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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks txt And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, text ebook And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, adobe reader And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, chapter 2 And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks bc1521 On August Lucien Carr, A Friend Of William S Burroughs From St Louis, Stabbed A Man Named David Kammerer With A Boy Scout Knife And Threw His Body In The Hudson River For Eight Years, Kammerer Had Fawned Over The Younger Carr, But That Night Something Happened Either Carr Had Had Enough Or He Was Forced To Defend HimselfThe Next Day, His Clothes Stained With Blood, Carr Went To His Friends Bill Burroughs And Jack Kerouac For Help Doing So, He Involved Them In The Crime A Few Months Later, They Were Caught Up In The Crime In A Different Way Something About The Murder Captivated The Beats, Especially Kerouac And Burroughs, Who Decided To Collaborate On A Novel About The Events Of The Previous Summer At The Time, The Two Authors Were Still Unknown, Yet To Write Anything Of Note Narrating Alternating Chapters, They Pieced Together A Hard Boiled Tale Of Bohemian New York During World War II, Full Of Drugs And Art, Obsession And Violence, With Scenes And Characters Drawn From Their Own LivesThey Submitted Their Manuscript Called And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks After An Absurd Line From A Radio Bulletin About A Circus Fire To Publishers, But It Was Rejected And Confined To A Filing Cabinet For Decades Finally Published, At Long Last, And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks Tells The Story Of Ramsay Allen And The Object Of His Fixation, The Charismatic, Idealistic Young Phillip Tourian Phillip And His Friends Drink And Dream In The Bars And Apartments Of The West Village, Until, With His Friend Mike Ryko Kerouac S Narrator , He Hatches A Plan To Ship Out As A Merchant Marine They Ll Catch A Boat For France And Jump Ship, Then Make Their Way Through The Front To Paris And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks Is An Engaging, Fast Paced Read That Shows The Two Authors Developing Styles It Is Also An Incomparable Artifact, A Legendary Novel From The Dawn Of The Beat Movement By Two Hugely Influential Writers


About the Author: William S. Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs II, also known by his pen name William Lee February 5, 1914 August 2, 1997 was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, he is considered to be one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century



10 thoughts on “And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

  1. says:

    The Beat lunatic s dream book William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac s first book and not only that but the only book that they wrote together Written in 1945, the story is based on their friend Lucian Carr who murdered another friend of everyone s at that time.Burroughs would write one chapter and Kerouac would write the other If one just read the chapters or book you would notice the style of the writing right away In other words it is very Burroughs and very Kerouac Even as young writers, their stylistic prose writing comes super clear as if it was their DNA being printed out on a page The great thing about the book than anything else is that it captures Manahattan life among the boho s of 1945 The bars, the characters, the life style, etc is fully expressed in this book If the narrative is not a masterpiece, then at the very least we have here an important document of a time that is no longer with us.So yeah it s a must of course for fans of both writers, but also, and again, it captures a moment very well and therefore the book is very moving for that reason alone.


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    I don t know where to start with this review This book meant so much to me Yet, I know for many people it wouldn t be a good read It s the only novel Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs ever wrote together, and it sat under floorboards for decades before finally getting published only a few years ago, now that all of the people it s about have died Lucien Carr was the last, passing away in 2005 He had asked the person who published this not to do it while he was alive.This book, while not listed as historical fiction, is historical fiction nonetheless It s characters represent Kerouac, Burroughs, Carr, Kammerer and others that were part of their group of friends For those of you that don t know about the Beat Generation of writers, Kerouac, Burroughs,and Ginsberg They were introduced to each other by Lucian Carr, who was the one who created the energy and impetus for their work to come Strangely, Carr never did publish Perhaps how he is portrayed in Kill Your Darlings was true maybe he had others do his college papers Or, perhaps he gave up after his stint in jail.Anyway, this story is based on the historic murder that took place in 1944 Lucian Carr stabbed David Kammerer several times, tied his hands behind his back with shoelaces, and put stones in his pockets, then rolled him into the river This was a huge case back then There were homosexual accusations Kammerer was gay and Carr s attorney protrayed Carr as a heterosexual who had been stalked by Kammerer since Carr was 11 and Kamerer was 25 The man followed him from state to state, school to school.Yet, Lucien Carr encouraged him Many times the two of them hung out together Making the story even interesting is the fact that Burroughs and Kammerer had been friends since childhood Kammerer always talked about his love for Lucien to Burroughs and his frustration that he had never scored with him.Yet, there is evidence that Lucien and Allan Ginsberg were intimate several times So, it isn t that Lucien Carr was strictly hetero This book tells the story from the perspective of two men that were close friends of both the victim and the murderer Although many little details are changed, I would have to assume they tell it much like it was Both this book and the movie Kill Your Darlings my favorite movie of 2013 show Lucien Carr to be an arrogant, egotistical cockteaser Yet, his charms were evident and seemed to work their magic on everyone he came into contact with I know even I am charmed by Lucien all these years later Lucien, Lucien, what really happened What went on between you and your stalker friend Had he used you when you were only 11 or 12 Did he hold some type of spell over you Or did you over him, and did you use that power to torture and demean him in front of others No one knows the full story Only Lucien Carr and David Hammerer could tell us and they are long gone But what a story it is Plus, William S Burroughs is a favorite of mine It was great fun to see what he and Kerouac did together as untested writers Great literature Probably not But totally wonderful just the same, as it gives us a glimpse into the Beat Generation s inner life and the beginning of two great writers.I did find it odd that Allan Ginsberg, or a character like him, is not in the book I don t know why.If you read it, be sure to read the notes at the end They will give you fascinating insight.


