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The Western Lands review ´ 109 Ï ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ The Western Lands Author William S. Burroughs – The Western Lands is the eagerly awaited new novel by the most visionary American novelist of the twentieth century–a haunting Book of the Dead for the nuclear ageEvery new work from the pen of Will The Western LaHs uses here is ancient Egyptian mythology a long standing interest of his The Western Lands of the title are the territory to which the Egyptians believed the souls of the dead made a hazardous pilgrimage in their uest for true immortality The uesters–Joe the Dead Kim Carsons the scribe Neferti Hassan i Sabbah the Old Man of the Mountain–travel through an unmistakably Burroughs esue universe of appalling danger and otherworldly beauty–now the back alleys of ancient Egypt now bombed out Berlin now the Old West of the shootists Their hallucinatory journeys express the author's belief that only through facing the most extreme da. Overall I'd say this is one of the authors accessible and entertaining works and while still retaining an air of abstraction temporal distortion and general twistedness it is markedly coherent than his earlier fiction The cut and paste techniue along with copious amounts of gay sex and drug use are absent The themes dealt with include; Egyptian mythology centipede worship vampirism and toxicologyThis is interspersed with stream of consciousness and dream recall writing that help to give it an edge over traditional fiction and helps break up the shifting narrative

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Ngers and testing the possibilities of biological mutation can man escape a dead end world of blasted dreams and atomic finale And presiding over all is the haunting figure of the old writer who shares in the fate of his characters in being finally unable to write himself out of Time and into Space The Western Lands continues and extends one of the great literary odysseys of our time adding to Burroughs's awesome literary style and black humor chilling touches of elegy and autobiography It is at once Burroughs's most personal and most universal work yet another masterwork from the reigning genius of the American literary avant garde. As with all of Burroughs work there are so many themes that could be expanded on and made into separate novels if only the author lived to complete all his ideas The Western lands scatters across all of the author's interests ancient Egypt time travel Arabian assassins weapons erotic imagery medical manipulations If I were to choose one theme one novel possibly extracted from this his last major work then it would be a novel based on the expedition to capture the giant centipede along with the correspondence from Dean Ripa Snake expert A kind of Yage letters with the centipede as the holy grail of disgustBurroughs in this trilogy is a great travel writer A travel writer not just through places but through time and space and outer space A literary map maker His eye for detail and imagination for the absurd make this an interesting journey But be warned If a linear plot is reuired or if you are new to Burroughs the Western Lands is not the best place to look

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The Western LandsThe Western Lands is the eagerly awaited new novel by the most visionary American novelist of the twentieth century–a haunting Book of the Dead for the nuclear ageEvery new work from the pen of William S Burroughs is an important literary event This is The Western Epubespecially so in the case of The Western Lands For in this novel Burroughs completes a trilogy that began with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads with a profound revealing and often astounding meditation on the themes of mortality loneliness nuclear peril–and the inextinguishable hope for an existence beyond bodily deathThe symbolic vehicle Burroug. Sheer genius As other reviewers have pointed out the conclusion to the trilogy is not as sex charged as the other novels This is a real masterpiece The narrative structure uses a blend of Egyptian mythology Book of the Dead and the craziness of a not too far off world Well let's not hope not So in this sense I couldn't help but feel that Burroughs is writing this as a kind of warning I absolutely loved Cities of the Red Night and thought to myself at the time 'There is no way Burroughs is going to top this one No way' But lo and behold he has This book is unbelievable It was easily the best book I read in 2011 and with all the turmoil and mad weather patterns currently going on in the world the pre apocalytpic tone throughout the book seems to be so relevant to present times Just like Kerouac was ahead of his time in terms of style spontaneous bop prosody Burroughs has penned an eerily accurate portrait of what kind of world we might be heading for if you can decode all the metaphors in the book I couldn't in one reading and that is why I'm going to read it again This has to be the coolest book I have ever read even better than Marching Powder I'm currently reading The Wild Boys which is somewhat disappointing compared to this novel