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Shakespeare Never Did This Paperback – June 21, 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 over 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (June 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876859686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876859681
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Shakespeare Never Did This is the full account of Bukowski's
literary trip to France and Germany. Michael Montfort
accompanied him and adds some terrific photos.
Full desriptions of interviews, readings and parties are
included in this interesting autobiographical notebook.
Montfort's photos capture the mysterious essence of the poet
as he travels Europe as the "Ugly American". Bukowski comes
close to the same brilliance found in Ham On Rye as he visits
his birthplace in Germany. In a haunting dialog he contrasts
his Uncle's views of his father with the frightening images
from Bukowski's past. Included are about a dozen poems
written during his trip, some of which will interest
any Bukowski fan, and the photos help round out our idea of
the enigmatic writer. While this is not fiction, it is an
honest account of an interesting journey. Bukowski
fluxuates from relative obscurity in France to immense
popularity in Hamburg Germany, where he reads to crowds of
thousands. This book is a must for the Bukowski fans
who wants to see more of what Charles Bukowski was
really like. Both the honesty of Montfort's camera and the
straightforward style of Bukowski's prose help achieve this.
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It seems that he just tossed this off to make a buck or keep a commitment. It was not really that interesting. Just more drinking and running from hotel to hotel, missing trains, drinking, and more drinking. You might like it if you're a dyed in the wool fan. Otherwise, I'd skip it.
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Bukowski's later output was clearly a writer in decline yet somehow still more effective and interesting than basically all of his peers. Shakespeare Never Did This see CB return to the country of his birth, as well as other parts of Europe on a book tour.

Clearly knowing his race is just about run, Bukowski muses on his fame, his relationship and his roots in his native Germany.

Not a bad read at all, though probably for hardcore Buk fans and not the casual reader.
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It's about Charles Bukowski for crying out loud. I got this at a fantastically low price. My only complaint (for most kindle titles as well), is that the illustrations are too small on my large tablet.
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Poorly edited and not entirely thought out at times, this sketch of Buk's trip is a quick read. The highlight was when Bukowski met his 90 year old uncle in the town of his birth in Germany. The rest reads like a slipshod version of one of his novels--lots of drinking and talk about life/death. Worth the 99¢ because of the pictures.
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A very enjoyable read. Even in the midst of new lands, good old Hank managed to be his typical inward-looking curmudgeonly self. Hard to say you'll learn much about foreign travel reading this book, but Bukowski fans will enjoy it.
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A great book about Bukowski drinking his way through Europe on a promotional tour. This is the Bukowski of the late 70's, post "Women", so his behavior is somewhat subdued, which makes his writing even funnier in my opinion.

This book is unjustifiably unrecognized. It it some of the best writing Bukowski ever did - and there are also funny photos. Worth reading.
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here, and nowhere else is the edge between life (read madness) (screaming late at night alone in the bathroom about toads and death, until his girlfriend brings him to bed, and not remembering it in the morning) and art this thin. ever. if you are curious about these things hold this up to the light like a black and white negative and regard it carefully.
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