The Wild Boys

The Wild Boys

A Book of the Dead

Book - 1992
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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.

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Burroughs' coolly brilliant, futuristic tale of global warfare, in which a guerrilla gang of boys dedicated to freedom battles the organized armies of repressive police states, was first published in 1971. Every college and university library must have all of Burroughs. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 1992
Edition: First Evergreen edition
ISBN: 9780802133311
Branch Call Number: FICTION BURRO...W
Characteristics: 184 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 18, 2016

WARNING: This novel has a lot of gay sex in it. Continue at your own risk.

In this carnal carnival of a beautifully-obscene gay futuristic and phantasmagoric avant-garde novel,
the narrative reels between lyrical, journalistic and cinematic of a gay erotic fantasy realm of gangs of over-sexed gay wild boys in jockstraps, armed with machetes or bowie knives, and their exploits to save the world from an oppressive and repressive police state backed by the American army and the CIA. Wild boys whose sexual exploits seems to be playing on a loop in the drug-infused delirium of daydreams of the past and the future come alive in a long series of powerful images. You can easily lose your bearings in this post-modern, comically picaresque adventure of excesses that will bring to mind the funnier moments of Petronius's Satyricon. Almost every page of this novel has so much gay wild boy wild sex depicted in an array of literary and sublime ways, so much so that I felt like all of the stream-of-consciousness image-filled pages should be stuck together by the time I reached the end of the novel; the cumulative effect is one of saturation, of mythic incarnations, of the lost innocence of an empty, horny gay gringo teenager tripping in the jungles of Mexico with the pagan brown man-eating gods and teen boy hustlers, while being initiated into the wild boys gang. The adventures of an emotionally-unavailable and empty American teenager coming of age among the Meso-American ruins, its ghosts and animals spirits, tripping on hallucingenic vines among the sacrificial temples. Whole chapters seems to be in a loop like a non-stop blue movie whose fictive narrative comes to life. A beautifully lyrical novel, but not for the weak of mind, not for prudes, nor for the reader who doesn't have an appreciation for graphic descriptions of the male body and gay sex as an integral component of the plot. Like the roaming eye of the vulture that is depicted in the first chapter of the book and later slaughtered, the narrator sees everything from above, from a higher point of view, but this roaming eyes is shot down and butchered and replaced with multiple movies screens projected a series of intense close-up images of the carnage, literal and metaphoric. Later in the novel, you are told that the story is being told by one of the survivors of a wild boy attack.
You have to read three-quarters of the novel before the narrator reveals the origin of the dangerous wild boy gangs and how they can reproduce without the need for women and about their customs, beliefs and destructive rampages, just imagine a hyper-sexualized Lord of the Flies fueled by drugs and advanced technology that melds human flesh and machine. The wild boys survive on the flesh of their male victims, in all its gory details, which seems to be a strong metaphor for how young male hustlers must survive all over the world. The wild boys "recruit" and "reproduce" more and more boys from Africa, From Latin America and eventually from Asia until the world seems to be taken over by these wild boys. You cannot help but think how the novel can be read as a critique not only of the wildness of young gay male hustlers who will do anything to survive but on the nature of gangs as a substitute for both family and society. The power of gay sexuality as a driving force behind a political movement is played out to its full and bloody glory.


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