The Wild Boys by William S. Burroughs Online

The Wild Boys
Title : The Wild Boys
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ISBN : 9780802133311
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 193

The Wild Boys is a futuristic tale of global warfare in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states. Making full use of his inimitable humor, wild imagination, and style, Burroughs creates a world that is as terrifying as it is fascinating.

The Wild Boys Reviews

  • Luke

    Anybody that "likes" William S. Burroughs only says that because they want to sound like they can comprehend what in the hell he's talking about when NO ONE actually can. Or they just saw the Naked Lunch movie and thought that talking beetle type-writers are cool.

  • Lynn

    I was relatively innocent when I read The Wild Boys and it gave me nightmares. The staccato, choppy plot is too disjointed to ever really allow anything to come to a close so the images tend to remain in some vestibule of the brain and come spilling out at night when your poor consciousness tries to form them into some kind of completeness.The images themselves are sometimes gruesome and you can almost sense Burroughs' lunatic energy and all his wild imaginings spilling out on the page and being [...]

  • Kat Vomit

    I learned that reading Burroughs on the bus makes me feel incredibly filthy and awkward from this book. It could be all the allusions to the smell of rectal mucus, or maybe I'm just weird.

  • Mel

    William S Burroughs does not like women or at least he did not like his distopian fantasies to contain any flattering versions of them. I would not expect a man who shot his wife in the head accidentally while trying to shoot a shot glass off her head (while wasted I might add) to have any use for women (although it is said that he was deeply sorry and remorseful for having "accidentally" murdered his wife.) He even says so in his wild distopian world where women are eventually used as surrogate [...]


    I used to think of this as the last of Burroughs' 5 cut-up novels. It's probably more appropriate to think of it as the 1st of the homoerotic adventure novels. Or something. Anyway, it's great! I read it when I was a research volunteer for a NASA study re space stn living. No shit. This was at the Phipps Clinic of Johns Hopkins University/Hospital in Baltimore. I was living in a simulated space stn environment for 15 days w/ 2 other guys. It was mainly an experiment in behavior modification desi [...]

  • Andy

    The thought of William S. Burroughs is sometimes better than his actual fiction: picture if you will a man who combines brilliant science fiction with National Geographic pictorials of tribes, no women, no men, just crazy insane boys who love to kill and jerk off combined with creaky old 1940's boyish Fu Manchu pulp adventure crap. The concept is pretty nuts but the execution is, well, almost as creaky and tiresome as Fu Manchu himself.

  • Az

    He teaches me how to write. And who could read better porn than "The Frisco Kid"?

  • Scott

    This book is not for everyone - probably not for most people. It requires work and an understanding of what the Beat authors were trying to do and more specifically a grasp of Burroughs' literary aims and personal story. I recommend that those not familiar with Burroughs first read to the introduction to "Queer Beats", edited by Regina Marler. It does a nice job explaining the movement and giving a brief literary biography to Burroughs and related authors/poets; Marler also discusses the social [...]

  • Timothy

    God is dumb.A tribe of wild boys thrive in the police state that created and now threatens them. No matter how many drugs you are on, this book will never make sense and that is the point. At times Burroughs plays with scenes, reworks them and plays them out again slightly altered. These scenes are the most readable and interesting. At other times he is speaking in tongues.

  • Tristan Goding

    THE WILD BOYS: A BOOK OF THE DEAD, a futuristic story about a group of extremely sexual young boys who engage in warfare with an oppressive governmental regime while having endless amounts of orgies, is, by far, William Burroughs' best novel. Why? Firstly, it's comprehensible. I have to give Burroughs props for writing a comprehensible book because I know that it's very difficult for him to write with a thorough thread. His tendency to rebel against the written word is evident here as there are [...]

  • T4ncr3d1

    Particolarissimo romanzo di sperimentazione linguistica e tematica, Ragazzi selvaggi è un romanzo in racconti (tipica forma narrativa di Burroughs), in cui l'autore, alla ricerca di un nuovo indirizzo espressivo, si discosta progressivamente dalla tecnica del cut-up e dalle atmosfere surreali della tossicodipendenza, recuperando un po' lo stile dei suoi primi scritti e trovando infine nuove stravaganti forme espressive. La prima sensazione è quella di un'opera in fieri, che di pagina in pagina [...]

  • Natalie

    Halfway through the book, I had to take a break. I remember thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?!" The writing becomes incredibly frantic. Purging to the point of exhaustion. Paragraphs go on and on without any punctuation, forcing the reader to take it slow and soak up his sickness. Encounters replayed in his head over and over again; a little different each time. I felt stuck in the mind of a man tormented by disturbing love affairs of the past. Replaying these moments in his head, over [...]

  • Maeve

    So I'd been wanting to read something by William S. Burroughs for a while because his name hold such gravitas in my mind but his writing well its pornographic and I nearly didn't finish the book. Definitely would not recommend. Just because something is provocative does not mean that it is worth reading.

  • Intortetor

    prima parte di un dittico che comprende "porto dei santi" (dove il concetto dei "ragazzi selvaggi" -un esercito di ragazzi post-apocalittici dotati di tecniche e/o poteri mortali- in realtà è maggiormente sviluppato), "i ragazzi selvaggi" non è un libro per tutti: è per gran parte un porno gay decisamente pesante, e dove non lo è regala comunque immagini disturbanti, e il tutto è più delle volte scritto nello stile burroughsiano più classico, ovvero una cascata di immagini, come un calei [...]

