or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a 0.39 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town [Paperback]

Charles Bukowski
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
RRP: 8.99
Price: 6.29 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
You Save: 2.70 (30%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 12 July? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback 6.29  
Trade In this Item for up to 0.39
Trade in The Most Beautiful Woman in Town for an Amazon Gift Card of up to 0.39, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

6 Mar 2008

Surfacing from the literary underground, Bukowski's wild and immortal stories have become cult favourites. This collection of anecdotal short stories demonstrates Bukowski's compelling semi-autobiographical style and his mastery of visceral language and the depiction of seamy underworlds.

Focusing on themes that recur throughout his work, from Los Angeles and bar culture to alcoholism, gambling, sex and violence, these pieces also introduce unexpected elements of fantasy and surrealism.


Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Spend 30 and get Norton 360 21.0 - 3 Computers, 1 Year 2014 for 24.99. Here's how (terms and conditions apply)

Frequently Bought Together

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town + Tales of Ordinary Madness + Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Price For All Three: 18.87

Buy the selected items together


Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753513773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513774
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 13.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More 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 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).

Product Description

Review

"Not since George Orwell has the condition of being down-and-out been so well recorded" (New York Times)

Book Description

The underbelly of Los Angeles, courtesy of iconic American writer Charles Bukowski

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of Uncle Buk short stories 16 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This collection is an excellent example of Bukowski's style. The stories are diverse, fascinating and superbly written. Bukowski's tradmark no-nonsense technique is all too prevalent in this book. From autobiographical tales of his drinking escapades to surreal ideas about Hitler becoming president of the United States, each and every one will excite a different part of your literary mind.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best American Short Story Writer--Bar None 22 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Bukowski's stories are veritable TIME BOMBS ready to explode in your open hands. "The Most Beautiful Women In Town And Other Stories" along with "Tales Of Ordinary Madness" are his best works. Powerful stuff...fusion of song with narrative flow...inspired writing, with the solar plexus leading the way...that's Bukowski for you. But what distinguishes him from all others is his wonderful sense of humor. The ability to make himself and his characters laugh through all the existential pain of day-to-day living that's common to us all. And I'm not talking about the intellectual kind for the in-crowd and superwits. I'm talking about street humor. Workingman's humor. The kind to be found in offices and factories throughout the Country. No other American writer can make us laugh quite like Bukowski can...or cry...or feel our humanity all the way to the bone marrow. With this collection of Stories, Bukowski hits the jugular--and blood comes pouring across the pages like bittersweet wine.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bent on bukowski 24 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My first brush with Bukowski was with "The Most Beautiful Woman..." while I was travelling in Central America. I found an old, torn paperback in a friend's closet and began flipping through the pages while lying on the floor of a dusty Spanish villa -- Bukowski in one hand, a cheap Costa Rican beer in the other. This is how Bukowski ought to be read: drunk and free. His stories are fast, gripping, and soaked with his brilliantly strange commentary. I have since gone on to consume more of Bukowski's tales and love the guy more and more with each page I turn. One of three principle elements can be found in all of Bukowski's works -- alcohol, sex, and/or debauchery -- but what truly fascinates me is how he breathes new life into each and every one of his stories. Despite Bukowski's obsession with the aforementioned elements, all of his works are truly unique and surely will make you laugh, cry or scream. Read Bukowski. Live Bukowski.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A mixture of 'typical' Bukowski short stories (no BS, honest,funny, sad with no punches pulled) plus a couple very useful observations on the nature of betting the horses as well as how he got interested in horse-racing in the first place. He also includes a history of LA's infamous under ground newspaper 'Open Pussy' which ran his 'Notes of A Dirty Old Man' column. If you're looking for America's 'original face' try one of Hank's books. Fair warning: he's brutal and thoroughly pro fane - just like the real thing.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but... 29 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
With Bukowski, you know what you're getting. You're getting a sour bum with no cares but alcohol and women, no morals and no inhibitions. There are some great gems in here but you have to leave your British reserve at the dust cover because he holds no punches in his writings. Sometimes, in my opinion, he goes too far, sometimes it can feel predictable or inevitable sometimes he's downright surreal. If you like Bukowski then this is a great collection of great writing, but I wouldn't let my mother read it; she'd spit out her earl grey.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short story phenomenon! 28 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
It's a very specific talent to be able to successfully write short stories and Bukowski is one of the only writers I have experienced who is able to pull them off. This collection is incredible, a mixture of pure fantasy and threads of his own life that draw together a truly engrossing experience from cover to cover. A rare satisfaction is achieved at the end of each story that the whole story has been told that marks the sign of a true craftsman. Dark, seductive, thoroughly satisfying read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback