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Post Office: A Novel | [Charles Bukowski]

Post Office: A Novel

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than 12 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers.
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Publisher's Summary

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than 12 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel - the one that catapulted its author to national fame - is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.

©1971 Charles Bukowski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

What the Critics Say

"Takes you by the shoulders and shakes you until your teeth rattle." (The Times)

"One of the funniest books ever written." (Uncut)

"An amazing, hilarious and unfalteringly entertaining account of a man trapped in a kind of Catch 23." (Sunday Times)

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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-28-13
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "noir-ish but undynamic wandering protagonist"

    near the end there is a quick reference to Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon, and I had been thinking earlier there were a few moments the prose style was stripped down like EH, but I doubt i'll do more CB. (tried Diary of a Dirty Old Man and couldn't stay with it) on the one hand this is a good depiction of this underclass type of aimless drifter and the people suffering through poverty and alcoholism and dead end jobs and lives, but a little of that goes a long way. I can enjoy Jim Thompson's novels and noir novels that deal with these types because there is usually some moral crisis or criminal temptation, but this seemed too plotless and aimless and repetitious, which is part of the point I suppose, but there was little in the way of style or writing that provoked much thought on my part and to draw me back.

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    Jay Quintana 06-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Episodic, no problem. Repetitive, problem."

    Unless you're a big fan of the life of Charles Bukowski and really want to know about how the post office works, this is not the book for you. The best thing I can say about it is it's short. The writing is good and the narration is excellent, but the book is basically about Bukowski's alter ego spending day after day, and night after night, getting drunk, going to work, sticking it to the man, and having amorous adventures with various women. Only the most Buddha-like person won't get frustrated with the repetitiveness of this.

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    Jasmin Richter 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narration"
    Would you listen to Post Office again? Why?

    I loved the narrator's voice, especially on the female parts. It was charming and seemed true to Bukowski's personality.


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    sharon blackwell 04-24-15 Member Since 2015

    Lets my imagination wander to listen to audible! It helps me fall asleep too!

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    "Brilliant Novel"
    Where does Post Office rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So very descriptive and animated. Love this book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story and dynamics of the struggle, honest observations


    What does Christian Baskous bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good narrator that brings the story to life


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes, I had an extreme reaction to the book -----it made me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Bukowski can not be beat

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    Dillon 04-15-15
    Dillon 04-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A genius"

    Listened to this at work all day. Bukowski always puts a smile on my face with his endlessly relatable stories.

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    asdfasdfasdf Martinez, CA USA 04-09-15
    asdfasdfasdf Martinez, CA USA 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!"

    This narrator channels Bukowski perfectly. Hilarious! 15 words?! Just buy it! I'm typing on a phone!

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