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Women  - Charles Bukowski

Paperback Published: March 2009
ISBN: 9780753518144
Number Of Pages: 320

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Low life writer and alcoholic Henry Chinaski was born to survive. Now, at the age of fifty, he is living the life of a rock star, running three hundred hangovers a year and a sex life that would cripple Casanova. Women is a riotous and uncompromisingly vivid account of life on the edge.

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"1A poem about love and pain. - Los Angeles Times 2A laureate of American low life. - Time 3One of those writers whom each new reader discovers with a transgressive thrill - New Yorker 4The ultimate Bukowski novel, packed with hilarious episodes - Uncut" * - *

Gritty and addictive.


This volume has already been pored over by thousands and their reviews should contribute to your thoughts but consider this take as well; The physical descriptions of the lovemaking episodes are gritty, chauvinistic and at times violent which I found off-putting but then, there is no context to the other person's perspective. When he captures their view of the recent tryst, their reactions are generally positive. There is a lot unsaid which I think is then dangerous to fill in the blanks with your own perspective as his writing can then say whatever it is you want it to say. It is the appeal and the 'risk' of his art. The women he describes are crazy, at times unhinged, at times lonely but these are the circles in which he operates. I don't think it is so much chauvinism as his descriptions of himself are also denigrating. He is a tragic player who happened to get lucky after years of dead-end jobs and he states this several times. I found that through this lens he neither denigrates nor worships 'the female' – but there are more informed voices than mine on this point. We are all human and with that goes the fallibility, banality, craziness and unpredictability, etc. At the heart of it I find his writing absolutely compelling. He manages to achieve simplicity which for me, is the highest order of sophistication. As a bonus he even describes his views on Hemingway which is a fascinating paragraph. Again, brief, decisive but he hits the nail on the head like few others. His writing is so simple but just you try to do it for an extended period, I dare you. Read this absolutely and then start having a look at his poetry if you get the chance, it is eye-opening.

Country, West Australia



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ISBN: 9780753518144
ISBN-10: 0753518147
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: March 2009
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

Charles Bukowski

About the Author

harles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His writing often featured a depraved metropolitan environment, downtrodden members of American society, direct language, violence, and sexual imagery, and many of his works center around a roughly autobiographical figure named Henry Chinaski. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (Black Sparrow, 1994), Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994..

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