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Cursed from Birth

The Short, Unhappy Life of William S. Burroughs, Jr.

By William S Burroughs Jr, David Ohle (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 210 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 17 August 2006
Being the son of counter-culture author William S. Burroughs is bound to be a trial. After all, the man who frequented lesbian dives and had a fascination with firearms couldn't possibly make that great of a father. Perhaps inevitably, William Jr. (called Billy) referred to himself as "cursed from birth" and in the book of the same name editor David Ohle collects parts of Billy's third and unfinished novel Prakriti Junction, his last journals and poems, and correspondence and conversations to recreate this tortured life. Endowed with the sufferings but not the patience of Job, Billy's life was often characterized by tragedy and frustration, although there were also pockets of success and levity. More than just the memoir of a casualty of the Beat Generation, Cursed From Birth provides rare insight in Billy's father, as well as his scene, friends, and times. It also provides an all-too-familiar story of familial difficulties that anyone with difficult parents can understand and appreciate."
EAN: 9781933368382
ISBN: 1933368381
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Dimensions: 21.54 x 14.22 x 1.75 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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this is a good example of how life can take you to a place you do not want to be in, and the helplessness of being unable to get away
for those who have not been to the darker recesses of drug and alcohol this could be an eye opener
as a last testament of bill jnr, it is sad at times harrowing
at least his story was told

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