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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town [Paperback]

Charles Bukowski
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1 Oct 1986
These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and France where he is published by the great publishing houses), he is critically recognized as one of America's greatest living realist writers.

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Books (1 Oct 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780872861565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872861565
  • ASIN: 0872861562
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,445 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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"Not since George Orwell has the condition of being down-and-out been so well recorded" (New York Times) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The underbelly of Los Angeles, courtesy of iconic American writer Charles Bukowski --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb collection of Uncle Buk short stories 16 Nov 1999
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best American Short Story Writer--Bar None 22 Nov 1998
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bent on bukowski 24 April 1999
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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.
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but... 29 Jan 2011
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars short story phenomenon! 28 Sep 2010
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.
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