac who want to up their shock quotient before attempting to read Gravity s Rainbow for the first and last time Queer fits the bill except, by today s standards, the book is a little prude in tight Speedos with its danglies between its thighs askin...

  4. mark monday says:

    seriously, Lee, will you give it a rest stop trying to get into the pants of that straight guy get some dignity Lee, i hate to tell you this, but you are embarrassing yourself you re desperate and that is highly unattractive even worse, you surround yourself with the same decay that is present in your decayed view of the world and when that isn t enough, you seek out even decay, until the novel becomes a travelogue of depressing decay, decay, decay all the while trying pathetically to suck the dick of some straight serviceman who actually is not your friend and who is actually not queer you give queers a bad name and so i resent even the title of this novel of your boring misadventures you are as bad as some drunk straight guy at a party who is so wasted that he doesn t even know that the girl he is hitting on so sloppily is rolling her eyes at him in boredom and disgust Lee, No Means No however, Queer, you do get 1 extra star because you may ...

  5. Khashayar Mohammadi says:

    An oil lamp lit a woman s body Lee could feel desire for the woman through the other s body I m not queer He thought I m disembodied One of my personal favorite LGBTQ novels A great exploration of Queer identity and hidden desires Burroughs prose is lyrical and simple.

  6. Joey says:

    A conservative reader might ask his Goodreads friends , Is William Burroughs gay as if Burrough knows how it feels like being queer, an offensive slang for homosexual If he is, it is neither here nor there because he is able to depict the reality of the homosexual world , categorically, the desire to establish an intimate relationship with a straight guy So if you are gay, you might be able to empathize the situation of the protagonist But if you are a straight guy, you might end up realizing that not all gays are lecherously fellatioes by nature They are not far different from coquettishly fellatrixes laughs The book depicts the life of the queer , particularly how they get into an intimate relationship with the same sex In the story, although not quite clear , the protagonist, Lee wants to build an intimate relationship with Allerton The story is not clear if he is a straight guy, but the story says that he does not like to make friends with a queer Eventually, Lee and Allerton becomes friends since Lee is determined to get along with him They spend time together in the same bed Again , the story is not quite clear if they make love,...

  7. Tal says:

    Lee, Chapter 4 Got an idea for a new dish Take a live pig and throw it into a very hot oven so the pig is roasted outside and when you cut into it, it s still alive and twitching inside Or, if we run a dramatic joint, a screaming pig covered with burning brandy rushes out of the kitchen and dies right by your chair You can reach down and pull off the crispy, crackly ears and eat them with your cocktails Junky is tougher, and Naked Lunch is weirder, but this is the best Burroughs book I ve read yet Light, touching, funny, yet dang...

  8. Mindy says:

    I have wanted to read Burroughs for a while and was going to start with Naked Lunch, but I kept hearing mixed opinions, so I continued to push it to the back of my TBR Then I came across this thin novel at a used bookstore and figured this was a good place to start Not only did I enjoy the novel, I loved that Burroughs had written the introduction Queer was written in 1949, but wasn t published until 1985 Burroughs e...

  9. L.A. Witt says:

    I tried I effing tried.I can appreciate the book for what it is Publishing even writing a queer themed book was daring and subversive in that era Living that life was dangerous So in that respect, I can appreciate it for breaking ground, etc That said, I hated the book Or I should say, I hated the half of the book I managed to get through before I finally gave up becauseI hated it Lee is obnoxious, judgmental, entitled, and at times downright...

  10. Michael says:

    140815 pathetic truth, not particular to sexual gender orientation whomever you love, there is no limit to abasement you will eagerly suffer, for you will have no pride though why this was not publishe...

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