  3. says:

    The best part about this early beat novel is contrasting the temperaments of the two narrators Kerouac comes off as a naive little boy catching fireflies, while Burroughs is a grumpy old junkie codger squashing the fireflies and grumbling to himself about how stupid they were for flying near him.


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    I assume any reader who has been through one or two books by either William Burroughs or Jack Kerouac or both has a than occasional appetite for fiction that is beyond, or at least different from, conventional escapist entertainment.So it s slightly ironic to learn from the detailed afterword in And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, written by Burroughs bibliographer and literary executor James Grauerholz, that this mildly legendary yet long unpublished chapter trading collaboration between Burroughs and Kerouac was written explicitly for a genre fiction market, not for the avant garde reader Considering the historical gloss of Burroughs debut novel Junkie s publication, the commercial motivations for And the Hippos comes as less of surprise.But where Junkie, for this reader, successfully synthesized a pulp fiction aesthetic with an experientially informed first person account of heroin addiction s self destructive realities in solid, sparse and always accelerating prose, And the Hippos was, as I once heard Burroughs say in a documentary film clip, in that unforgettable, elongated nasal, St Louis Gentleman as ghastly specter drawl of his, not a very distinguished work The story s core is the perverse push pull relationship between the magnetically princely yet aloof Phillip Tourian Lucien Carr and Ramsay Allen David Kammerer , who at 14 years Tourian s elder and with obsessive longing for Tourian s love on both the physical and emotional plane plays a pitiful Verlaine to Tourian s haughty Rimbaud In alternating first person accounts, Burroughs Will Dennison and Kerouac s Mike Ryko relate the bad chemistry the two create for one another Burroughs Dennison, after speaking positively of each man individually in the first chapter, explains, when they get together something happens, and they form a combination which gets on everybody s nerves The combination proved to be ultimately toxic as well as annoying and the novel follows the real life events altered and embroidered in some ways known to us as matter of deviation from public record and in others known only to Carr and Kammerer of Tourian Carr killing Allen Kammerer, dumping his body in the Hudson river, and after confessing dramatically to Dennison Burroughs and to Ryko Kerouac, resulting in some drunken deliberation, turning himself in to the authorities with a plea of self defense.So why bother to read a work that comes nowhere near the level of Junkie, Naked Lunch or to throw Kerouac s ghost a bone here On the Road Well, if you don t have any curiosity about it or desire to do so, don t But if you are specifically interested in either or both of these two authors body of work, or generally interested in the many writers and hangers on who eventually decided they might as well pick up writing who have been lumped together as the Beats, you might as well at least get And the Hippos on local library loan like I did and give it the fast but not unenjoyable read it invites I certainly have no regrets about the time I invested in reading it, but I m glad I didn t shell out any cash.Allow me to digress a wee bit to explain that I consistently use the either or both construct when referring to Burroughs and Kerouac because I can easily imagine someone who enjoys reading Burroughs not having the patience for Kerouac or somewhat of a stretch for me most of the time vice verse On the whole, I myself find both writers to often be almost simultaneously innovative and limiting in the most intriguing yet vexing ways Up until the previous paragraph, I also deliberately avoided encapsulating both Burroughs and Kerouac with the broader brush stroke of the Beats because I think much of what is considered the collective Beat oeuvre shares personal histories, social circles and active exchanges of ideas about aesthetics and craft much than it reflects any common vision, like styles or similar artistic intents The ambitious and accomplished writers from this category of convenience deserve to be regarded on their own, especially Burroughs who if memory serves himself disavowed membership in any Beat literary scene.If, like me, you are an ardent reader of the Beats always seeking their best and, in the process, learning that their A list writers produced C grade material, if not far worse at times, you may also recognize how Beat reading, for lack of a elegant phrase, so easily develops into what I d prefer to think of as scholarship but what those who don t cozy up to the Beats as readily would criticize as a fetishistic focus on minutiae.So it was either my inner Beat scholar or my inner drooling fan boy completist take your pick who was delighted to read Burroughs in this passage trying out a prototype of the cosmic cynic and ultimate outsider by choice stance he would eventually perfect I had the feeling that all over America such stupid arguments were taking place on street corners and in bars and restaurants All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else s nose to prove they had been somewhere or done something And I thought someday everyone in America will suddenly jump up and say, I don t take any shit and start pushing and cursing and clawing at the man next to him I read the open to Chapter Eight with equal pleasure Wednesday turned out to be a beautiful day It was one of those clear and cool June days when everything is blue and rose and turret brown I stuck my head out Janie s window and looked around It was eleven o clock yet everything looked fresh and keen like early morning Who else but good ol TiJean could rhapsodize so about looking out the window and imagining the sheen of early morning with noon only an hour away Those who tend to dismiss Kerouac as a prolix and self indulgent flibbertigibbet and lord knows at times he gave plenty of reasons for people to do so , tend to miss his concentrated inventiveness exemplified by the use I assume, actually, coining of an adjective such as turret brown These passages are only two examples of nuggets easily mined and enjoyed if you re reading this book in the context of a familiarity with both of the authors later, developed and substantive work If you re reading And the Hippos for reasons other than what drove Henry Miller fans to read the posthumously published Moloch or Crazy Cock or what inspired literary enthusiasts in general to read the 1994 short story anthology First Fiction, you re probably going to be disappointed And if you haven t yet read the works that forged these writers lasting reputations, please start there.


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    I cheated a bit with this book and used the audio edition I started walking to work again and use the time to listen to a book This version is read by Ray Porter Porter changes his voice throughout the book reflecting the different authors Kerouac and Burroughs alternate in telling the story of the death of Ramsey Allen Like many of Kerouac s real life writings, the characters are real but their names are changed Kerouac is Mike Ryko and Burroughs goes by Will Dennison Ryko and Dennison tell the fictionalized story of mid 1940s New York City friends Aside from the death, it is typical Kerouac writing and is typical of his usual fare There is plenty of drinking Some marijuana smoking and the attempt to escape problems by heading out to sea There is also an openly gay character in the story who is well accepted, but also the motivation of the story The title has nothing to do with the story It comes from the 1944 Hartford Circus fire The paraffin coated big tops caught fire and 165 died and 700 were injured as a result Burrough s recalled the radio news story where the announcer said and the hippos were boiled in their tanks This book was written in 1945 but not published until 2008 and was met with unimpressive reviews for its literary style Overall, it is a good story of a group of friends who live fairly normal lives with perhaps an abnormal amount of drinking Interesting people fighting the mundane.


  7. says:

    Ayk r ak m, bana kal rsa edebiyat n en samimi ve en zg r taraf Yeralt Edebiyat , Beat Ku a da en ok ilgimi eken t rler bu y zden.Kerouac, Ginsgberg, Burroughs gibi yazarlar okudu um ok say da makaleden ve izledi im filmlerden art k tan yor gibiyim zellikle, Kill Your Darlings isimli g zel film, beni Beat Ku a na daha da itmi ti Ak m n ba lamas n tetikleyenlerden eylerden biri, Lucien Carr n i ledi i cinayetti ve bu cinayetin perde arkas , Ginsberg n ve Kerouac in hemen hemen her eserini etkilemi ti.Ve Hipopotamlar Tanklar nda Ha land lar, 1944 y l nda, Jack Kerouac ve William S Burroughs un beraber kaleme ald , David Kammerer cinayetinin hikayele tirilmi hali Kitab n sons z k sm nda da olay n asl n ve Kerouac ile Burroughs un tutuklan n g rebiliyoruz Kitap, altm y l kadar bir s re yay nlanm yor ancak Beat Ku a ba lay p, yazarlar n kitaplar b y k bir yank uyand rd ktan ve Lucien Carr ld kten sonra, Ve Hipopotamlar Tanklar nda Ha land lar, g n y z ne k yor Evet, dedim, ama sen bir sanat s n Namusa ve d r stl e ve minnettarl a inanm yorsun Kitab n Mike Ryko b l mleri Jack e, Will Dennison b l mleri William a ait kilinin sluplar aras ndaki fark, okuduk a kendini daha ok belli ediyor, yazarlara daha da yakla m gibi hissediyorsunuz Cinayetin farkl isimlerle, ayr nt s z ve biraz farkl bir versiyonu olsa da, d nemin Amerika s ve yazarlar n kalemi yine ortada Bu kitap, hikayeye ve yazarlara biraz yak nsan z, okumas inan lmaz e lenceli, duygulu ve merak uyand r c Yani ben, Beat yazarlar na biraz a ina olduktan sonra okuman z taraftar y m Karakterleri tan man z yk y daha ilgi ekici hale getirecektir Ben ak m n felsefesine, yazarlar n ya amlar na ve yaz tarzlar na kocaman g zlerle bakt mdan, keyifli bir deneyim oldu.Ayk r ak ma ve yazarlar na ilginiz varsa, biraz tan yorsan z ya da belki eserlerini okumu san z, Hipopotamlar Tanklar nda Ha land lar okuman z neririm Ayn zamanda hikayenin Allen Ginsberg taraf n g rmek isterseniz, Kill Your Darlings i izlemenizi de tavsiye edece im O film, ger ekte ya ananlar n do rudan beyaz perdeye aktar m.Kitab okudu uma ok memnunum ve bundan sonra, yine, Beat okumaya devam edece im umar m.


