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Return to Book Page. Burroughs ,. Jack Kerouac. Burroughs from St. 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 himself.
The 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 lives.
They 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.
Get A Copy. Hardcover , First Edition , pages. Published by Grove Press first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I can't find one. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 18, Caddy Rowland rated it it was amazing.
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 He had asked the person who published this not to do it while he was alive.
This book, while not I don't know where to start with this review. 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 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 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 more 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 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. View 2 comments. Oct 20, Tosh rated it really liked it. 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 , the story is based on their friend Lucian Carr who murdered another friend of everyone's at that time.
A first stab at Beat
I n the summer of Jack Kerouac was 23, William Burroughs Both were members of a loose New York coterie of artsy dropouts but neither had written anything substantial. Drifting between late-night bars, friends' apartments and union halls, they were slowly becoming themselves, Kerouac slumming around as a half-hearted merchant seaman and Burroughs embarking on his patient metamorphosis into a wire-veined votary of morphine. In those early days the Beat generation hadn't even realised it was beat. It was just broke and bored.
And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks
The best thing about this collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. The two authors take turns telling their story in alternating chapters. As James W. Louis, Mo.
And The Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks
The legendary unpublished collaboration between William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, a hard-boiled crime novel about a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation. Burroughs from St. The next day, his clothes stained with blood, he went to his friends Bill Burroughs and Jack Kerouac for help. Doing so, he caught them up in the crime.