Naked Lunch | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Paul Ableman

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Critical Essay by Paul Ableman

Twenty years ago, William Burroughs published the most brilliant satire in English since Gulliver's Travels. The Naked Lunch, indeed, has many points of similarity with Swift's masterpiece: a mocking contempt for power and its wielders, a shrinking disgust from the flesh (in both cases resulting in some of the most revolting scatalogical passages ever printed), a vision of mankind as almost irredeemably base, a keen eye for moral soft spots in the prevailing culture, a hatred of jargon and pomposity, a profound comic sense, a fierce indignation about privilege and, far from least, a tough, flexible prose style.

The chief difference was that Burroughs provided no Gulliver, no voyager of goodwill, with whom the reader could identify. The Naked Lunch was structured like a fairground, a series of booths each vying with the next to present...

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