Jed Birmingham on William S. Burroughs Collecting. Published by Auerhahn Press in , The Exterminator is one of the forgotten texts of. In one of the earliest book-length critical studies of WSB’s work, the excellent William Burroughs: The Algebra of Need, Eric Mottram writes that “Exterminator! is a. San Francisco, CA: The Auerhahn Press, First Edition. Softcover. Inscribed & Signed by William S. Burroughs to Donald L. Kaufmann. William.

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Sep 23, Logan Doyle rated it it was ok. I can only give it 2. These days I hate to say, it might be slightly more ‘real’, well for me at least as I sit in an office in Tokyo and write this. Also, while I did know about Burroughs murdering willism wife Joan Vollmer, I didn’t know about a lot of the other shit he and Ginsberg got up to.

And then I read Exterminator! Vollmer died in in Mexico City. Things have a way of kinda falling into place.

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Oct 08, Brandon Montgomery rated it really liked it Shelves: I appreciate burrughs when I know its burrouughs, but when I sit down to read a novel, I expect coherent narrative. My first Burroughs, but given his reputation I had a good idea of what to expect, and I was proven mostly right. It’s like the words on the page turn into ants and scatter in all directions that you can’t retain what you just readyou’re mind is just running around like someone stepped on an ant hill.


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Apr 18, Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it. Some are more disjointed than others; one recounts the democratic convention Burroughs spent alongside Jean Genet. Well, the parts that aren’t horrifying for the wrong reasons here are really fucking good! Read the full review at: I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang!

Return to Book Page. He says so much with such simple terms its lik I liked this book much more than Burrough’s “Naked Lunch”. You can’t give zero stars here, and Exterminator! Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors all play their parts in this mosaiclike, experimental novel.

Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept, removed from political influences and watched through the prism of a way people act in desperation. I should qualify the last sentence. Sep 15, Matt Piechocinski rated it it was ok. Ballard considered Burroughs to be “the most extermintaor writer to emerge since the Second World War”, while Norman Mailer declared him “the only American writer who may be conceivably possessed by genius”.

Nov 14, Emiliano Gomez rated it burrougha was amazing.

The plot does not unfold. Sep 21, Shawn rated it really liked it. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best. I read it in a non-literal fever, gulping the whole thing down. Early editions label the book a novel. So I stayed away from Burroughs for a couple decades until Tadpole and a couple others mentioned his work in a positive light.


Okay, this book was seriously confusing and I had to force myself through it. Burroughs and first published in Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


One of the funniest moments in this book is when a Burroughs’ character says that “we need extterminator watch the commies. And to give credit where it is due, Burroughs is quite right and quite justified burfoughs sounding the alarm. Re-reading it now, which I did over the course of a few days commuting on the subway and bus, I didn’t get as caught up in it as before and before Burroughs or anyone el I used to have this down as a five star book.

The literary style is complete confusion and chaos.


Apparently an “experimental novel”, though it reads more like a willizm of vaguely-connected short stories with a vague sense of progression.

The title story is about an insect exterminatora job Burroughs himself once held.

Probably the most awkward book I have ever read. Want to Read saving….