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And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Ray Porter (Read by)

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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (11/10/2009)
Hardcover (11/1/2008)
Audio Cassette (11/1/2008)

December 2008 Indie Next List

“Unlike most rediscovered works by well-known authors, this collaboration between two of the best-known Beat writers is well done and extremely readable. Based on actual events and told in alternating chapters, this will not disappoint fans of either writer.”
— Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
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Description

More than sixty years ago, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, two novice writers at the dawn of their careers, sat down to write a novel about the summer of 1944, when one of their friends killed another in a moment of brutal and tragic bloodshed. Alternating chapters, they pieced together a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and obsession, art and violence. The manuscript, named after a line from a news story about a fire at a circus, was rejected by publishers and confined to a filing cabinet for decades. Now, for the first time, this legendary collaboration between two of the twentieth century's most influential writers is being released. Both a fascinating piece of American literary history and an engrossing, atmospheric novel, it brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation.

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781433249112

Publication Date: November 11, 2008