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South of No North Hardcover – 1 Jan 1975


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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Black Sparrow Press,U.S.; Reprint edition (1 Jan. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876851901
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876851906
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,528,985 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Vladimir Kostadinov on 16 Feb. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book of short stories is incredible. There is nothing else that I have read that is as incredibly honest, frank, simple yet so exceptionaly emotive. I would recomend this book to anybody. Strangely I was expecting this book to be depressive, but much on the contrary reading left me feeling much happier. True the book is not a fairy tale, or anything close, but yet with its transparency and clearness on how Henry Chinaski stumbles though life, it leaves you with a feeling that, sure life can be awful, but that makes you appreciate what you have so much.
A must have book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 1997
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of Bukowski, and this one is unique. The stories in this book are amazingly depressing and uplifting, all at the same time. It's both the subject matter and the way the stories are told that makes it so powerful. Definitely something to check out: a great starting point for Bukowski newbies and also amazing for those who've read other things he has written. Highly recommended.
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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) had a gift for creating evocative titles. The title of this book, "South of No North: Stories of the Buried Life" (1975) captures hauntingly the sense of loneliness, alienation, and aloneness that underlies the 27 short stories in this volume.

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.
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By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Bukowski's prose is rich, whilst still maintaining a show rather than tell style, and there is much to admire in the writing. His short stories are often only a thousand words or so, but are vivid and engaging, and it's clear why Time magazine labelled him the `laureate of American low life'. And even though the stories in South of No North clearly relate to his own life, especially those focused on Henry Chinaski (his childhood acne, his chronic alcoholism, his endless succession of jobs, his movement between cheap rooming houses, his womanising, his experience of writing, his marriage to a Texan poet despite having never met, his time in hospital), they are also, it has to be said, quite troubling. Through his writing he comes across as a full-blown misogynist, with women acting purely as sexual objects. There are three ways to a woman's heart in Bukowski's writing - ply them with drink (preferably a fifth of whiskey), just walk right up to them and kiss them, or rape them. In all three cases they will instantly fall in love with you, dump (or kill) their present boyfriend, and leap in bed with you until they realise that you are the bastard that they always knew you were. Queue big argument, storm out, five minutes of feeling sorry for one's self, and then stealing the next woman to come along. That said, there is much to envy in Bukowski's writing prowess and prose. American low life, indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Kelly on 7 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book. Vivid imagery, harsh portraits of real life, often funny and expressed with raw power. Mainly short stories good to dip in to for inspiration and entertainment. I have read the stories many times and am still be absorbed by their insight. The man understood life and had a rare gift. buy this book. Enjoy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1998
Format: Paperback
South of No North was one of the first Bukowski works that I read and it was the one that reeled me in like a fish. A fantastic work of great scope and understanding. This book speaks to you in a way that few will. It speaks to every part of you - the mind, heart, soul, conscious, unconscious, etc. This is a must for anyone interested in a plain, honest treatment of human life with all of its peaks and valleys.
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