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I came to this through Charles Bukowski's recommendation in his own writings, and I can see its appeal for him. It didn't have much appeal for me, though. I enjoyed the first few chapters, though it reminded me strongly of Knut Hamsun's Hunger, a similar tale of a struggling author and his curious personality quirks. With Hunger, though, the intensity never lets up; this is a different beast entirely. The bulk of the novel revolves around the narrator's highly unlikely relationship with a girl he meets in a coffee bar. To say he is unpleasant is something of an understatement, and I found it impossible to care much about his bizarre efforts to woo the girl. Finally, the plot's implausibilities got too much for me. The writing style is fine and easy to read - though the stream of consciousness passages grate a bit - but overall I'd rather read Bukowski!