FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Last Night of the Ear... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Receive this fine as new book in 4-5 working days. Shipped from our UK supplier, via Royal Mail. We do not ship to Denmark.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The Last Night of the Earth Poems Paperback – 17 Aug 1992

4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£356.31
Paperback
"Please retry"
£10.99
£6.27 £6.94
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£10.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • The Last Night of the Earth Poems
  • +
  • Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame: Selected Poems 1955-1973
  • +
  • Love is a Dog From Hell
Total price: £31.65
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Re-issue edition (17 Aug. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876858639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876858639
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

About the Author

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 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
These poems are fine to dip in and out of. They dip in and out a bit themselves.

Often rather inconsequential thought-doodles they do sometimes feel disposable and easy. The style, you could say, is deceptively simple and conversational - Raymond Carver-like. Or just simple and conversational full stop.

Glimpses of a tough life hard lived with bored moments and weary reflections thrown in. Genuine, unadorned poems, on occasion, deeply touching, though not quite often enough.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
a truly mesmerising book of poems from the great Bukowski, in particular ' The man with the beautiful eyes' is just astounding. I highly recommend this to any avid readers of poetry and verse.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is a book for the ages, and one of Bukowski's best. He alternately looks back on his drunken youth ("Young in New Orleans," Days Like Razors, Nights Full of Rats") and evaluates his painful present ("Ill," "8 count") with an unwavering honesty. At times, the writing has an almost effortless quality that is rare even for Bukowski. Still, his insights remain tough ("Hand-outs"), startling ("Dinosauria, we"), and in places, surprisingly beautiful ("The Bluebird"). This is a richer Bukowski than is available in many of his earler works; the bravado is still there, but it is infused with a new self-awareness. As always with Bukowski, there are obvious throw-aways (what is "My Uncle Jack" about?!), but overall, the effect is that of a fine wine (Bukowskian pun FULLY intended!) aged to perfection. Drink up!
1 Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This collection of Bukowski's poetry is a must-read for lover's of his work - there are a lot of fantastic insights in to the poet's life and lifestyle, like his rare depiction of a writer that he actually admired: 'A. Huxley died at 69, much too early for such a fierce talent, and I read all his works but actually Point Counter Point did help a bit in carrying me through the factories and the drunk tanks and the unsavory ladies.'

At other times, he laments how 'we are always asked to understand the other person's viewpoint no matter how out-dated, foolish or obnoxious.' This is Bukowski at his best, with wit and cynicism in abundance - you'll like him. Let's have a look at some of the crazy things that passed through his alcoholic brain and in to the keys of a typewriter.

Let's take this interesting glance at one of the worries that plagued Bukowski as a writer: 'Of course, I may die in the next ten minutes and I'm ready for that, but what I'm really worried about is that my editor-publisher might retire even though he is ten years younger than I.'

I could just keep quoting lines - the work speaks for itself, and if you read enough of it, you'll be hooked. Here's another fine example: 'You know: I'm drunk once again here listening to Tchaikovsky on the radio. Jesus, I heard him 47 years ago when I was a starving writer and here he is again, and now I am a minor success as a writer and death is walking up and down this room smoking my cigars, taking hits of my wine, as Tchaik is working away at the Pathétique, it's been some journey and any luck I've had was because I rolled the dice right.
Read more ›
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
In my search for modern relevance among poets, I have only sofar found Bukowski to move my soul. His choice of words is always pure, blunt, and honest, without the vague, meandering, and metaphorical allusions to nature which is so sickly entrenched in most poetry. Perhaps misery loves company, but there is clearly a heart of gold beneath the layers of Bukowski's cynicism. I definitely recommend this!
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great Chalres Bukowski at it again! I read plenty of his novels (ham on rye, hollywood, the post office and others) whi are grittier, sometimes interwoven with slapstick and a hefty dose of sarcasm, one of his other poetry books (you get so alone at times that it just makes sense) and I did like this one as well!

The style of the poems in this collection seems a bit more 'real' and 'to the point' like pages of a diary and personal introspections rather than other types of white poetry, even in the other poetry book (you get so alone...) of C.B. I read.

Good read, definitely recommended!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 8 Dec. 1996
Format: Paperback
Like any Bukowski there are nuggets of brilliance in this
work, but I found myself wearying of the mass of the
volume: notations and ruminations on the daily events
of a terminally old writer. Worth reading if you've read
everything else by Bukowski.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Last poems. Some of the greatest written there. Master pieces like "blue bird", "spark" and "dinausoria we" prove that Bukowski was not dead when he was writing past seventy years old and that his best works were behind him.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category