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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 postwar drug underground. A cult classic, it has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse, and unapologetic tone.

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Had so much potential

This book on its own would have been brilliant. It was very well written, detailed and narrative that is realistic for the characters. The first two hours of the audiobook was spent describing the author, his knowledge on the subject, his reasoning for writing the manuscript and the authors opinion on changes made to the manuscript. An hour of that was purely in regards to the title being changed and the authors opinion on this change. Then another hour is spent after the story with a dragging ‘appendix’ that yet again talks of changes in the manuscript. Personally I feel this is way overdone and completely unnecessary for the story. If this were a study on the original manuscript, this information would be quite handy, but as a story/book for enjoyment, it becomes boring and takes away the majority of the enjoyment of the story. Without this, I would have given this five stars.

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  • Newtoid
  • 08-01-2017

I love this book

Narrator is great, I'd recommend anything he reads. Obviously it's a great book by a great author too.

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  • helen
  • 18-09-2018

The best of the beat generation.

Very snappy pace and absorbing. Although a depressing subject it was never hard to read. The narration was perfectly suited.

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  • Mr. Jonathan Calvin
  • 24-12-2019

A great introspective glance into the past

Junkie presents a Frank and fascinating glimpse into the history of opiate addiction in America from the perspective of the street level user. This somewhat oral history of the junkie scene at the time relates the semiotic language and behaviours still present today. In this way, Junkie remains as powerful in the present as it was at first print. Honest, revealing and in some ways deeply tragic, Junkie is a raw, timeless tale of addiction.

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  • John Warwick
  • 30-10-2016

Fantastic book

Never read William boroughs,this is the my first time,it's a fantastic book,boroughs goes into a lot details.i would recommend to anyone.

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