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Naked Lunch - William S. Burroughs, James Grauerholz, Barry Miles When I first started reading this, it was really shocking.

Then it was so hilarious I actually started crying with laughter.

After that it just got kind of dull. Why?

Firstly, there are only so many bad words in the English language- Burroughs uses pretty much all the ones I know of repeatedly, and they start to lose their potency.

Secondly, if you are so consistently offensive in a book, it becomes normality and the reader comes to expect it, which prevents it from being shocking. If it was shorter it might have packed more of a punch for this reason.

Thirdly, I find it hard to be offended when every gender, sexual preference, racial and age group is insulted equally. Then we're all back on a level pegging.

So, what to say? This book is completely absurd. If you have a strong stomach and a twisted sense of humour, by all means get piled in, maybe you'll cry with laughter too, and that can't be a bad thing at all :-)

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