The best thing about this collaboration between Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs is its gruesomely comic title: “And the Hippos Were. 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. And the Hippos Were Boiled In Their Tanks is now published for the first time. A barely encrypted roman à clef, it is narrated by Will Dennison.

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They could only write what they knew, after all, and they both new different things, both in terms of facts and of style. Check out the slide show: Lucien considered Jack to be a great friend and the feeling was obviously mutual to the point where Jack almost named a book after his friend – Lucien Midnightlater changed to Old Angel Midnightwhich I am currently reading.

I saw it was a version from but the language that was used was kind of vulgar, in the sense that besides general vulgarity it would or should have been translated by a person that lived in a different time and space in Portugal coz we don’t speak like that since probably.

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

All over America, people were pulling credentials out of their pockets and sticking them under someone else’s nose to prove that they ranks been somewhere or done something. Views Read Edit View history. Burroughs AND Keroauc writing a book together? Overall, it is a good story of a group of friends who live fairly normal lives with perhaps an abnormal amount of drinking.

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It was just broke boile bored. It was one of those clear and cool June days when everything is blue and rose and turret-brown. Jack helped Lucien hide the murder weapon and therefore was charged as ‘accessory after the fact’, which also had the unforeseen consequence of him marrying Edie Parker as her parents put up tge bail money.


The first book I have completed so far this summer. It’s not a bad book, by any means, and I did enjoy reading it, but it falls short of actual greatness.

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View all 3 comments. Dec 18, Sarah marked it as dnf Shelves: But that was where the story ended between the two parties, as Carr went to seek refuge with Burroughs. Maybe the writers took it for granted since they were living there and seeing the scene every day. Both writers knew the victim and the perp’ and the facts about the murder.

At the time, the two authors were still unknown, yet to write anything of note. Sure learned a lot bpiled being a merchant marine. It is a fictionalized version of their experiences with the Kammerer murder by Lucien Carr, and they do it justice. This book, while not listed as historical fiction, is historical fiction nonetheless.

It comes from the Hartford Circus fire. Apr 16, Talia Rosenthal rated it it was amazing. In t This book was above all else an interesting bit of literary history. Who are we to root for?

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It almost beggars belief that they were just in the incipient stages of their soon-to-be-great literary careers, when they wrote this fascinating story which affected them all in a deep way. The book tells the story of a murder committed by a friend of theirs while they were young and living in New York. Oct 20, Tosh rated it really bkiled it.

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In between, there was a description, by Kerouac, in Vanity of Duluozbut the truth was heavily distorted.

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Like all of Kerouac’s and Burroughs’ writing, this story was based upon a factual happening, a murder. I can’t give an objective review of this book right now.

Dec 22, Paquita Maria Sanchez rated it liked it Shelves: The great thing about the book more than anything else is that it captures Manahattan life among the boho’s of I felt like seeing the Pennsylvania hills again, and the scrub pines of North Carolina. It’s a quick read. According to Carr, Kammerer tried to sexually assault the younger man, and Carr defended himself by stabbing his attacker twice in the chest with a small Boy Scout knife.

This was a huge case back then. I don’t care about any of the characters, the writing is uninspiring and nothing has happened so far apart from anf load of dudes getting drunk and talking about shipping out.

Hippos was written about a murder in the mid 40’s from the perspectives of two close friends of the victim and tthe. Next, Carr went to visit Kerouac, who responded differently, helping Carr to dispose of the murder weapon, and then taking him on a tour of the city to talk about what happened. This way the excitement of the story was better absorbed by the reader and the personal aspects of the more boring characters became more appealing than they would have otherwise.