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The Captain is Out to Lunch Paperback – May 31, 2002
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A year in the life of Charles Bukowski, 1991-92, as he neared death. He knew he was nearing death; he writes about it as often as he wrote about the deaths of other things in his poetry. Of course, his is not the only death to mention in these pages; car accidents, a falling neighbor, etc.
Other than death, Buk's diary talks a lot about horseplaying. Great for me. Perhaps not so great for others.
Bukowski was always a better poet than he was a prose stylist, but The Captain Is Out to Lunch... is likely the most readable piece of Buk's prose I have ever come across. Probably because there was nothing to writing it; instead of coming up with characters, plot, theme, etc., they're sitting there at the track or in the neighborhood waiting for you.
Worthwhile. One of the better posthumously published works. *** ½
In the headline I called him "Buk the bard" and they gave it the go ahead for printing. But the editor had met his friends and they'd mentioned that Buk no longer lived in Hollywood and had moved to the notorious San Pedro area.
We all got very concerned for him and told Buk's friends that he shouldn't live there, and that L.A., Belmont Shore, Long Beach - almost anywhere else, in fact - would be preferable. As I recall, at that time there was a stabbing in Pedro almost every weekend.
Soonafter we got word in the newsroom of what Buk thought of the suggestion by us little upscale college smartasses - he said it was a rather dumb one, and that he actually regarded it as an insult, as if we'd just ridiculed his new jacket.
Since his writing didn't float much on the waters of pretense, he enjoyed being where the action was, even if it was now within a very dangerous environment for a guy getting on in years. He planned to stay put anyway and he indeed did exactly that.
I was surprised to hear years later that he'd lasted until 1994, because I'd always bet that, even escaping any physical injury, and with his seeming million gallon booze capacity, he still wouldn't last past 1980.
But don't worry, the old warhorse will still be running new words at the literary track for quite some time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Published posthumously in 1998, four years after his death, this book is typical Bukowski. He doesn't use his alter-ego as the protagonist in this one, instead it's as... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tom Bruce
The Captain is out to lunch and the sailors have taken over, by Charles Bukowski.Published 18 months ago by William Dakota
I first discovered Bukowski while I was in college, struggling to find poetry I liked enough to read for a writing class. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve V.
I went through amazon and bought a couple of books really quickly, so I missed the fact that this book is more of a journal. I thought I had a purchased a novel! Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. Davis
The book was pretty good. Hank talks about his day to day activity in his 70s. A lot more calm compared to his past earlier days.Published 23 months ago by David Yu
Charles Bukowski is quite the eccentric old man. His writings in the past do not compare to this book. He takes you into the mind of a writer in his later age. Interesting.Published on January 28, 2014 by Autumn Burke