Ham on Rye

Ham on Rye

by Charles Bukowski
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Ham on Rye 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAM ON RYE is one of my all-time favorite novels. In all of Bukowski's work there is a constant search for truth and freedom. With every breath that Bukowski takes he is locked in a fevered struggle with the forces around him that contiually attempt to make him walk the path of the common man. His writing has been likened to that of McCrae (think, his KATZENJAMMER) and for a good reason: both men have a knack for keen observation, wit, and writing style that knocks you over. But Bukowski sees this ¿common man path¿ as nothing more than falling into a lock step towards certain death. Though he portrays himself as a repulsive type of human being, he is able to convince us that it is the world around him that is far more repulsive. In Ham On Rye, we are lead through the more meaningful chapters of Bukowski's childhood and early adulthood. There are very few pieces of literature that reaches readers with more honesty. I plow through Bukowski like I do Cap'n'Crunch. The man inspires drunken poetry on hot summer nights- while talking about women, booze, masturbation, classical music, & horse racing. This book is my new favorite. Why? Because while facinating the reader with lurid tales of a painful and depressing childhood, Bukowski makes us laugh, cry, and feel sorry for that kid we made fun of in 7th grade. If you liked POST OFFICE or McCrae¿s KATZENJAMMER, then you¿ll love HAM ON RYE as well. All are great, and this novel is the best place to start if you¿re new to the BUKOWSKI canon of literature.
Benjamin Forman More than 1 year ago
This was the first venture i made into the world of Bukowski. It is well written and fairly quick read. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard about the author when i was watching some countdown on Comedy Central. I have seen the light. When u read you feel like u are living Henry's life with him. i felt what the character felt. I like books that make u feel that u are there wit the person. Well written. Cop it, u will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The violence described in the book shocked me at first.I kept reading though and liked it very much.It will speak to the loser in you.This book is a quick read and its very straightforward.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bukowski wrote exactly liked he looked: Tough, ugly, honest, and nonetheless compelling. His prose shocks with its humor, brutality, realism, but crackles with a uniquely lean, clean prose that you simply can't stop reading. Ham on Rye is his best book. His other novels are great also, especially Factotem. Anyone that hasn't read him, find him, do so, and you won't stop until you've read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the very first book I read written by Bukowski and after I was done, I knew he was my favorite. This is a must read for anyone who is in their teenage years or who once was!!!! So in other words if you can read this book is for you. Warning...If you are one of those people who like to criticize people who really use their imagination in language....then this book may not become one of your favorites. LOL Enjoy it I'm buying a second copy for my brother who is in high school right now, he needs the reading, and this is a book thats fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buko wiki sometimes embellished when he ought to ease up and let us appreciate his unflinching eye for finding the raw, rare moments that make us uncomfortably aware of our flaws and our innate animal nature. Take his ego out of tge story and this is as good as prose gets. Hemingway-esque declarative sentences, and fearless snapshots from the bottom of the abyss of poverty. It's a punch to the face worth taking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminds me lot of Hubert Selby's Last Exit to Brooklyn.
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KWHKW More than 1 year ago
Hey fellow readers, This is a must read book. Reading only reading three pages wanted me to read the whole book. Charles Bukowski's alter ego Henley chinaski will have you surprised and dumbfounded on how his childhood was. The story takes place in Los angles during the Great Depression. The Story starts off the story with memories of the past. Then slowly progresses into his adult hood. For me since I am a young male adult I could relate to some of the events in the story. The way his emotions change over time was comparable somewhat to mine. This book would be concerted graphic for young readers. There is a lot of detail towards his sexual urges. You must understand that he is a boy growing into a man. The violence is as graphic, His dad had anger issues and his mom just let it all happen. Henry didn’t really have any real friends he was just there, around people. As he got older it became worse for him. His dad started to beat him for senseless stuff he regularly got into fights. His dad decided to send him to a private school because he thought he was rich and it would be better for Henry. All that led to was severe Acne that causes him to get taken out of school. He wasn’t a approachable person. The story is written a first person perspective. All of Henry’s thoughts and sights are very limit though because he doesn’t really explain himself. The author really lets the readers in on the stuff that happens around Henry. Giving background information on other characters. From his family to his friends. Henry’s to me weent just ordinary kids. Each one of them were a little thing seemed strange to me. The strange that makes me want to keep reading to see where it leads. There the kids you hear in a story that your friend is telling you. Like the one's that we'll leave you like “ He didn't really do that, did he?”.  This may be my favorite book. It tells me about a child hood of  adventures, exploration, pain, depression.
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This guy was sad, miserable, angry and drunk though this whole book. Not my idea of a fun read but it was interesting, I read the whole thing. I think I was waiting for things to starting looking up for this guy and it never happened.
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