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Bukowski for Beginners (Documentary Comic Book) Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Aug 1999


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Writers and Readers Ltd (1 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863162851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863162855
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,976,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Andersen Justi on 21 July 2002
Format: Paperback
When I first held this book in my hand, I asked myself: Howcome Bukowski for Beginners is written and illustrated by two Latin Americans and not by someone from North America, where Bukowski lived from he was 5 years old till his death? The woeful answer to that question lies in the Americans' hate and aversion toward Bukowski. Throughout his entire career, he worked against the American Dream and introduced the notion of social class to a country claiming to render freedom, liberty and justice to all. The book presents the Bukowski from many perspectives, which constitutes both its strength and weakness. Bukowski for Beginners casts light on the many facets of the writer, living up to its "for beginners" title, however it often draws hasty conclusions and overlooks the depth of Bukowski's authorship, which basically was a distinct criticism of American society. That being said, Polimeni shows great insight in the tragi-comical aspect of Bukowski in portraying the writers eternal struggle to find money for alcohol and aversion toward being categorized as a Beatnik. The illustrations by Miguel Rep are funny and most of them very lifelike caricatures of Bukowski, though I would have preferred a different cover illustration because a picture of a drunkard sticking his fingers in his mouth as if to vomit, is a somewhat narrow-minded presentation of Bukowski. By all means, read the book as it is good for a fair amount of laughs and despite my apparant reluntance, it did provide an incarnated Bukowski-fan like me with a few nice-to-know facts.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
A good introduction 5 July 2003
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Polimeni and Rep have written/illustrated a nice overview and history of Charles Bukowski's life and work. I had read one collection of Bukowski's stories prior to reading this book, so knew a little bit about him; this book has definitely rounded out the picture and helped me decide what other books might be worth reading. I thought it was an interesting touch to lay out Bukowski's passion for drink and other suspect pursuits with no judgment whatsoever--they let the reader draw his own conclusions and focus on the writing. Also, the comic book style makes it a very easy read; I read it in an afternoon.
The purpose of the book is to give the unfamiliar reader a sense of who Bukowski was and the quality of his writing. And on that score, I think it succeeds very well.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Okay For A Starting Point 27 Mar. 2000
By "grinlv" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book mainly is like the title says: a primer for a reader who has never delved into the Wonderful World of Bukowski. It contains illustrations and a brief biography of buk's life. It's not really essential reading for his fans, but it's still fun to read anything involving THE MAN. If it pulls the uninitiated into Buk's books then that is a great achievement.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Never heard of Bukowski until this book 15 July 2001
By John Ronald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
P>I would not have read about this man but for this book so THERE!
All that said, Bukowski, though interesting, strikes me as the true author of the ideas of "Betrachtung eines Unpolitischen" first penned by Thomas Mann. Bukowski may write from the depths of poverty and the American working class, but his perspectives are politically ambigious or neutral...he should endorse socialism but doesn't.
Partly, this book makes me think of Maxim Gorky's _Lower Depths_ as a point of comparison...but Bukowski...it's hard to say...apolitical, uncritical...he expresses much angst and suffering but doesn't investigate significantly the root causes of such suffering and depridation;
I'll take Terry Eagleton's lit.crit any day in preference, I'm afraid. I sympathize w/ Bukowski but...
Nevertheless, I feel enriched to at least know about him--which I probably would not have known were it not for this intro book from a famous series of documentary comic boks I deeply respect.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
No Need 8 Oct. 2000
By Gavin Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There's really no great need for this book: Anyone who wants to begin reading Bukowski can start with Post Office, or Ham On Rye, or Run With The Hunted. There are decent starting points already in the canon.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This book is HORRIBLE 21 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carlos Polimeni is a thief. This book is worst thing I have ever read. Worse than Sidney Sheldon.
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