Naked Lunch Book Summary and Study Guide

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This novel is a loose collection of its author's drug-induced delusions. It takes place mostly in Tangiers, Morrocco, where the writer sometimes lived. He depicts the city as a depraved, sexually deviant, drug-addled, bizarre underworld, known as Interzone. Characters come and go, strange situations and themes play themselves out. A recurring character in Burroughs' work, Dr. Benway, a sadistic quack bent on mind control, also surfaces every once in a while. The only element that draws all parts of the novel's nightmare-esque narrative together is the idea that all of the visions come from a heroin addict who desperately needs a fix.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   living in dreamworld Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   drugs

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Lot of foul language?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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