So far there have been no dreams that have taken wing. Not one man has been born light enough, gay enough, to leave the earth! The eagles who flapped their mighty pinions for a while came crashing heavily to earth. They made us dizzy with the flap and whir of their wings. Stay on the earth, you eagles of the future! The heavens have been explored and they are empty. And what lies under the earth is empty too, filled with bones and shadows. Stay on the earth and swim another few hundred thousand years!
He spake: and to confirm his words, out-flew
Millions of flaming swords, drawn from the thighs
Of mighty Cherubim; the sudden blaze
Far round illumin’d hell: highly they rag’d
Against the Highest, and fierce with grasped arms
Clash’d on thir sounding Shields the din of war,
Hurling defiance toward the vault of Heav’n.
Men are hirelings. For each one who acts like a master,
there are others who are bursting with conceit. And the
ones who don’t kowtow to anything are in jail or underground.
Jail and death for some people means bootlicking
for all the rest . . .
Been dazed and confused for so long it’s not true.
Wanted a woman, never bargained for you.
Lots of people talk and few of them know,
soul of a woman was created below.
Naked Lunch is a banquet you will never forget.
This extraordinary novel is a cosmic apocalypse, a roller-coaster ride through hell, a safari to the strangest people of the strangest planet, ourselves.