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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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"Bukowski writes well, for one thing, with ear-pleasing cadences, wit and perfect clarity....There is real poignancy in the people encountered in his work.""--New York Times Book Review""Bukowski is the laureate of the Los Angeles underground, an eccentric who sees the world with a clarity of vision possessed only by artists and madmen.""--Los Angeles Times"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060924586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060924584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not going to go over the contents of the book, or much about Charles Bukowski, because if you are considering this book you must know something about the man and his work. I will just give you my impression of this collection of work.
No collection can ever really be complete, there are always new things to add, new commentary, newly discovered works, transcripts of records and unpublished letters, but this book does an excellent job in its attempt.
To me Charles Bukowski will always be one of the greatest American writers of the twentieth century, because of the sheer brutality and honesty his work emanates. It is funny, sad, sadistic, cruel, scathing, enlightening and thought provoking. Everything I like to read. This is poetry for people who are disgusted by verse of flowers, trees and Greek mythology. This is RAW human emotion and experience smeared out onto paper. It is not perfect, and it is not trying to be. It doesn't always work, but there in lies the subtle beauty of Bukowski's efforts. the guts to try. The attempts at honesty, clearly blocked by his unwillingness to divulge everything, and his cynicism of man.
This collection is shocking in its beauty, and inspiring by its simplicity. Enjoy.
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To a kid growing up in a small town in Norway, Bukowski was definitely a voice from another reality. In many ways, his prose and poetry showed that the bums and the lowlifes - in other words; the hunted - actually had a voice, and a strong one at that... The greatness of Bukowski lies in his ability to tell extremely complex stories in a straightforward, deceptively simple language and style. The poetry is also very sharp and precise. Whatever the man did to himself with regard to drink and drugs; it never took away a smattering of his ability to observe the human predicament in all its glory - or terror, depending on whom you might ask... This 'reader' is a good place to start for anybody who would like to get acquainted with Bukowski's work. It contains poems and stories that stay on the reader's mind for a long time. The writings are also a reminder that no matter how hard a person might believe in the American dream, the dream doesn't work for everybody.
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This recording is a MUST for all those, like myself, who regard Bukowski as the one true voice of the fringe-dwelling dispossesed. People focus on his hard-drinking, his 'bum-like' persona, but what makes him remarkable is how his fiction and poetry reflects REALITY: the 'failure' and humiliation of being an artist (and essentially voiceless) in America. I listened to this recording with friends -- and we all agreed that it captures the man.
Also recommended: ... Run With the Hunted, Post Office, Ham on Rye, Factotum, Women by Buk, The Losers' Club by Richard Perez
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Shortly before his death, Bukowski was the subject of an anthology. It is a good anthology, not a great one, but a good one, and Bukowski seemed to think so as well. He notes during the reading of one the selections that they "Put some pretty good stuff in here" which, for Bukowski, is a whale of a compliment. It took me a long time to realize it, but Bukowski meant for his works to be funny, tragically funny perhaps, but funny nonetheless. Hearing Buk read these well known passages from his poetry and prose is a pleasure that is hard for me to communicate.
He was a decent man.
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Heard about Buk and don't know where to start? This is the place. A great selection from his novels, short stories, and mainly, poems. The book is edited wonderfully and it reads like a continuous book. A great week awaits you if you are reading Bukowski for the first time, and will probably want many of his books after reading this one.
I bought this book as a present to a friend while I was on a trip, but after reading it I decided to keep it.
A few problems: there is no table of contents and you dont know from what books the poems are taken.
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I would probably start with post office, then go to his novel women, but not if you're a woman. This book is great in that it dips into all his great titles such as Ham on Rye and Hollywood and you really get the flavour of his writing arc from when he first recounted his early days, through his crazy,despairing and rambunctious later years and up to his more genial old age.
Through it all the one adjective to describe him is sincere. I don't mean honest necessarily but he is often that, but he always expresses the essence of what he was going through. Sometimes that was hellish, sometimes creepy, sometime hilarious, at other times mad, sordid or poetic.
Uncle Charles would have given you the low down on it all as he saw it and all in his unpretentious Hemingway-esque style. Not many writers have a movie made about their life (Barfly was about his not so alterego Hank), and Californication is a series where the lead character Hank has a life that reads from the great man's pages.
The downside to the raw honesty that really makes him unique, think NO FILTER, is the seediness and angst at times. The quality of the writing, and also the repetitiveness of his picking up girls sometimes wears thin too. This may have come later but I'm sure an unhygienic, unattractive, broke and antisocial alco would not have been a big hit with the ladies. That's ok, it's almost like he's winking at us as he sets up a bar joke. His prolific output, and driving the typewriter under the influence would explain his more unpolished efforts. This just makes his poetic moments all the more startling by the contrast. A lot of the time though his writing breezes along.
The beauty of this book is that as it's edited you're spared this downside.
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