Pulpby Charles Bukowski
Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer's seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski's own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.
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I was sitting in my office, my lease had expired and McKelvey was starting eviction proceedings. It was a hellish hot day and the air conditioner was broken. A fly crawled across the top of my desk. I reached out with the open palm of my hand and sent him out of the game. I wiped my hand on my right pants leg as the phone rang.
I picked it up. "Ah yes," I said.
"Do you read Celine?" a female voice asked. Her voice sounded quite sexy. I had been lonely for some time. Decades.
"Celine," I said, "ummm".
"I want Celine," she said. "I've got to have him."
Such a sexy voice, it was getting to me, really.
"Celine?" I said. "Give me a little background. Talk to me, lady. Keep talking .
"Zip up," she said.
I looked down.
"How did you know?" I asked.
"Never mind. I want Celine."
"Celine is dead."
"He isn't. I want you to find him. I want him."
"I might find his bones."
"No, you fool, he's alive!"
"Hollywood. I hear he's been hanging around Red Koldowsky's bookstore."
"Then why don't you find him?"
"Because first I want to know if he's the real Celine. I'; have to be sure, quite sure. "
"But why did you come to me? There are a hundred dicks in this town."
"John Barton recommended you."
"Oh, Barton, yeah. Well, listen, I'll have to have some kind of advance. And I'll have to see you personally."
"I'll be there in a few minutes," she said.
She hung up. I zipped up.
And waited.Pulp. Copyright © byCharles Bukowski. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Meet the Author
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.
- Date of Birth:
- August 16, 1920
- Date of Death:
- March 9, 1994
- Place of Birth:
- Andernach, Germany
- Place of Death:
- San Pedro, California
- Los Angeles City College, 2 years
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absolutely outstanding prose with B.'s unique sense of humour which has ripened through his life of 'ordinary madness' to something that is almost unbelievable, a bible to everyone who has doubt about the point of his life down here on earth. (if this is gonna be your your first book by B. try to begin with something else e.g. factotum, south of north, notes of a dirty old man or B.'s poetry because it's his work that makes genuine art of 'pulp')
I love reading Bukowski. This was an enjoyable and easy read.. but a bit far from what I have come to enjoy about Bukowski. Recommend reading other Bukowski novels first before reading this one.
This was Charles Bukowski's last novel. I guess he wrote it over the span of a couple of years, and took at least one hiatus from writing it. This is reflected in a somewhat disjointed plot. But it's actually quite a fun and readable novel. It's short too.You could easily read this whole novel in a few hours. It got me interested in more of Bukowski's work.
Great read if you like film noir
One of my favorite books of all time, and one of the only books that has ever had me laughing out loud.
This book (his last before his death) is so different from his others in a wonderful way.
Someone recommended Bukowski to me, and this happened to be the first book I picked up. End of story. I did not put it down until 2 and half hours later when I closed the back cover. A hilarious play on the old gangster stories found in 'pulp' comics of the earlier century. The inter-woven elements of satire, supernatural and and plain cynicism, make this a great read. Looking forward to his other work.
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