  8. says:

    Scritta, riscritta, rinnegata, mai dimenticata, congelata nel tempo e solo adesso, morti tutti i personaggi, pubblicata, E gli ippopotami si sono lessati nelle loro vasche la storia dell omicidio che diede inizio alla beat generation E non poteva essere altrimenti.Questo strano, modesto, iperrealistico e nudo romanzo a quattro mani restituisce perfettamente quello che fu il nucleo originario della beat, a cominciare dall ambientazione caotica e quasi boh mien della New York degli anni Quaranta pub, salotti, locali per omosessuali, navi in partenza, e lontana, come il gracidare della radio in sottofondo, la guerra Una guerra innocua, che sembra esserci sempre stata, al punto da non scoraggiare affatto il sogno di Jack e Lucien di salpare verso Parigi.Narrativamente aggiunge ben poco alle figure ben note dei suoi due scrittori stilisticamente acerbo come solo un romanzo d esordio non pubblicato pu essere E gi qualcosa si intravede dietro lo pseudonimo di Will Dennison si cela Burroughs, un attimo prima di tuffarsi nella tossicodipendenza, con i suoi omosessuali sbandati e la sua femme fatale nell irrequietezza di Mike Ryko c la smania di partire di Kerouac Accanto a loro, un variegato e chiacchierone gruppo di giovani, che l utilissima postfazione di James W Grauerholz riconosce e inquadra.L omicidio del 13 agosto 1944 lo sparo d inizio e mentre Kerouac comincia a correre per non fermarsi pi , rincorso, instancabile, dal ricordo di quella notte, per Burroughs si incarner in una scimmia sulla schiena.


  9. says:

    As the first novel by both Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs, in collaboration, this is a book of great literary significance, especially to anybody with an interest in the Beat Movement.The two writers wrote a chapter each, alternately, and read their chapters aloud to each other before the other started work on the next one Anybody familiar with either writer s work would easily be able to tell which chapters were written by which writer, even if they weren t told from the point of view of the fictionalised version of themselves To anybody a bit familiar with the Beat Movement the rest of the cast of characters are also recognisable, as this entire book is based on actual events although to call most of the contents of this book events is to stretch the term to breaking point Until the last two chapters, most of the characters spend the book doing as little as humanly possible.To be honest, if you strip away this book s place in the history of literature, which it holds largely due to the circumstances of it s creation rather than any great artistic merit, this novel is just OK It s not a bad book, by any means, and I did enjoy reading it, but it falls short of actual greatness.Oh, and, for the record, no hippos were harmed in the making of this book.


  10. says:

    Read this in a day It s a quick read Sure learned a lot about being a merchant marine Also sad and interesting was seeing the corruption of the cops while Will was bar tending Right after this I watched Kill Your Darlings Note Ginsburg is nowhere in this book I can t give an objective review of this book right now I somehow got so immersed in this Beat culture all I can say is This is great when maybe it s not Great glimpses of New York in the forties, especially having to dress nice and how you got treated if you didn t We also take AC for granted When they say it s hot, it s really sweat pouring off your brow while you re sleeping hot They also ate glass Like bite into yout cocktail glass and start chewing Not an emotional book at all, considering the subject matter Jack and Will are unwitting accomplices when Lucius Carr kills David Kammerer though this account is very fictionalized Maybe it was good therapy along with alcohol and heroin.


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