Exterminator! : a novel

by William S. Burroughs

Paper Book, 1979




New York : Penguin Books, 1979.


Conspirators plot to explode a train carrying nerve gas. A perfect servant suddenly reveals himself to be the insidious Dr. Fu Manchu. Science-fantasy wars, racism, corporate capitalism, drug addiction, and various medical and psychiatric horrors all play their parts in this mosaic, experimental novel. Here is William S. Burroughs at his coruscating and hilarious best.

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LibraryThing member edwinbcn
Exterminator! is a totally incoherent storm of rage. For most readers it will be void of meaning, while others may claim it embraces the world (including references to "the Little People").
LibraryThing member datrappert
First, let me say the audiobook is very well read.

Not sure why this is called a novel. It's more a hodgepodge of sometimes-related stories with some oddball elements thrown in, such as a whole section on doing things easily that should be published as its own self-help book. As a whole, this is
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engaging--Burroughs' subject matter may often be bizarre, but he tells his stories quite clearly--and it is sometimes very funny, often in the most violent sections, because the violence here is over-the-top to the point of ridiculousness, which seems the author's intent. But despite the newest parts of the book still being almost 50 years old, Burroughs' targets--the police, the military, politicians--are still (usually deservingly) today's targets. Certainly there's something to offend everyone, but if you wanted good taste, you wouldn't be reading this review to begin with.
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