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Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame Paperback – May 31, 2002
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Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for more than fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.
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The selections from two long out-of-print and rare volumes (It Catches My Heart In Its Hands & Crucifix In A Deathhand)
are especially good, covering the years 1955-1968.
5 stars for the writing. The main problem is with the quality of the book itself. While superficially resembling the original Black
Sparrow Press edition, including the exact cover art, the current publisher has produced a cheap imitation. The book covers
are thin and insubstantial, replacing the thick, textured wraps which withstood many readings and borrowings by friends---
a hallmark of Black Sparrow's excellence. Do yourself a favor and buy a used BSP copy. Accept no substitutes!
All too often Bukowski is forced in to a literary box by those who have only read a brief snippet of his work. They see him as a down and out drunk, with a penchant for the written word. They fail to realize the greater depth of his poetry. Yes, Bukowski lived a very hard life, however, the booze and the women and the flophouse rooms also serve as a metaphor, illustrating his far-reaching insight into the world.
Through his poems, we see life through jaded eyes. So jaded, in fact, as to prove enlightening. From Bukowski's self-imposed exile from the daily grind, he is able to view the world of man objectively. He is able to gain a realization of the absurdities that all too often dull the lives of many, and in this way, Bukowski brings forth a certain level of enlightenment. Through his work, we too can view life objectively and combat the absurdities that plague us all.