Pulp Paperback – 1 May 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The last novel from one of the most distinctive writers of the 20th Century --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Pulp is known as his funniest novel but there's poignancy behind the humour, as Pulp features many ruminations on death and ageing. Death is a character, but instead of a traditional cloaked skeleton, Bukowski's personification of death is a blonde vixen in a red dress, who enlists the help of a private detective to find a French novelist who has tricked her into thinking he's already dead. Throughout the novel, Lady Death keeps reminding the detective that his time will come too, echoing Bukowski's own concerns about mortality.
Familiar Bukowski staples (bars, racetracks) keep his fans happy, but the rest of the novel shows a more surreal side to Bukowski, which had only been previously shown in some of his short stories. Pulp's triumph is in the fact that an old writer more used to gritty realism can write a novel packed with surrealism and still pass with flying colours.
Dig deeper under the fun and you'll find re-interpretations of the work of other writers. Bukowski re-affirms Nietzsche's opinion of the human race with, 'Boring damned people. All over the earth' (154) Likewise, Virginia Woolf had clearly thought about how we cope with whatever life throws our way with, 'Thus we spin around us infinitely fine filaments and construct for ourselves a system'. Bukowski's take is: (Life is about) 'The needed machinery of the moment. And those needs keep altering'. (128) The Socratic notion that 'The unexamined life is not worth living', comes from Bukowski's pen as, 'We were all just hanging around waiting to die and meanwhile doing little things to fill the space. Some of us weren't even doing that. We were vegetables'. (147) Our indifference to polluting the planet is clearly stated in p 127, when the visiting Space-aliens decide to leave this earth. 'We've thought it over. It's too awful. We don't want to colonise this earth', and then explain why.
This book is short, and the numerous theories that come in momentarily are what give it its true strength/appeal.Read more ›
Like Bukowski's other novels, this is very short, and therefore infectious to read and there are enough funny lines to make up for it's small failings. It may not be as great an achievement as Post Office, but I would say it's probably funnier. So it's worth spending the couple of hours it takes to read it.
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Brilliant! A true masterpiece by one of the best writer of the 19th century. Easy reading, deep an fascinatingPublished 11 months ago by Marco
He's my fave <3
Admittedly Pulp isn't his best work - he wrote is as he's dying so it's kinda a reflection on his own mortality. But still a great novel. Read more
I've read about half of the book by now, but already I personally think it's one of Bukowski's best books. Hopefully I wont be disappointed by the second half. Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Monika
As the title says, 'Absolutely fine.' No complaints from me whatsoever. Everything is as in the product description. Fast dispatch and cheap as chips.Published on 1 May 2012 by bdjsleeish
Bukowski's last novel is a bit surreal. It has more in common with his short stories than his novels. The grit is here but the plot is made of loose ends. Read morePublished on 30 April 2012 by Amazon Customer
As with all Bukowski's books, the prose is clear and punchy. There are no wasted words, and yet his descriptions remains adept and accurate. Read morePublished on 29 April 2012 by MB