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on 18 October 2012
I've bought many books off Amazon in the past but have only felt compelled to leave a review for this particular item. Prior to this, I'd read a few Bukowski books (namely Ham on Rye, Post Office, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Pleasures of the Lost and Damned) and flicked through a few of his other books that a friend owns (Pulp, You Get So Alone at Times that it Just Makes Sense). Usually, I prefer novels or short stories to poems but this collection is excellent.
It has everything you'd expect from Bukowski. The writing is, in the main, simple but powerful in an efficient way. For me, Buk's main strength as a writer was the uncanny knack he had of describing the rawest of emotions in such few words and it is prevalent throughout this work.
I almost comment on the book itself, it's a beautiful print. Dare I say the print is almost elegant? I also ordered South of No North at the same time as this book and that is the same print.
All-in-all, it's an excellent product. If you're a Bukowski fan, I'd urge you to buy this as I'm sure you'll enjoy it. If you've never read him, I'd recommend this as a good starting point (or maybe Ham on Rye if you prefer novels to poetry).