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Hot Water Music Hardcover – Jan 1984

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  • Hardcover: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Black Sparrow Press,U.S. (Jan. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876855974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876855973
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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In this book of short stories, the unstoppable Henry Chinaski is back--along with a crazy assembly of partners-without-portfolio, ranging from down-and-out poets holed up in sleazy rented rooms to libidinous matrons languishing in ritzy canyon hideaways. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 July 1999
Format: Paperback
My shelf of Bukowski's poetry and prose is testament to the tremendous pleasure I've taken over the last twenty-five years reading his work. He's unique, and although at first he may strike you as a guilty pleasure at best, he's profound. He's also detested by some -- especially women who consider him misogynistic. Decide for yourself, but don't judge him by this book, which is about as close to hack work as he's come -- although Bukowski's hack work beats a lots of others' best. Try Women, The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, or Mockingbird Wish Me Luck.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1998
Format: Hardcover
As an ardent fan of Bukowski and Henry Chinaski, this by far is my favorite book by Buk. If you haven't read any Bukowski but always wanted to, this is perhaps a great place to start. It's a series of short stories that give you a taste for Buk's writing. You'll either love him or hate him. There's no in between. But if you love this book, then you can look forward to many other fictional pieces by Buk that will delight you. Either that or after about three chapters you will want to go out and get drunk, or get laid! Enjoy! Buk is a God!
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Like the majority of Bukowski's prose, it's difficult to separate the fact from the fiction and to figure out how to classify the work - so, as always, I'm adopting the Jack Kerouac approach and classifying it as both. Hot Water Music is a collection of the poet's short stories and covers the usual subjects - booze, women, the horses and the daily struggle that writers face when caught in the crossfire between editors and the typewriter.

Interestingly, Bukowski's books have influenced a whole generation of musicians - there's a punk band from Florida called 'Hot Water Music', and the names of some of his poetry collections (like 'Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame) have been used as the titles of albums and songs by various bands across the globe. It's rare to see such unprecedented influence translate between two different genres of the arts.

I didn't enjoy this much as I've enjoyed most of Bukowski's books, but it's still worth a read for fans - it's just not the best work to start on. Ham On Rye comes highly recommended, and I've always preferred his poetry to his fiction. That said, you can do a lot worse - proceed with caution, and enjoy yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Smith on 4 Jun. 2013
Format: Paperback
This collection of short stories is full of colour and brio.

Bukowski's tone is warm and loving as he guides the reader around the underbelly of L.A.'s suburbs and some of the people who live there.
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