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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,212 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the twentieth century’s most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.

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  • Selected for the December 2008 Indie Next List

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris | 2/20/2014

    " Great read for those interested in Beat history; I wouldn't recommend for the casual Kerouac or Burroughs reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 2/13/2014

    " I decided to pick this up because I am embarrassingly ignorant about Beat literature and I thought the first book co-written by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs would be as good a place to start as any. This book is gripping. It's gritty and frank and the characters are loathsome but for some reason I found it impossible to put down. According to the experts (and authors') comments in the back this isn't typical of their more famous works (it's considered more in the "existentialist" genre than Beat) so I guess I have more exploring to do. Still, it's a good pulpy read for anyone interested in literature of the 1940s and '50s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paquita Maria Sanchez | 2/9/2014

    " The best part about this early beat novel is contrasting the temperaments of the two narrators: Kerouac comes off as a naive little boy catching fireflies, while Burroughs is a grumpy old junkie codger squashing the fireflies and grumbling to himself about how stupid they were for flying near him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JT | 2/5/2014

    " Decent. Burroughs' chapters were better by far. Solid work. "

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