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  1. Arthur Graham Arthur Graham says:

    In The Place of Dead Roads Burroughs takes a detour through the American Old West beginning with the 1899 death of writergunslinger 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 other itinerants who play Robin Hood to the rapacious Sherif of Nottingham represented by the Immortality Control Board of Venus and their unwitting minions in government religion and other organizations of Earthly control As might be expected the goal of the Venusian conspiracy is to prevent our souls from ever reaching the Western Lands and the genuine immortality that awaits therein keeping us forever trapped in a scheme of systematic vampirism that like the serfdoms of medieval times and the wage slavery common to most modern states is far from symbiotic in nature In Kim’s wordsWe’re not fighting for a scrap of sharecropper immortality with the strings hanging off it like Mafioso spaghetti We want the whole tamale The Johnsons are taking over the Western Lands We built it with our brains and our hands We paid for it with our blood and our lives It’s ours and we’re going to take it And we are not applying in triplicate to the Immortality Control Board Anybody gets in our way we will get our communal back against a rock or a tree and fight the way a raccoon will fight a fucking dogThe ancient Egyptians pioneered the preservation of the physical body and protection of the immortal soul through a marriage of science and the arcane but compared to what Kim has in mind their methods were crude and uncivilized at best To begin with mummification was something that only the obscenely rich could ever hope to afford thus putting this route to immortality in direct conflict with Kim’s own aims But even if this privilege were eually available to all members of society the logistics involved in shielding each and every mummy from the elements vandals and inevitable nuclear war were far too staggering to even consider Besides where on Earth would they even find the space to store them all?Unlike the pharaohs and their obsession with securing impregnable tombs underground or the astronauts and their insistence on having their entire “awkward life process encapsulated and transported with them into Space” Kim searches for a way that we might ditch our flawed form altogether on our way through the cosmos and the six cities between us and the Western Lands He considers the human body to be the prison that keeps us stuck in our inescapable cycle of sex and death one which only furthers the aims of those feeding off our vital life energies Therefore justas a prisoner serving a life sentence can think only of escape so Kim takes for granted that the only purpose of his life is space travel The alien medium we glimpse beyond Time is Space And that is where we are going Kim considers that immortality is the only goal worth striving for He knows that it isn’t something you just automatically get for believing some nonsense or other like Christianity or Islam It is something you have to work and fight for like everything else in this life or anotherThough vanished from this Earth now for over one hundred thousand years already the cities may yet exist on other planes and planets after all And if a soul is able to project itself through space as well as time no longer encumbered by its physical vessel then its odds of locating the first station on the pilgrimage Tamaghis go from infinitesimal to infinite For now anyway the rest of us remain permanently earthbound and stranded wandering through countless lives forever somewhere along the dead roads‘‘And what is a dead road? Well señor somebody you used to meet uno amigo tal vez” Remember a red brick house on Jane Street? Your breath uickens as you mount the worn red carpeted stairs The road to 4 calle Larachi Tangier or 24 Arundle Terrace in London? So many dead roads you will never use again a flickering gray haze of old photos pools of darkness in the street like spilled ink a dim movie maruee with smoky yellow bulbs red haired boy with a dead white face The guide points to a map of South America “Here señor is the Place of Dead Roads”On to The Western Lands

  2. Nate D Nate D says:

    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 middle volume Back to Welch and the subtlety of his subversion Burroughs definitely does not subvert subtly Here he subverts in broadcasts and direct address in best crank mode railing against gun control the government women albeit mostly they're just ignored as irrelevant to his mostly gay world alien mind control Whether or not Burroughs was a crazy person he writes like one Often he writes like a crazy person who might be objectionable were his vision not so wholly fantastical though not to deny the satiric targets here either Often he writes like a crazy person beautifully There are stretches of this where bizarre scenes just spill out in hypervivid details eliding between locations scenes realities grabbing full attention That said compared to Naked Lunch there's an essentially linear progression here on which to pin the swirling variations holding the variations somewhat the story of one shootist on his path out of society and across the world time the universe and back to an inescapable meeting Some of the book writing like a crazy person breaks up into catalogs of weapons deaths ways to die But then some of the best bits towards the end are incredible catalogues of addictions and diseases The seuence involving the search for the origins of language and the ensuing epidemic of The Yacks is possibly the most wholly inspired here but it amounts to a few pages hanging barely connected to the rest These lurching fragments these thematic riffs tantalizing as they are also give a sense that the book ie the interior of Burroughs head it seems runs on endlessly endlessly offering up grotesue and brilliant vignettes Which makes it hard to get a sense of pacing here at least after the first part or so Does it matter? The book continues until it ends As must this review which infected also doesn't seem to have any true sense of purpose or pacing

