Kazijin Until the last two chapters, most of the characters spend the book doing as little as humanly possible. It is a fictionalized version of their experiences with the Kammerer murder by Lucien Carr, and they do it justice. Kerouac often thd his fictional characters on friends and family. A few months later, they were caught up in the crime in a different way. The murder of Kammerer occurs close to the end so much of the story is actually the background tneir what led up to the murder, including some outrageous parties that they threw. These are the hhippos.
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Ian Pindar Published on Sat 6 Dec Burroughs and Kerouac were 30 and 21 respectively when they composed And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks the surreal title alludes to a report of a fire at a zoo , writing alternate chapters under pseudonyms.
A bloodstained Carr sought out both men straight after the attack, but whereas the worldly-wise Burroughs calmly advised Carr to turn himself in, Kerouac buckled under the strain.
Nevertheless, Kerouac can barely disguise his excitement at this unexpected exposure to a real-life drama. Without Carr, however, the whole Beat phenomenon might never have happened, for he not only introduced Kerouac, Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg to one another, he also inspired them by setting a bad example. Carr served two years for manslaughter, then tried to put his past behind him, persuading his friends never to publish Hippos in his lifetime.
Not that they could find a publisher. Neither Burroughs nor Kerouac is at his best here, but Hippos has value as a testament to their latent talent.
Both men, though young, come across as natural writers with an instinct for the telling detail. Burroughs is grimly fascinated by the abuse of authority, his sarcastic, petty-minded landlord Mr Goldstein being a distant relative of the County Clerk in Naked Lunch.
If anything, Hippos proves that becoming a junkie was the making of Burroughs, pulling his unique vision into focus. Kerouac also brings alive the exotic, homoerotic allure of the waterfront and a life at sea, as he and Carr plan to sign on as seamen and reach Paris in time for the liberation. Hippos, with wartime New York as its setting, has that sustained, nervous tension and sense of impending doom.
And the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks
Shelves: read-back2library-who-cares 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. Louis Gentleman as ghastly specter drawl of his, "not a very distinguished work. 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.
AND THE HIPPOS BOILED IN THEIR TANKS PDF
Both were members of a loose New York coterie of artsy dropouts but neither had written anything substantial. It was just broke and bored. And then, something happened. David Kammerer, a school friend of Burroughs, had come to New York to pursue his infatuation with Lucien Carr, a beautiful boy from a wealthy family. The two washed up in Manhattan, where on a mid-August night they shared a bottle of wine in Riverside Park.
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Ian Pindar Published on Sat 6 Dec Burroughs and Kerouac were 30 and 21 respectively when they composed And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks the surreal title alludes to a report of a fire at a zoo , writing alternate chapters under pseudonyms. A bloodstained Carr sought out both men straight after the attack, but whereas the worldly-wise Burroughs calmly advised Carr to turn himself in, Kerouac buckled under the strain. Nevertheless, Kerouac can barely disguise his excitement at this unexpected exposure to a real-life drama.