: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (Audible Audio Edition) : Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Ray Porter, Inc. Blackstone Audio. And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks is an incomparable artifact from the early days of the Beats, a fascinating piece of American literary history, and a. The best thing about this collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs is its gruesomely comic title: “And the Hippos Were.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. For eight years, Kammerer had fawned over the younger Carr, but that night something happened: 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 narratorhe hatches a plan to bolied 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. HardcoverFirst Editionpages.

Published by Grove Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I can’t find one. Lists with This Book. Oct 20, Tosh rated it on liked it. The Beat-lunatic’s dream book. Burroughs anf Jack Kerouac’s first book – and not only that but the only book that they wrote together. Written inthe 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 writer The Beat-lunatic’s dream book. Even as young writers, their stylistic prose writing comes super clear as if it was their DNA being printed out on a page. The great thing about the book more than anything else is that it captures Manahattan life among the boho’s of The bars, the characters, the life style, etc.

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If the boled is not a masterpiece, then at the very least we have here an important document of a time that is no longer with us.

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So yeah it’s a must of course for fans of both writers, but also, and again, it captures a moment very well – and therefore the book is very moving for that reason alone.

View all 7 comments. Dec 18, Caddy Rowland rated it it was amazing. I don’t know where to start with this review. This tnaks meant so much to me. Yet, I know for many people it wouldn’t be a good read.

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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: 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.

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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?


Bouled he used you when you were only 11 or 12? Did he hold some type of boilwd 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. Burroughs is a favorite of mine. It was great fun to see what he bokled Kerouac did together as untested writers. 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.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

Dec 22, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

Nov 28, Mark rated it it was ok Shelves: I assume any reader who has been through one or two books by either William Burroughs or Jack Kerouac or both has a more than occasional appetite for fiction that is beyond, or at least different from, conventional escapist entertainment. But where Junkiefor this reader, successfully synthesized a pulp fiction aesthetic with an experientially informed first person account of heroin addiction’s self destructive realities in solid, sparse and always accelerating prose, And the Hippos was, as I once heard Burroughs say in a documentary film clip, in that unforgettable, elongated nasal, St.

Louis Gentleman as ghastly specter drawl of his, “not a very distinguished work. I certainly have no regrets about the time I invested in reading it, but I’m glad I didn’t shell out any cash. On the whole, I myself find both writers to often be almost simultaneously innovative and limiting in the most intriguing yet vexing ways.

Up until the previous paragraph, I also deliberately avoided encapsulating both Burroughs and Kerouac with the broader brush stroke of “the Beats” because I think much of what is considered the collective Beat oeuvre shares personal histories, social circles and active exchanges of ideas about aesthetics and craft much more than it reflects any common vision, like styles or similar artistic intents. The more ambitious and accomplished writers from this category of convenience deserve to be regarded on their own, especially Burroughs who—if memory serves—himself disavowed membership in any Beat literary scene.

So it was either my inner Beat scholar or my inner drooling fan-boy completist take your pick who was delighted to read Burroughs in this passage trying out a prototype of the cosmic cynic and ultimate outsider-by-choice stance he would eventually perfect. All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else’s nose to prove they had been somewhere or done something.