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Junky

Written by: William S. Burroughs
Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
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Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

©2012 William S. Burroughs (P)2012 W.F. Howes
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  • Red Emma
  • 2014-04-15

I've read it twice and listened to it once

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It's an American classic. If you consider yourself well-read this really should be on your list.

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  • Parola138
  • 2014-08-26

Love this book

First off, I hate Naked Lunch. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Burroughs is one of those writers you feel like you're supposed to like, then you read Naked Lunch and decide for yourself its all academic snob hype and nothing more. Junky is a different beast altogether. Junky is very blunt, very well-written. It transports you back in time very easily to the 1950's. It falls into line with On the Road, but to me is the darker, brooding kid brother. Narration on this is great. If you hated Naked Lunch, give this a shot (in the arm).

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  • Shawn
  • 2019-08-12

Intro sucks, but book is good

I enjoyed the book. I just hated the intro. I don’t care about your thoughts and opinions on why he wrote this book, just read the book!!

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  • andrew finch
  • 2019-01-24

brilliant

this book is one of the most telling, informative and insightful books on addiction ever conjured on page

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  • Mermsie Ruffles
  • 2020-01-04

NOT read by William Burroughs...so why bother!

I bought this quickly without realizing this was not narrated by William Burroughs.... As the cover does not indicate it was read by someone else. This book is amazing and absolutely worth the time.... but find the audio book as read by William Burroughs as few else could do it justice. I'm disappointed Audible doesn't have the Burroughs version available.

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  • Kim
  • 2019-03-15

Boring

The introduction and some of the details of Burroughs' life were more interesting than the actual story. It really struggled along and the narrator was pretty dry too. You'd think this would be a more interesting read but it surely was not. I got half way through it and thought life is too short.

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  • John W. Aldis, MD
  • 2018-10-13

current view on opioid addiction 70 years ago

The author got a few minor points wrong, but his picture of addiction is as perfect today as it was 70 years ago. Reading it reminds me that we have less to learn and more reasons to act rather than to wait another 70 years.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-19

Wonderful

Over all an incredible story and narration. I'm looking for more books by Burroughs immediately.

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  • Mary
  • 2014-12-10

A playful yet serious read

What would have made Junky better?

Nothing would of made this story better. The way that the narrators spoke was kind of fun and lightened the fact that the book was about addiction which made it not such a serious read about drugs but still a good read.

If you’ve listened to books by William S. Burroughs before, how does this one compare?

I have never read one of his books before.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was just a little light of a book for me...I like books that are more in depth and graphic and specific.

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