Top positive review
Lurid Hilarity, Surprising Tenderness
on 12 July 2017
I think this was Bukowski's first novel, written, I believe, within a month or two after quitting his job at the post office where he'd worked for years. And it shows. This semi-autobiographical tale contains all the raw emotion and frustration you might expect; details of the numbing grind, the drunken oblivion, all the rough nights and the women Henry Chinaski, the antagonist, spends them with. Holding it all together is a sense that it was written in passionate desperation, and this energy is almost tangible. It's a novel about a guy trying to make it as a writer. No, it's the story of a guy trying not to get crushed by the facts of his own existence. Whatever it is, Post Office is eloquent, witty and uncompromisingly real. Try it.