And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (2020)

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks Jack Kerouac William S. Burroughs And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks More than sixty years ago William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and t
  • Title: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
  • Author: Jack Kerouac William S. Burroughs
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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks Jack Kerouac William S. Burroughs More than sixty years ago, William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write anything of note Alternating chapters and narrators, Burroughs and Kerouac pieceMore than sixty years ago, William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac sat down inNew York City to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed The two authors were then at the dawn of their careers, having yet to write anything of note Alternating chapters and narrators, Burroughs and Kerouac pieced together a hard boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence The manuscript, called And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was submitted to publishers but rejected and confined to a filing cabinet for decades This legendary collaboration between two of the twentieth centuries most influential writers is set to be published for the first time in the fall of 2008 A remarkable, fascinating piece of American literary history, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is also an engrossing, atmospheric novel that brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.
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  1. Tosh

    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 [...]

  2. Paquita Maria Sanchez

    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.

  3. Caddy Rowland

    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 liste [...]

  4. Mark

    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 betwee [...]

  5. Joseph

    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 [...]

  6. Paul

    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 [...]

  7. Sara

    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 [...]

  8. Deniz

    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 [...]

  9. T4ncr3d1

    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 p [...]

  10. Robert Hobkirk

    Kerouac and Burroughs wrote this novel together, writing alternate chapters, in 1945 when they were unknowns They never were able to get it published, being unknown, and the publishers thinking it would have no sales appeal Welcome to the book biz It was finally published in 2008.Both writers used simple sentences, Kerouac not going off on his poetic riffs I couldn t tell who was writing unless I read the chapter heading Like all of Kerouac s and Burroughs writing, this story was based upon a fa [...]

  11. Chelsea Whyte

    Overall, this will end up in that category of books I m glad I read, though I m not sure how much I liked it Burroughs and Kerouac took turns writing chapters from the perspective of the two main characters, Will Dennison and Mike Ryko Though I didn t know it while I was reading, these were meant to represent themselves The book tells the story of a murder committed by a friend of theirs while they were young and living in New York The story itself ambles slowly through the hot summer in the cit [...]

  12. lydia

    I began to get a feeling familiar to me from my bartending days of being the only sane man in a nuthouse It doesn t make you feel superior but depressed and scared, because there is nobody you can contact And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanksis a fictionalized account of David Kammerer s murder by Lucien Carr in 1943, cowritten by Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs The crime shocked the public opinion, partly because Carr was a gifted Columbia student and partly due to his claim that he was [...]

  13. Geoff Dunk

    The first book I have completed so far this summer I read the first 20 or so pages last night before bed and read the rest in the car today on the way to and from brunch with my mom s side of the family.It s about 200 pages and it s a fictionalized re telling of the infamous Columbia murder that gave birth to the Beats and essentially inspired Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs to start to thoroughly document their times and travels The murder of David Kammerer by Lucien Carr is a well documented [...]

  14. Audrey

    This book was above all else an interesting bit of literary history It was written in the mid 1940s, almost a full ten years before Kerouac and Burroughs became famous It is written from the perspective of two characters, Dennison and Ryko, written by Burroughs and Kerouac respectively It is fascinating to read their early work, and to see their styles play off one another It is a fictionalized version of their experiences with the Kammerer murder by Lucien Carr, and they do it justice In terms [...]

  15. reem

    Two brilliant writers, one of them I still consider a favourite 10 years after picking up On the Road and losing my mind , write alternating chapters about a murder in New York around 1944, and you expect me to give it less than 3 stars Well, I ve thought about it a lot and I think it s only fair that it gets no than that, despite Kerouac s marvelous storytelling Burroughs was ever so clever as well The big story behind the book, which was based on real events, took a long time to come through [...]

  16. Vince

    Well, you can t say nothing happens, I mean, they eat glass within the first 10 pages and there s, of course, murder.

  17. Reid

    The strange case of Lucien Carr and David Kammerer Murder, almost without consequence, unlike The Stranger, and Hippos makes for a pretty good companion piece what with the matter of fact nearly emotionless aspects of the material, and how the social s impact the punishment Hippos was written in 1945 about the same time as The Stranger, and before Camus English translation Hippos is a real case, though And it s less about the murder and aftermath, and about setting the scene, of this loose grou [...]

