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Ham on Rye: A Novel Paperback – February 27, 2007
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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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Bukowski's boozy world is one where the outsider is the king protagonist of his own destiny, and it is one that is probably shared with a great deal of young men in their American upbringing. His dysfunctional family echoed my own experiences (even though I didn't necessarily have physical punishment, the emotional aspect was spot on). His feelings on his own existence as an animal (and of course, I didn't have the acne problems, but I have myriad others that gave me outsider social status) were real. His experiences with young women, school, and trying to make it against all odds professionally and educationally were very familiar to me.
While Bukowski may be offensive to most readers, the plain fact of the matter is that his views on life and adolescent sexuality are the exact same ones I had in my youth. What is the most memorable is the manner in which he tells the story. He doesn't self-edit. He doesn't leave anything out. He tells us everything about his experiences as they happen. This isn't entirely something that should be described as offensive, but real. A real experience. What it is really like. And while many of us want to find some parochial editorializing when we read, the best part about Bukowski is that that is simply not in his novels.
I first read his work when I was eighteen or nineteen years old. Now that I am thirty-five, picking up HOR again has left me with a reading experience that was much different since I have had a great deal more life experience and perspective. Looking at this book today, I have found a hilarious, beautiful, tragic, and exciting narrative about living as an outsider in America. I absolutely loved it – more than I did the first time – and look forward to revisiting a couple more (Post Office and Women) in the coming year.
Chinaski may be an archetype of the childhood misfit. The most significant contributors to this in his early life are his father’s psychological and physical brutality, his family’s poverty, and a severe case of scarring acne in his early teens. As the story goes on, I found myself proceeding on in increasingly dark fascination, but anyone remotely fitting the description of a misfit will also sympathize, perhaps uncomfortably. Chinaski's problems with his self-image and his outlook on life start early, and are negatively reinforced at regular intervals throughout his adolescence, until he finally seems to submit to society's opinion.
This book is alternately sad, vulgar, violent, alcohol soaked (later on) and sometimes darkly comedic. The author’s style made this an easy read, and once begun, I had a hard time putting it down. NOTE: If you are offended by profanity or the explicit sexual musings of an adolescent, this book will not be for you; although not consciously gratuitous, the author writes quite straightforwardly and graphically about Chinaski’s life and thoughts.