The western lands

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Viking, Dec 1, 1987 - Fiction - 258 pages
37 Reviews
Burroughs completes a trilogy that began with Cities of the Red Night and The Place of Dead Roads with a profound, revealing and often astounding meditation on the themes of mortality, loneliness, nuclear peril and theinextinguishable hope for an existence beyond bodily death.

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A perfect ending to the trilogy. - Goodreads
Writers writing themselves into immortality. - Goodreads
The book ends with the death of that writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Western Lands (The Red Night Trilogy #3)

User Review  - George Ilsley - Goodreads

Burroughs wrote a number of similar book: Cities of the Red Night, etc. Only later were they presented as part of a series. The Western Lands of one of WSB's best, and represents a type of culmination and distillation. Read full review

Review: The Western Lands (The Red Night Trilogy #3)

User Review  - Shaun - Goodreads

Quite possibly my favorite book of this trilogy. Burroughs has never shied away from attacking organized religion, and he does so more than ever here. Structurally, the book reminded me of Naked Lunch. Read full review


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William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"--which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).

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