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Hollywood Audiobook

Hollywood

Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns, revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women, and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. Based on Bukowski's experiences when working on the film Barfly, the absurdity and egotism of the film industry are laid bare in this deadpan, touching, and funny glimpse into the endless negotiations and back-stabbings of la-la land. Hollywood is an irreverent jaunt that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.
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Publisher's Summary

Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns, revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women, and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. Based on Bukowski's experiences when working on the film Barfly, the absurdity and egotism of the film industry are laid bare in this deadpan, touching, and funny glimpse into the endless negotiations and back-stabbings of la-la land. Hollywood is an irreverent jaunt that serves up the beating heart of Hollywood with razor-sharp humour.

©1989 Charles Bukowski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

What the Critics Say

“In this hilarious roman a clef, Bukowski draws on his experiences while writing the script for the 1987 film Barfly…While Bukowski fans will welcome the reappearance of Chinaski, with his penchant for booze, women, and horse racing, film buffs should enjoy the novel for its delightful and irreverent portrayal of Hollywood. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

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    Ross Snyder New York City 08-18-13
    Ross Snyder New York City 08-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Riding the NYC subways and listening to Audible.

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    "Buk Lives!"
    If you could sum up Hollywood in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bukowski's best book


    What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

    Christian Baskous did a great job. Bukowski comes alive with the reading and my wife even thought that it was Buk's voice.
    In a way it was.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I also downloaded Pulp.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15
    Kevin Austin, TX 08-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I've never read a bad Bukowski"

    I love anything Bukowski. What a gift this man had. Christian Baskous is Bukowski. I can't imagine anyone else reading for him. Very entertaining.

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    matt 08-07-15
    matt 08-07-15
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    "Great book"

    Loved the way the narrator spoke in the book, i felt as if I was there watching everything as it happened!

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    timothy 06-04-15
    timothy 06-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This Round Is On Me"

    Bukowski. Not much more to say. I listened to Hollywood while drinking tequila, but red wine would've been more appropriate for his raw, terse prose.

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