- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Ecco; Re-issue edition (20 Aug. 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876851898
- ISBN-13: 978-0876851890
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.2 x 22.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
South of No North Paperback – 20 Aug 1992
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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 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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A must have book.
Bukowski began writing short stories at an early age while he supported himself doing odd jobs and through work at the Post Office. He then turned to poetry and, eventually, to writing novels at the urging of John Martin of Black Sparrow Press. Bukowski continued to write stories and columns for underground newspapers in Los Angeles. Some of the stories are included here.
As are the novels, Bukowski's stories are raw and gritty. They are filled with life in Los Angeles flophouses and cheap rooming houses. The stories feature chronic alcoholism, crude sexuality, sexual frustration, horseplaying, violence, and joblessness. They are a chronicle of the life of the down-and-outer.
Many of the stories are told in the voice of Henry Chinaski, the autobiographical character that is at the center of Bukowski's novels. But interestingly, some of the stories in this collection feature other characters and settings. The collection includes, for example a fanciful story set in the old West, "Stop Staring ... Mister", and stories with imaginative, if macabre themes, including "No way to Paradise", "Maja Thurup" and "The Devil was Hot".
The dominant impression these stories convey is one of loneliness and isolation. Whether the character is Chinaski or another individual, Bukowski writes of individuals who lack social connectedness and sense of purpose. His characters are perpetual outsiders who mock a world they cannot share and simultaneously tear themselves apart.Read more ›
before he hit the poetry -- the bottle was in between and, seemingly, forever -- and his stories are haunting. You will find
where he started, in stories that include glimpses into his "lost" years when he was a drifting worker and bum. When he works
in the deseret carying railroad ties, you feel the slivers in his gloveless hands, and you feel what it may have been that drove
him to all the rest. South of No North is his early best.
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Like all Bukowski books - if you can read it and relate, then this is another piece of genius.Published 17 months ago by Robert
Beautiful cover, amazing title. So that's good.
Charles Bukowski is obviously a very talented writer, but reading a whole book crammed full of depressing, drunken,... Read more
Some of the most striking, powerful, and down-trodded prose you're ever likely to read. Memorising and maniacal in equal measure. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2013 by Dave
Nothing can beat Bukowskis novels, but this little book of short stories still has much to delight fans. Read morePublished on 14 July 2010 by S. Kruse