And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

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The legendary novel whose true events inspired the film KILL YOUR DARLINGS

In the summer of 1944, a shocking murder rocked the fledgling Beats. William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, both still unknown, we inspired by the crime to collaborate on a novel, a hard-boiled tale of bohemian New York during World War II, full of drugs and art, obsession and brutality, with scenes and characters drawn from their own lives. Finally published after more than sixty years, this is a captivating read, and incomparable literary artifact, and a window into the lives and art of two of the twentieth century’s most influential writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144348
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 11/10/2009
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 347,270
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) was an American author and painter and the central figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s. His most famous books include On the Road, The Dharma Bums, and Big Sur. Several of his novels have been adapted into popular films. In 1959 Kerouac released his long-form poem, Mexico City Blues, which is his most important work of poetry. Few authors can claim as large an influence on American culture as Jack Kerouac and his examinations of youth and rebellion.

Table of Contents





I. Halos and Horns

2. Imagination Is Funny

3. Showdown

Book II. Fields of Fire


4. Fire at Sea

5. Music Bingo, Dummy Math, and Gamma Rays

6. Welcome to the Gallant Marines

7. The Crown Prince

8. The Bloody Filter

9. Do You Want to Go Home?

10. The Cherry Boy

11. The Natural

12. Trusting the System

13. 'Tis the Season to Be Jolly

14. Stranger in a Strange Land

15. The Reasonable and Honest War Criminal

16. Long Tall Sally

17. The Water Walker

18. Adult Education

19. A Tutorial with the Greats

20. Reentry

21. A Change of Heart

22. Pug Henry

23. Women Can't Fight

24. Guerrilla Warfare

25. Garlic in a Crowded Elevator

Book III. The Nightingale's Song


26. Ollie, Bud, and John

27. The Candidate from Hanoi

28. Scorpions in a Jar

29. Noble Cause Redux

30. The Doubters

31. The Presbyterian Climax

32. Put 'Em Up, Put 'Em Up

33. Remember Yamamoto

34. An Alien Presence

35. I Don't Have Any Life

36. The White Tornado

37. The Biggest Hawk and the Biggest Dove

38. Where Was Al Krekich When We Needed Him?

39. Chinatown


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