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The Stray Bullet book.

The Stray Bullet book.

William Seward Burroughs II (/ˈbʌroʊz/; February 5, 1914 – August 2, 1997) was an American writer and visual artist. Burroughs was a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author whose influence is considered to have affected a range of popular culture as well as literature. Burroughs wrote eighteen novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. Five books have been published of his interviews and correspondences

This is what Rollins tells William Lee, the protagonist of William S. Burroughs’s first novel, Junky.

This is what Rollins tells William Lee, the protagonist of William S. And yet, Jorge García-Robles offers the reader of The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico a book-length apologia for the poète maudit’s mixing of intoxicants and firearms, which resulted in the twentieth century’s most ill-fated game of William Tell: the 1951 murder of Burroughs’s common-law wife, Joan Vollmer.

Translated by Daniel C. Schechter Mexico, Jorge García-Robles makes clear, was the place in which . Schechter. Mexico, Jorge García-Robles makes clear, was the place in which Burroughs embarked on his fatal vocation as a writer. This compelling book also offers a contribution by Burroughs himself-an evocative sketch of his shady Mexican attorney, Bernabé Jurado. The Gods know how to run this world.

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The Stray Bullet: William S Burroughs in Mexico Garcia-Robles Jorge, Garcaia-Robles Jorge Marston Book Services 9780816680634 : William Burroughs arrived in Mexico City in 1949, having slippe.

The author reveals Burroughs at a time when he was not convinced his destiny was to be a writer.

The extraordinary life of William S. Burroughs. A Mexican scholar of the Beats, Jorge García-Robles, details the louche milieu in another new book, The Stray Bullet: William S. Burroughs in Mexico (Minnesota). Naked Lunch brought to social notice themes of drug use, homosexuality, hyperbolic violence, and anti-authoritarian paranoia. He writes that Burroughs found the country grotesque, sordid, and malodorous, but he liked it. During those years, Burroughs also wrote his first book, Junky.

If you are a Burroughs completist, then by all means purchase this book. Much like every book on Burroughs (minus Algebra of Need) there is very little information that hasn't already been covered in Barry Miles and Ted Morgan's biographies of Burroughs. A couple photos I've never seen before and Jorge Garcia-Robles' endless criticisms of Burroughs not being interested in Mexican culture are the only new things I came away with.
Sheds light based on original research concerning Burroughs' time in Mexico and South America. Disproves the story that the shooting was accidental.
If you've previously followed Burroughs closely it's kind of a been there/done that book. 1) Burroughs lives in Mexico to evade the law and score drugs easily with limited interference 2) Shoots his wife accidentally (yes, I believe it was an accident and not some telepathic communication to do so with Joan or a plot for some kind of freedom on his end) 3) Becomes a super depth narrator of his genius all encompassing mind creating wondrous works in which this book isn't close nor intended to compare with. It's a bit of a fluff piece, airline reader. Pictures are cool though.
Not for the weak of heart. I live in Mexico and have been interested in WB's time here. Great read with concurrent Mexican Culture included.
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I haven't read any of William S. Burroughs' works, but his life has been a curiosity. I've been considering reading Call Me Burroughs: A Life, but at 715 pages, I thought I'd test drive this first.

This essay length book covers 3 pivotal years in Burroughs' life, the period Burroughs claims, made him a writer. The narrative, translated from the Spanish, is informative, and in some parts, poetic.

It begins in New York with the well-chronicled events of the beat writers and their hustler friends. There are two life events for Burroughs in NYC. One is his introduction to Joan Vollmer staged by Alan Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. The other is, Burroughs, along with Kerouac, hiding murder evidence; they knew the victim and showed no remorse.

The move to Mexico, preceded by a failed attempt at growing marijuana in Texas, was inspired by a need to evade the law/family and have easy access to drugs.

If the whole text doesn't lead up to the climax, the reader's anticipation does. The moment is short. A scant page sets the scene and in the next page Burroughs has shot his wife. It is this event that Burroughs said made him a writer (although he'd been working on a book). Why? Was it the tragedy? The guilt? The ease of his escape? I guess I'll have to read the long book to know. This book speaks only to the murder, his actions following the murder, his legal situation and how he left Mexico. While this event may have literary significance it is shocking and defines him forever.

I don't know how much more there is to know about the Mexico years. The writing is good, but balance is missing. For instance, 3 pages of this short book are on a Lola la Chata, a drug dealer whom Burroughs never met. There is more description of the drugs/alcohol they imbibed and their house guests than of the dynamics of the marriage of the openly homosexual Burroughs and his once sexy wife. The closest the author comes to an analysis of the marriage is "Joan stayed with him because she wanted to die." There is nothing on how the two children were raised; it appears that they fend for themselves.

There are a few photos reproduced from snapshots; two of Joan after the tragedy.

The book fills a niche and it does pique my interest. I'll have to finally read some Burroughs and perhaps the big bio too.