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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and brilliant......, 10 April 2007
This review is from: Post Office: A Novel (Paperback)
There is a huge amount to be said for writing simplistically. Too many of today's writers allow themselves to become bogged down by elevated language and complex grammatical constructions. If a writer is truly talented, it will show through in the simplest of forms. This book is short, simple and brilliant. Bukowski captures the tedium of working in a low paid, menial job and living hand to mouth. The book is very sad and forces the reader to ask many questions about their own life and life in general. The pity Bukowski evokes for the dog, Picasso, in just a few short words, is genius and heartbreaking. Truly talented writers don't need to hide behind fancy language. Too many books these days seem somehow 'misty' as though we are desperately trying to get to the story through a cloud of linguistic flotsam. This book achieves clarity without trying too hard or attempting to be pretentious.
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