  • Kenny

    Most intrigued by the ecstatic, breathless, repetitive, Whitmanesque bravura of the prose, and the interactions between west and east. This book is also really filthy and vulgar, exact opposite of Henry James. It makes me want to elaborate, a bit more. So what I mean by the interactions - there is an obvious power deferential, which is blown even more out of proportion (or maybe more in proportion for those who are still blind to it) by the writing style. I am thinking mostly of the naked boys r [...]

  • Casey

    The description for this book doesn't prepare the reader in any way of what to expect. I found Wild Boys to be a porno masquerading as a novel. Burroughs had a nice joke on everyone - I guess because of the experimental writing style he got away with this smut.I was reminded of J.G. Ballard, specifically Crash, which I also disliked. But if you liked Crash, this book would be right up your alley.There is so much sex between and among young teenage boys it reads like a wish fulfillment of a grand [...]

  • Anthony

    This has become possibly my favorite William Burroughs novel. It’s just a downright perverse, nightmarish vision of the future. You can probably pick out a thousand titles off the top of your head that deal with a compelling vision of a dystopian future of the world being overrun by a totalitarian police state. But Burroughs treatment of this common theme, with his surreal language and symbolism, is what separates this from the rest. Some of the images described by the author remain planted in [...]

  • Metrilenkki

    I stumbled on this book after hearing that Mad Max was heavily based on the Duran Duran song Wild Boys, which in turn was a consolation project after a movie that was supposed to be more directly based on Burroughs' book was cancelled. Its basically a poorly-edited violent fever dream about dystopic Morocco where regressed gangs of cloned boys engage in random violence, drugs and gay sex. I think it's better to just quote a better review:Anybody that "likes" William S. Burroughs only says that b [...]

  • Rdt

    I would probably have thought that this book was a lot more innovative, if I had read it when it was first published, but from the perspective of 2014, it just feels like an overlong music video. Lots of flash cuts, heavy handed symbolic imagery and eroticism. It has an intention to shock, but almost half a century after its first publication, we have all been shocked so many times by both real and fictional extreme behaviors that it is all just a bit ho hum. I liked Queer a lot better because i [...]

  • Steven

    Can't get enough of Burroughs. I definitely have to be in the right mood, the right mindset. Completely lucid and ready for kaleidoscopic change. The book reads like a sexual dream amidst a rebellion. Submission and adoration and lots of breathless escape amidst warfare. All, again, at the pace of a dream you'll never remember. Burroughs is one of those authors who will always endlessly inspire me for the way that he never lets a plot or the intricacies of actual interactions or occurrences slow [...]

  • the gift

    i think i should qualify this: as with his fold-in, his cut-ups, trilogy, i am erring on the side of higher rather than lower rating. i cannot claim i understood it all. i really like some of it. i do not know about the endless, repetitive, boys and sex. and sex and boys. this is kinda the object case whenever someone decries the decadence, filth, corrupting, nature of postmodern or western or just art, and the sex and boys seem integral. and the boys and sex. it could be read as linked short st [...]

  • Brandon

    I basically didn't understand any of this book. I either couldn't appreciate it or it didn't make any sense. The only parts that are comprehensible are the ones including sex (They sure have lots of it!), food, or violence. I found it incredibly witty that the title of almost every chapter was actually in each chapter either in italics or OMG LOOK AT ME CAPS. /sarcasm Annoying.Also, Hemingway is quoted in the book. Insta-fail.

  • Maureen

    Of course there are no women in Burroughs' post-apocalyptic world - just a bunch of boys, running around and doing what boys will do. Burroughs has had much more of an effect on my life while asleep than while awake. Even though the plot is disjointed in this book, it still provided me with much dream material. To journey through Burroughs' unconscious is always a trip worth taking.

  • Katrina

    I read this for the 1001 group's book of the month. in odd moments this book has beautiful writing and evokes place and time wonderfully, but too much of this book was just male on male sex with no real story. chapters such as The Silver Smile literally involved one boy having sex with another four times before he tried it on with the next boy who came along.

  • Luis

    After a while you get tired of the senseless prose filled with descriptions of the lowest kinds of human behavior without any connection to each other and no plot whatsoever. It reminds me of the painting by Jason Pollack, "convergence", it's pure trash but somehow the experts love to call it art.

  • Jan

    What was even going on

  • Evan Oare

    This book is a POS tbh :-)

  • Adam J.

    Awesome. Guns, war, politicians and above all HOMOSEXUAL BUTTFUCKING. All in a big messy awesome buttcunt of a novel.

  • Crito

    "Guilty pleasure" is close enough to describe my relationship to Burroughs, because while I see some genuine writing chops in him, I recognize that it's really the pulpy edgy stuff that does it for me. And that describes his works pretty well because he's too loose and chaotic to be truly great, but the fact of that loose chaos results in some fun interesting output. This novel brings him even closer to genuine pulp, with a lot of B movie inspiration along with some more surprising similarities [...]

  • Tom Baikin-O'hayon

    the reading of this book felt like this: whoa Tarantino on Acid! Hmm a bit of Gay Porn here, that's fine. hey a psychedelic painting! and some more gay porn a criticism of contemporary consumerism, gay porn, gay porm gay porm, shit there's a lot of gay porn in this book this part is nice. also this one. why is there so much gay porn in this book? and it's done.