- 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)
The Last Night of the Earth Poems Paperback – 17 Aug 1992
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a gift for someone when I bought it and I have had no complaints! I did receive the same book recently as a gift however and I love it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amelia
As Buko is a genius, the book is amazing itself... but sadly it arrived broken to my home (probably due to a failed package) and some poems are absolutely illegible...Published on 10 Jun. 2014 by Nicolás Posada
This is one of his best, if not his best poetry book. I wouldn't recommend it as a first work to readd by him, but it is definitely essential.Published on 4 April 2014 by Marlon Morais