Bukowski and the Beats: A Commentary on the Beat Generationby Jean-Francois Duval, Alison Ardron (Translator)
Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure—the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend—particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new
Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure—the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend—particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new editions, appearances of previously unpublished material, exhibitions, and other events. There is also the pleasure of rediscovering Charles Bukowski, cult author whose reputation continues to grow steadily all over the world. The full drama of his humor, of his angers, memories, frustrations, and distinctive grace come to life during Jean-François Duval's long interview with Buk: An Evening at Buk's Place. The pleasure also consists of having a close look at the links and contradictions between Bukowski and the Beat constellation.
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This volume is a must for all Bukowski fans and fanatics. The author is a rare blend of warmth, genius, and intellect (top of the line). If you love Charles Bukowski and his work - BUKOWSKI AND THE BEATS will definitely delight, not disappoint. The title could just as well be BUKOWSKI VS. THE BEATS, with this book metaphoring a regular chess game: Mr. Bukowski's side being two pieces left (the King and Queen) against the Beat's side having all pieces left except their Queen. Who wins? Bukowski by a landslide. By far the best of the four or five interview works re Bukowski. Why? Great wit, the author's keen eye for his hero's idiosyncracies and uncanny observations re our literary culture's highs and lows during the last century. Bukowski's range is so vast and so beautifully ALLOWED free rein in this book - because the author does not, as so many of the other biographers have, GET IN FRONT OF BUKOWSKI. Bukowski's wife (25 years younger) is allowed a leading role, and supports her husband with a real, honest, full, and complete love (romantic and otherwise). Sun Dog Press continues to bring alive deserving studies of perhaps the 20th Century's strongest and most astute critic of what must be called the debacle called humanity. Entertaining on every level, in this reviewer's opinion.