From recollections of early childhood in Germany and L.A. in the '20s to the unflinching reflections of a grizzled septuagenarian, the stunning directness and infamous "bad attitude" of Bukowski's autobiographical poetry and fiction are as captivating as they are repugnant. Faithfully anthologized here by his longtime editor and arranged in chronological order, these excerpts from more than 20 of Bukowski's published books chronicle--both explicitly and through several recurring personas--the major events of the author's life: childhood, the Depression and WW II, the deaths of parents and lovers, his experience in Hollywood, illness and old age. Bukowski's signature themes are also present: the racetrack, drinking, violence, women, sex and, of course, writing. Set in some half-dozen big cities, and several grim hinterlands in between, they depict protagonists listlessly careening through unusual jobs, seedy bars and squalid apartments where they are observed in fierce lovers' quarrels or in solitary debauch with just some booze and a typewriter. All are rendered with great immediacy, disturbing candor and Bukowski's singular blend of cynicism, misanthropy and unexpected sentimentality. While devotees may prefer the original volumes in their entirety, this is an effective primer for the uninitiated, or a refresher for past readers who, incredibly, have managed to forget.
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"Read by Bukowski, the works take on greater magnitude from the intensity of his soft, almost calm voice... Stunning." -- -- Houston Daily CougarSee all Editorial Reviews
Paragraphs from stories showed up in the middle of poems. Words replaced with like sounding words. Poor dictation. Glad it only cost three bucks...Published 5 months ago by Aaron Perkins
Great Bukowski reader, has a little of everything. If your new to Bukowski, this is the perfect place to start. Read morePublished 6 months ago by DWS44mag
Great overview of Bulowski's works and life. Highly recommended for first timers looking for a good sampling of what Buk has to offer.Published 7 months ago by Sam Gaddie
Not the most comprehensive collection of Bukowski, but a good cross-section of his material. Good value. Thanks so much!Published 8 months ago by Captain Hollywood
My first exposure to Bukowski's work and it was amazing. I was really impressed with the work of the editor, who in many ways is as important as Bukowski himself in making this... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T.
It jumbled up pages and passages making it infuriating and impossible to read at times. There were also doubles of paragraphs.Published 11 months ago by sandy wolf
Good stuff. Little essays and stories collected in one book for your edification and enlightenment.
I bet your life looks like this too! Read more