- Capa comum: 144 páginas
- Editora: Companhia das Letras (9 de janeiro de 2017)
- Idioma: Português
- ISBN-10: 8535928448
- ISBN-13: 978-8535928440
- Dimensões do produto: 20,8 x 13,8 x 1,2 cm
- Peso do produto: 200 g
- Avaliação média: 5.0 de 5 estrelas Ver todas as análises (1 avaliação de cliente)
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Queer (Português) Capa Comum – 8 jan 2017
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"It was a wise old queen--Bobo, we called her--who taught me that I had a duty to live and bear my burden proudly for all to see, to conquer prejudice and ignorance and hate with knowledge and sincerity and love.”
A common theme in the book is the search for non-verbal communication, sometimes by a man seeking quick love in the Mexican nite; or the same man all too hurt by a deeper relationship, hoping he can express himself clairvoyantly, via intuition; or by means of suspicious glances between two friends evaluating the company of a lonesome and maudlin soul; there is even the discourse of hallucinatory drugs and their 'telepathic' powers. If you consider the time period when Burroughs wrote this and the general opinion at that time towards queer sexuality, it makes perfect sense why he'd seek out eccentric ways to discuss forbidden feelings and attractions.
To summarize the book, it starts off almost immediately after "Junky," Lee is living in Mexico where he's fled after a drug bust nearly put him in prison in New Orleans and now he's gotten himself off of heroin but has taken up a new dangerous habit in the form of excessive alcohol intake. He spends most of his time in bars, putting down 'routines,' which are diatribe-like shaggy dog stories that don't really go anywhere and he uses them to entertain the company he keeps in the bars and restaurants he spends most of his time in. He eventually meets a young man named Allerton who he quickly becomes obsessed with and tries to do everything in his power to be around him even though Allerton wants little to nothing to do with Lee. After some coercing, he convinces Allerton to go to South America with him to search for a drug called 'Yage,' which Lee believes will make him psychic and allow himself to manipulate the wills of people and maybe even reality itself through some form of telepathy, which the drug purportedly has the abilities to do. Then the story stops dead-- the book ends without any closure and just sort of stops. I'm not sure if this was Burroughs' intention, or the result of the book not being published for many years after it was written and some of the final chapters being lost but the story quickly ends after briefly shifting from third person to first person in the epilogue and ends with no sense of closure or coming full circle the way most of Burroughs' work, even his abstract stuff does.
It's well written, if not slow with well developed characters and it has the same dark mood to it that "Junky" had with some of the twists like deciding to go to South America, but ultimately "Queer" is inferior to "Junky," because the story is constantly interrupted by Bill Lee's goofy little 'routines,' these routines are present in many of Burroughs' work, but they serve no purpose here in "Queer," and don't do anything to move the story along and instead slow down the pace of the book and often make you find yourself looking ahead to see just how long they go on because of their empty additions that seem to serve only the purpose of padding out an otherwise fine story with diatribes against nobody in particular. However, if you can get past them, which I did, the book is fine and serves as a decent footnote to a far superior novel.
If you're new to Burroughs' work, pick this book up and "Junky," and maybe a book of Burroughs' short stories like "Interzone" or "Exterminator!" and read "Junky" first. This, like I said, serves as little more than a footnote to the colossally entertaining "Junky," and is for people who read that and wanted to see more of some of the characters or styles of "Junky." Other than that, "Queer" is decent as a stand alone novel, but stands on very shaky ground.