Women

Women

by Charles Bukowski
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Women by Charles Bukowski

How-life writer and unrepentant alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. After decades of slacking off at low-paying dead-end jobs, blowing his cash on booze and women, and scrimping by in flea-bitten apartments, Chinaski sees his poetic star rising at last. Now, at fifty, he is reveling in his sudden rock-star life, running three hundred hangovers a year, and maintaining a sex life that would cripple Casanova.

With all of Bukowski's trademark humor and gritty, dark honesty, this 1978 follow-up to Post Office and Factotum is an uncompromising account of life on the edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876853900
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.74(d)

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

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Women 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Anna-the-reader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel. Though it's thick, I found it an easy read, the type of book that I could dip into at any time. The structure of this novel is odd or unconventional in that at first it seems repetitive, this happens then that, with women entering and leaving his life. But somehow you grow used to it. It's almost like a compilation of episodes that often don't lead anywhere but allow you to understand the protagonist who's obviously Bukowski. I'll say it's pretty funny too. Bukowski's sense of humor is blunt and often dirty, which I kind of appreciate. In a way I was reminded me of another recent novel I read, Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez. Both books have a raw and ugly style, both quite funny. Bukowski's Women ends with Henry, the main character losing control a little. The portrait is deadly honest, and I know a lot of people who might consider him an A-hole, but that's exactly why he's interesting: you don't often see his kind in fiction. Bukowski does nothing to cover up the fact that he's a bit of a monster. So the end result is a realistic portrait. Anyway, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never has a book affected my life so drastically. The characters were fascinating yet eerily realistic....I could relate so intensely. This book brought tears of joy and sorrow to my eyes, yet I have never laughed so hard in my life. I definitely recommend it
Pat Padgett More than 1 year ago
Can do no wrong
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't know Charles Bukowski existed until a month ago. I had read Fante's 'Ask the Dust' and after I'd read the prefece (written by Bukowski) I thought, What a voice! Bukowski must have novels out there. And he does. Many of them. One of them is 'Women.' I read it, I liked it, and I will be reading more of Bukowski. I've read 'Pulp' and am currently reading 'Post Office.' What I liked about 'Women' is that it's honest. It's not fancy and it's not 'literary' it's just a good fun story about a mediocre poet and his sexual exploits. It's also a good commentary on the writing life. If you've never read any Bukowski, this may be a good place to start. Bukowski is raw and uninhibited he speaks from the heart. He doesn't care what the critics think of him, either. This is good. Thanks, Mr Bukowski, for laying it down and telling us the way you see things.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bukowski's depiction of a man on the brink of madness and the equally insane relationships he has with women is borderline genius. Henry Chinaski, the protagonist, is a man in love with not only his freedom, but himself, and this creates a problem when bouncing from one dysfuntional relationship to another. Great read. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book it opened up a new out look on women. Bukowski tells it from where its at
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Ok is this the first time you have your period?
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This is one guy's sick fantasy world and a horrible depiction of women. Nothing funny or poetic about it. Simply disgusting.
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the_protagonist1 More than 1 year ago
This novel lives up to its title. It was interesting, focused on the young woman that came in and out of an old drunk writers life because he hit a high point of his writing career. The descriptions of sex is very detailed and at times funny.<br /> <br /> Review written by Author and screenwriter Curt Wiser
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I am a longtime fan of Bukowski's writing, but fix the typo's please !....I can't enjoy a story while reading around multiple errors.
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