The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.
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About 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
Education:Los Angeles City College, 2 years
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beware literature buffs THIS IS NOT YOUR AUTHOR!!! This is a great first book to get yourself hooked by the blatant realism of Charles Bukowski. Disguised as Henry Chinaski, Buk takes us from his early days smoking cigarettes in grade school to his later and more wild years on the bar circuit, at the horse track, and living in various flop houses. His stories will prove absolutely revolting to the newcomer, but hold on, because old Henry is a master of observation. The language and flowing beauty that composes his poetry makes you wonder how exactly he ended up in such raw situations. He must have firmly believed that if you want the sweetest juice, you've got to squeeze the fruit as tight as you can. And squeeze it he does. Once he starts drinking that juice, look out. His drunken escapades are a force to be reckoned with. This book is not for the faint hearted. It's for someone who is comfortable with life's billions of possibilities and wants to get a few good laughs too. But proceed with caution! If you think you're a fan, you'll probably end up buying all of his books. Bukowski was a master of words and imagery. His poetry will leave you laughing, crying and maybe a little enlightened too. His short stories will give you a hint on which horse to play this weekend, and how NOT to treat the person you're in love with. I truly recommend that every serious reader / writer at least get a little piece of what this funny old man left us. He makes life seem a bit more comforting to the man who finds solace in a cold beer, a warm steak, and the thunderous gallop of a thoroughbred as he races across the finish line....
Bukowski may be the bwst American writer most people have never read. No high school teacher would dare give a Bukowski book to a classroom of teenagers, except on the day of retirement. His 20 novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of poems were written about his life and the people he knew. Bukowski was a heavy boozer, a womanizer, and the guy you avoid at the corner bar. He abused the women in his life and women lined up for his attention. He writes honestly about being a really rotten person, and makes his rotteness interesting. This book takes a page or two from a novel, jumps to a short story and then to a poem. The result is a scrapbook from his writing and his life. Theresult is piwerful proof that great writers are often from from being great human beings.