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Charles Bukowski
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20 Aug 1992

First published in 1977, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a collection of Bukowski's poetry from the mid-seventies. A classic in the Bukowski canon, Love Is a Dog from Hell is a raw, lyrical, exploration of the exigencies, heartbreaks, and limits of love.


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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (20 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876853629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876853627
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,628 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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Charles Bukowsk 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 three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there 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.


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I was down and out and burned out. Love was beating me down. Never heard of him. Saw the title. What else did I need? Bukowski mixes pure, raw sexual experiences and images with heartfelt love, adoration, and regret. He is one of the few authors in the world who can change your emotions from laughter, to disgust, to tears in only three poems. Read him. You must.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE...hearts and flowers need not apply. 27 Dec 1997
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Format:Paperback
Take off the rose-colored glasses...return your seats to their upright position...place your head between your knees and prepare for a crash landing. Don't get me wrong: this book is not a diatribe condemning love. We've all read and loved our Byron, but now it's time to step through the looking glass, children. Love may "walk in beauty like the night" but, "Love, Bukowski Style"...asks you to remember that "the night" isn't the best venue for clarity of vision. Bukowski speaks to that other side of love...vitriolic, soul-destroying, perverted, barbaric and insane. All, who have ever loved, will find the words for their feelings...the feelings for their lack of words...in Bukowski's auto-Eros-dissection. Why would I suggest you read this volume of poetry? Why would anyone want to subject themself to such unpleasantries? What kind of sadist am I, that I would ask you to deliberately subject yourself to the pain of love? To know love, is to know the pain of love. Yet for all the pain inherent in love, we seek love again and again. Nothing exercises our gifts of hope and faith more strenuously. Love may be a "dog from hell" to Bukowski, but he is still unable to disguise his want, his need and his hope for more love. Bukowski - alcoholic, misanthrope, barbarian, gutter rat - who writes of love and can still say..."It softens a man."
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There are some gems within this volume, which as the title suggests, concentrates on the themes of love and relationships. In his own inimitable style Hank catalogues his numerous amorous encounters - by turns funny, tragic and most often poignant. This particular volume is less poetry, more a selection of very short stories. For vintage Bukowski at his best I would recommend 'The Days Run Away like Wild Horses over the Hills.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beauty of a brutal reality 14 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
So often people read bukowski and only see the excesses of his lifestyle. I read of celebreties mentioning him and they just don't seem to get it. This is one of the most beautiful and brutal books of poetry you could ever read. Enjoy the honesty. Enjoy the lack of pretense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of THE great poetry collections 7 May 2014
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I first got hold of this book in America around 1992...and thus began my idolisation of Bukowski. I'm sure he's be disgusted to hear that but what the hell.. The book kept me laughing and crying through good times and bad.. as girls came and went and wives too. He nailed it for me with these poems. How to be broken by love and raise a beer to girls past, present and future.. to Beethoven, creativity and having the balls to feel!!
It's going into the box with me when it's my turn...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bukowski is a gem 4 Mar 2014
By sam
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what an inspirational book from an alcoholic who quite literally captures your mind in his blunt use of poetry in an artistic form of excellence. very inspirational
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting 12 Feb 2014
By Paul.F
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I bought this book as a gift for someone who wanted to read a book by Bukowski. It turned out not to be quite the kind of book I thought it was, so I ended up buying a novel too - this was my fault for not reading enough about it before purchase. It is a collection of poems and short pieces of writing on the subject of love and not a novel.

The person who received the gift liked it and finds it a good book with all the typically Bukowski features of gritty, sometimes grim realities of life and yet still retaining hope and joy too. Some of the other reviews here do a better job than I can in describing the style of the writing and the way it might affect a reader.

It is hard to remain unmoved by almost anything by Bukowski, although how deeply you relate to his view of the world and the people in it will depend on your personal experience.
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