  18. Neil McCrea

    And the Hippos is quite the hidden gem A collaboration between Kerouac Burroughs written in 1945 long before either of them achieved any literary success The glimmers of future greatness are there, but perhaps refreshingly the self indulgences both writers are occasionally known for are absent The Burroughs chapters have all of his trademark wry, black humor, and the Kerouac chapters lack some of his poetry but retain his pathos.The afterward detailing the history of this novel and why it coul [...]

  19. Cari

    Though definitely an invaluable literary artifact and of interest to Beat junkies, this is little than that Good literature No, not even approaching the skill and depth of the authors later works Interesting, though, and a good story how could it not be, based on facts Just severely lacking on the technical side There s a reason this wasn t published, there s a reason this wasn t the book that made either Kerouac or Burroughs famous, and honestly It s better that way.Still, a must read for any [...]

  20. Maja Shinigami

    Da okej, slatko je to su B i K odali po ast svojim hipsterskim frendi ima Carru i Kammereru i njihovoj ljubavnoj tragediji i opisali svoje me usobno, prepotentno zgubidarenje, lokanje i drogsanje dok itaju Yeatsa i Eliota, prije nego to su postali poznati Beatovci ali, really wtf Gdje je tu umjetnost kojoj oni toliko te e Najlak e je napucat se morfijem i onda biti pisac slash umjetnik i pisat 12 sati u komadu da bi nastalo ovako ne to Ne da mi se itat to piju i deru na cca 200 stranica.Burrough [...]

  21. Mat

    Burroughs AND Keroauc writing a book together What could you want This book is BRILLIANT Loved it As it was written at a very early stage in their careers, I must admit that initially I had doubts which were soon dispelled by the great quality of writing from both of these legendary writers It almost beggars belief that they were just in the incipient stages of their soon to be great literary careers, when they wrote this fascinating story which affected them all in a deep way.Kerouac was said [...]

  22. mikaalfh

    Non mi credi ha detto Lo sai, vero, che le cose possono trascinarsi fino a un certo punto ma poi succede qualcosa.Diciamo pure che avevo gi idea che fosse la storia di Carr e Kammerer in versione romanzata, ironica e tagliente diciamo anche che apprezzo altamente il lavoro costituito a due mani da Kerouac e Burroughs da cui poi si pu perfettamente intuire il carattere e i due tipi di personalit derivanti, in contrasto anche se perfettamente incastrati e diciamo oltretutto che la narrazione fluen [...]

  23. Richard

    The introduction to this book mentions that Hippos existed for years in manuscript form, buried under floor boards Could be apocryphal, as most lost art stories are Dear estates of the late Messrs Kerouac and Burroughs should ve left this manuscript under the floorboards Or maybe ran it past an editor My big problem with Hippos was that I couldn t feel sympathy for any of the characters They had no form or beauty that we should desire them The protagonists spend the entirety of the book trolling [...]

  24. Talia Rosenthal

    And The Hippos was the first Kerouac novel I ve read and through having no previous knowledge about the author or the Beats time period, I was mostly in awe of the scenes described in the book Hippos was written about a murder in the mid 40 s from the perspectives of two close friends of the victim and murderer The change of writing styles between Burroughs and Kerouac from chapter to chapter made the novel engaging and all the amusing The stories told inclosed scandal and all kinds of fun absu [...]

  25. Julie Rylie

    I think one of the main reasons why I didn t reaaaally liked this book was because I read a portuguese version of it and the translation was not one the best let s say I saw it was a version from 2013 but the language that was used was kind of vulgar, in the sense that besides general vulgarity it would or should have been translated by a person that lived in a different time and space in Portugal coz we don t speak like that since 1975 probably Translation problems aside, I was quite curious ab [...]

  26. Tristan Stewart

    Although an enjoyable an entertaining read, felt incomplete by the end of the story The book felt to short Had potential to be greater than it actually was Burroughs writing was simplistic and fact oriented whereas Kerouac s writing was dream like and youthful, scattered even Interesting to see the contrast This as a whole was neither here nor there, unfortunately.

  27. Matt

    Interesting artifact of literary history It s not that great a novel but it does have a certain ease and accessibility which makes it enjoyable The Kerouac sections are the better written ones, by far.It IS liberating to read mediocre prose by worthy writers, though, since you get to see what it s like to write work out of apprenticeship, as it were Takes the intimidation factor way down

  28. Sarah

    DNF at 37%This is so incredibly slow moving and dull, I just can t bring myself to read any I don t care about any of the characters, the writing is uninspiring and nothing has happened so far apart from a load of dudes getting drunk and talking about shipping out.

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