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On Drinking

By: Charles Bukowski
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
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Publisher's summary

The definitive collection of works on a subject that inspired and haunted Charles Bukowski for his entire life: alcohol.

Charles Bukowski turns to the bottle in this revelatory collection of poetry and prose that includes some of the writer’s best and most lasting work. A self-proclaimed “dirty old man”, Bukowski used alcohol as muse and as fuel, a conflicted relationship responsible for some of his darkest moments, as well as some of his most joyful and inspired.

In On Drinking, Bukowski expert Abel Debritto has collected the writer’s most profound, funny, and memorable work on his ups and downs with the hard stuff - a topic that allowed Bukowski to explore some of life’s most pressing questions. Through drink, Bukowski is able to be alone, to be with people, to be a poet, a lover, and a friend - though often at great cost. As Bukowski writes in a poem simply titled “Drinking”, “for me/it was or/is/a manner of/dying/with boots on/and gun/smoking and a/symphony music background.”

On Drinking is a powerful testament to the pleasures and miseries of a life in drink, and a window into the soul of one of our most beloved and enduring writers.

©2019 Charles Bukowski (P)2019 HarperAudio

Editor's Pick

The miseries and pleasures of drinking
"When I first got heavy into literature, Bukowski was my guy. Like a lot of eighteen-to twenty-year-old young men, I felt this kind of kinship with him. He was a wildcard who didn’t give a f*** how you felt about him and wrote about drinking and women and god like some sort of prophet for the wayward—and who isn’t a little wayward at that age? Having grown up a little, some of his work I once admired hasn’t aged well with me and I don’t think of him the way I used to. That said, On Drinking is loaded with all that’s good about his work. This audiobook of essays and poems from the late and great dirty old man reminded me of what I loved about his writing. It’s sharp, angry, unapologetic, and, most of all, vulnerable. This was a quick listen that I think I needed—like saying “Hi” to an old friend."
Aaron S., Audible Editor