  3. Leo Robertson Leo Robertson says:

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

  4. Rhys Rhys says:

    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 experimental work but they are expressed in much 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 fuel dozens of ordinary SF and fantasy novels Burroughs is a writer with an extremely generous mind who can afford to scatter dozens or hundreds of amazing and uniue ideas throughout a text any single one of which would form the basis for an entire novel by an ordinary writerThe core of a Burroughs text is the 'routine' when a casual word or image or idea triggers an extended tall tale or skit usually comic and grotesue and very odd that goes off at tangents to the main story which itself is an interlocking mesh composed entirely of tangents The Burroughs style 'routine' has been a big influence on me I find it a funny enthralling and satisfying techniue Burroughs is the absolute master at its deployment

  5. Tosh Tosh says:

    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 is his 'voice' which is super funny He's a kook but a kook you would like to have a drink with

  6. Michael Michael says:

    I read this book and its preuel 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 This book begins as a gay Western with some sci fi interludes and gradually becomes bizarre and non chronological The protagonist is Kim Carsons who may or may not be a fictional character from the writings of William Seward Hall a man who died in a shootout at the turn of the century and presumably an alter ego for Burroughs himself Carsons is a misfit a rebel an expert shootist and an insatiable homophile We watch Carsons as he develops from a shy but dangerous teenager into the leader of a movement called the Johnson Family which Burroughs explains was a term to designate good bums and thieves which was elaborated into a code of conduct In the book it elaborates still further into a vast international organization fighting authority and preparing humanity for the evolutionary leap it must take to colonize the stars Much of the book is actually propaganda for Burroughs' own views regarding sexuality conformity the State space exploration human transcendence and gun rights For all that Burroughs is a skillful artist who doesn't allow polemic to overwhelm his prose in fact at times exactly the opposite takes place Burroughs was that rarest of combinations a poet and a political thinker and only rarely did he lose sight of the art in his work It is probably for this reason that he remains so influential While in some way each of his books is a rant in favor of his own viewpoint he never descends to the transparency of an Ayn Rand Burroughs allowed creativity to dominate which is probably why some of his genius insights into politics seem uestionable to me now They are unsystematic often the result of trying to push a stray thought to its logical conclusion and intended to be shocking than insightful He is also an expert eroticist although that will be disturbing to anyone who is unprepared for such explicit scenes of gay sex This was one area I got out of the second time aroundThis book is less explicitly misogynist than its predecessor but there remains a disdaindisinterestsuspicion of women in the subtext Women characters are rare and they are often disgusting evil andor stupid The exception is Salt Chunk Mary a de sexualized grande dame of Burroughs' imagined underworld She isn't particularly well developed as a character although the same could be said of many of the male characters At least she never turns out to be part of the alien conspiracy to enslave humanity which is itself a concession on Burroughs' partFor all the criticisms I've put into this review it remains a a very enjoyable work of fiction and earns four stars for being something I'm glad I took the time to return to

  7. Josiah Miller Josiah Miller says:

    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. Mel Mel says:

    It’s Burroughs what can I say Not really a novel like a stream of consciousness This was truly word salad but still interesting and filled with really good uotes I enjoyed it but can’t really give it than 3 stars Burroughs fans will like this but not recommended for the Burroughs newbie Not his greatest but really not his worst either 3 stars means “I liked it” An easy read for Burroughs as well

  9. Zac Sydow Zac Sydow says:

    He’s tired and nostalgic and a bit satiated but it’s still old Bill

  10. David David says:

    I read this about 15 years ago when my tastes were apparently 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 any and the gory scenes in the book are too unpolished to evoke much Random sample It hits A player is down a broken idiot thing drooling slobbering pus oozing from the cataracts that cluster at his dead burnt out eyes He will be left to the terrible urchins who haunt the mask courts p209 There's just no poetry there For all Burroughs' personal ponderousness this book just reads like a dime store novel and doesn't for me at least offer much of a glimpse into the arcane dimension that Burroughs fancied he inhabited

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