His was a prominent family of English ancestry in St. Louis, Missouri. His maternal uncle, Ivy Lee , was an advertising pioneer later employed as a publicist for the Rockefellers. His father ran an antique and gift shop, Cobblestone Gardens in St.
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Oct 23, Tosh rated it it was amazing The closest to a short story collection by the cranky and hysterical William S. And the fact that he once had a job as rat and insect Exterminator is something like crazy. Who in their right mind would allow this guy into their home? I would give the first vignettes only about 3 stars on average but then somewhere along the line, bang! There are also early signs even here during a relatively early work of Burroughs of his latter-day environmentalism and humanism, which is celebrated in novels such as Ghost of Chance and The Cat Inside, two books, incidentally, which I read just last month and hence still fresh in my mind.
I felt like saying, "ok William, we get the point". While I was reading Exterminator! I caught myself wondering whether some Americans might not be offended by the grotesque picaresque send-ups of American society which Burroughs creates in these short stories. Or do they see his sardonic humour as a grave warning of impending danger? And to give credit where it is due, Burroughs is quite right and quite justified in sounding the alarm.
If anything, times have gotten worse. Remember that back in at the height of Cuban missile crisis, we were only moments away from possible nuclear disaster.
At the time, this was an accurate portrayal of American political paranoia and hysteria. It has a pretty decent fable in a form of short stories. We can see, as we progress through the book, that the characters are pretty much the same, although with different names.
But what I liked the most about the book is the way Burroughs speaks about humanity and revolution. Reader is at least shocked with his apocalyptic images of a man decomposing into its animalistic nature. Revolution is welcomed as a whole new concept, removed from political influences and watched through the prism of a way people act in desperation.
Short stories, seemingly unrelated but with same motives, put in a different time and space. One of the best literal layman critics of modern society without much philosophizing.
Burroughs really captured the cruel reality of people real motives and multiplied that with images of potentized horror that will make you nauseus but also aware of his thoughts.
The Exterminator by William Burroughs
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