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Hollywood: A novel [Unknown Binding]

Charles Bukowski
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Unknown Binding: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Black Sparrow Press (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006PIAII
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp (1994).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 10 Dec 2013
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Not as much gritty realism as the previous books, this is more about the inside workings of the making of a film. So those looking for gross stories and violence will be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth a read 17 Jun 2013
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A good novel from a well loved author, Bukowski serves up another dish of gritty, rough, hard nose drinking antics. The main theme revolves around writing and producing a film about a period of Bukowski's life. Not as reeling and rolling as some of his earlier masterpieces such as Post office, yet still well worth a read and a must for any Bukowski fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and interesting 6 Sep 2008
Charles Bukowski's minimal style, always egotistical and mostly alcohol affected is concerned in this book with his succesful attempt to see a screenplay (for Barfly) become a reality.
Names are changed but it is fun to read Bukowski's views on the movers and shakers in 1980's Hollywood.
The womanising and drinking are subdued (due to being married) and even a hedonistic rebel such as Bukowski comes across as conventional compared to the weirdness and double-dealing that appears to be Hollywood.
Not neccesarily a good first Bukowski read (try Post Office or Factotum) but nevertheless good fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Hollywood 1 Jan 2013
By Dave
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I love Bukowski and for the most part I loved this book but it felt a few chapters too long other than that it's fantastic and filled with Hank's classic look on the world.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 6 Mar 2012
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Bukowski is a great writer and this return to his semi-autobiographical character Chinanski is a pretty straight forward affair. It is always good to read a bit of Bukowski, makes me feel better about people and how ridiculous we all are and here he reveals us at our most ridiculous, making movies.

It's interesting to read about the actors he comes across, who are easily identifiable if you know about Barfly (the resulting film)and hes as lewd and crude and drunk as ever. The great thing with Bukowski is between the women, gambling, drinking, fighting and writing there will be a page or passage that cuts through all that and grabs you by the heart revealing humanity in all its fragility.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 8 Nov 2011
By Markus
Format:Kindle Edition
I got this book for my Kindle and I'm already hotly awaiting the Post Office on Kindle release. This is the first Bukowski book I've read and I really enjoyed it, in many ways his writing reminds me of of Hunter S Thompson. Henry Chinaski is a simple but likeable character, a man of Hemingwayish grit. I might start with ham on Rye and read that before Post Office as well...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look out, Hollywood! 8 July 1996
By A Customer
Charles Bukowski goes semi-commercial to the dismay of many old
fans, the book offers a mainstream version of FACTOTUM. But the writing is of
higher quality, and Buk shines through. Look for celebs in the book under
false names... Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway... check the credits of the movie
and then re-read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I am Bukowski's #1 fan - and this book is certainly one of my favourites.

(along with Women, Factotum, etc etc etc.

Published 2 months ago by Grant Hogan Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars “I have two rules. One is, never trust a man who smokes a pipe. The...
Another fantastic read... Not as brutal as post office or ham & rye, but just as entertaining. Now to watch the movie!
Published 6 months ago by A. Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Would have given in 5 if it had all the real celeb names haha!

Bukowski at his best, but then again he is at his best with every novel!
Published 22 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars My start
This is the first Bukowski book I've read, and it more than merits me buying another one. It's not his typical style I am told, dealing more with Hollywood highlife than lowlives,... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2011 by Nedj
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good
Another Bukowski novel - this one written late in his life - which on my first reading I felt wasnt up to his other novels. However I recently revisited and found it amusing.
Published on 21 April 2008 by Dillinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best
In this novel Bukowski's alter-ego, Henry Chinaski writes a screenplay which is filmed in Hollywood. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by J. S. Dixon
3.0 out of 5 stars not a book to start with
I've heard lots of great things about Charles Bukowski, and I've wanted to start reading him for awhile. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 1999
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