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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Sixth Printing edition (17 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876856830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876856833
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,987 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SocialBookshelves.com on 5 Sept. 2013
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What we've got here is another excellent collection of Charles Bukowski's poetry, first published in 1986. As always, Bukowski's work is autobiographical and inspired by his experiences at the races and at the bars and whorehouses that he frequented.

In fact, his love of the horses was so extreme that this collection is dedicated to Jeff Copland, a racing addict who's been, among other things, a trainer, an agent and a gambler - Bukowski met him at the races, and remained friends with him until the great poet's death in 1994.

Bukowski's poetry has always been more formidable than his prose, and while this isn't necessarily his greatest collection, it's as good a place as any to start. Trust me, after you've read a dozen of his poems, you'll already be in love with his words - that's a good thing, it's like the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

Let's take a look at some of his poetry - 'Red Mercedes' for example. It gives us a fantastic insight in to the poet's mindset, and it's a poem that we can all relate to: "Naturally, we are all caught in downmoods, it's a matter of chemical imbalance and an existence which, at times, seems to forbid any real chance at happiness."

At other times, we get a glimpse of the great poet's addiction to classical music - perhaps the least damaging of his many vices. '1813-1883', for example, is the period during which Richard Wagner lived and composed his music, and the poem explains how Bukowski is "listening to Wagner, as outside in the dark the wind blows a cold rain."

Do yourself a favour and read some of Bukowski's work. For me?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wheels on 12 April 2009
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The Most Beautiful Woman in Townif you have read any of his books,this collection of poems does not fail to impress.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James on 31 May 2013
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Not gonna write an in depth review. Just want to say that this is my favourite of Bukowski's poetry. Probably because I can relate to a lot of it. Pretty crap way of reviewing a book I guess but there it is.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Dec. 1998
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Charles Bukowski, in this and other fine works, remains a stalwart voice in literary circles. His down to earth styles and musings of the everyman convey beauty through desolation, hope through nothingness, and love through lonliness. I highly recommend this, as well as his novels. He is greatly missed.
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Wow. This book is amazing. Every page leaves you brethless and I have to take a moment to just sit there and admire what I have just read. Bukowski is an amazing writer and I strongly recommed this book to anyone who wish to read something amaizing that touches on everything in life an this world. Simply amzing
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By amy hall on 23 Jun. 2014
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This is one of the best book ever. it makes you see life in different ways. Ways this I didn't think were possible.
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By Jodie on 28 April 2014
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Love this purchase as I am a big fan of Charles bukowski look forward to buying more of his books from here
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By sam on 4 Mar. 2014
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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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