In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years, and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.
"Thoroughly enjoyed this"
Low-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 50, he is reveling in his sudden rock-star life, running three hundred hangovers a year, and maintaining a sex life that would cripple Casanova.
"Don't start your Bukowski journey here"
"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.
Good Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence. It features the work of classic poets, such as Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and Robert Frost, as well as the work of contemporary greats such as Howard Nemerov, Charles Bukowski, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Robert Bly, and Sharon OldsGood Poems includes poems about lovers, children, failure, everyday life, death, and transcendence.
"Very good, but. . ."
One of Charles Bukowski's best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.
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.
On Cats offers Bukowski's musings on these beloved animals and their toughness and resiliency. He honors them as fighters, hunters, survivors who command awe and respect as they grip tightly on to the world around them: "A cat is only ITSELF, representative of the strong forces of life that won't let go."
Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer's seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski's own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.
"Bukowskis worst.......still pretty good"
Hot Water Music is a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski, published in 1983. The collection deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Bukowski's minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre.
"Awesome collection of short stories"
Kobiety to jedna z najpopularniejszych ksiazek Charlesa Bukowskiego. Henry Chinaski opowiada w niej historie swoich licznych, czesto burzliwych zwiazków z kobietami; w wiekszosci sa to przelotne przygody, w których trudno doszukac sie jakiejkolwiek romantycznosci. Jego jezyk jest niewybredny, czasem rynsztokowy. Wierzymy jednak Chinaskiemu, bo w jego opowiesci jest i wrazliwosc, i uczucie.Warta uwagi jest interpretacja Andrzeja Blumenfelda, który niezwykle trafnie oddaje ducha tej prozy.
The definitive collection from a writer whose transgressive legacy and raw, funny, acutely observant writing has left an enduring mark. Here is Bukowski eating walnuts and scratching his back, rolling a cigarette while listening to Brahms, showering with Linda in the midafternoon. Here is Bukowski knowing that the secret is beyond him, that people who never go crazy live truly horrible lives, that there's a bluebird in his heart that wants to get out.
South of No North is a collection of short stories written by Charles Bukowski that explore loneliness and struggles on the fringes of society.
"Baskous brings it to life"
Trotz zahlreicher Auseinandersetzungen mit seinem Chef frönt der Briefträger Henry Chinaski alias Charles Bukowski seinem exzessiven Leben...
Charles Bukowski: Für manche war er nur ein Säufer und Hurenbock. Für andere aber ein großartiger und düsterer Literaturrebell der harten, direkten Zeile. Man verglich ihn mit Dostojewski und Rimbaud, Hemingway und Miller. Seine Kurzgeschichten liegen nun erstmals als Hörbuch vor. Torsten Münchow verleiht dem Text mit seiner maskulinen Stimme eine einzigartige Präsenz. Torsten Münchow ist Schau- und Stimmspieler sowie Regisseur.
Charles Bukowski: Für manche war er nur ein Säufer und Hurenbock. Für andere aber ein großartiger und düsterer Literaturrebell der harten, direkten Zeile. Man verglich ihn mit Dostojewski und Rimbaud, Hemingway und Miller. Seine Kurzgeschichten liegen nun erstmals als Hörbuch vor. Torsten Münchow verleiht dem Text mit seiner maskulinen Stimme eine einzigartige Präsenz.