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The best of Bukowski's novels, stories, and poems, this collection reads like an autobiography, relating the extraordinary story of his life and offering a sometimes harrowing, invariably exhilarating reading experience. A must for this counterculture idol's legion of fans.
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1962)
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Jonathan Briggs
Apr 18, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like the Modest Mouse song "Bukowski" says: He's a pretty good read, but who'd wanna be such an asshole? At least Charles Bukowski came by his assholery honestly -- "born into this sorrowful deadliness" -- not like that overgrown fratboy date-rapist Jack Kerouac. Bukowski was ostracized in school, abused at home, grotesquely scarred by acne and largely unloved. So he started hating back, channeling his hurt and rage into prose and poetry that was plainspoken but eloquent and occasionally ev ...more
Arthur Graham
Feb 02, 2015 Arthur Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a joy to hear Buk read, like the voice of an old friend. His tone betrays a gentle soul, somewhat at odds with his more callous/crass persona, and his delivery seems natural and unaffected. Like all of his recordings, this one provides bits and pieces of context between each selection, and his interactions with those others present are both revealing and entertaining in equal measure. Initially I questioned the producer for including so many retakes when the slurred bits could have easily ...more
Jonathon
May 05, 2013 Jonathon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Bukowski, the man with the plan. Bukowski is extremely entertaining and I love reading his stuff. I don't know about you, but I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside every time I read his stuff. Like drinking a fine scotch on a cold winter night...(I don't drink scotch nor live in a cold climate). His stories are both comforting and extremely inspiring to me for some reason. I find them even cathartic. After reading his stuff, I usually get a strong urge to be really really adventurous, drink ...more
Corin Wenger
Jun 02, 2010 Corin Wenger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have gone through a few stages over the years in reading Buk. The first few years, I suppose I was like any kid eagerly devouring all the beat/countercultural stuff out there. At some point in time I just got tired of his apparent qualities of egotism, narcissism, misogyny, and what I saw as a romanticization of poverty and alcoholism... What was there to like about Bukowski?

As it turns out, I have been reading this anthology, which gathers some of his "best" writing in his forty or fifty boo
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El alquimista del tedio .
Más allá de la calidad literaria de esta obra, cuando lo leí hace casi ya 20 años, fue todo un descubrimiento para mí. Luego leería Factotum, La senda del perdedor, La maquina de follar y toda la prosa y poesía que encontré de Bukowski. Después de las lecturas escolares obligatorias, para mí Bukowski fue el detonante que me hizo amar la lectura y emprender un camino, la pasión por leer, que me ha acompañado hasta el día de hoy. Luego fui dejando a Bukowski de lado y fui descubriendo otros muchos ...more
Emalie Soderback
May 25, 2009 Emalie Soderback rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This was the moment I began my love affair and nerdy literary obsession with the works of Bukowski. This collection of stories and poetry reads like an autobiography; appearing not in the order they were written or what books they were published in, but in what they outlined, from his birth to his death. He will envelop you in his cynicism, make you want to cry over packs of cigarettes and glasses and glasses of whiskey, and empathize with his unexpected tenderness.


“I always felt as if I was goi
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Brian
For me Bukowski is one of the truest voices in both poetry and prose I have ever encountered.
I discovered him in Tower Records main store in Dublin in 1984. Took to his prose first and Run with the hunted was one of my first purchases.
I fully understand the hostility he generates, and I am glad in a way I nver met him.
There was a very mean streak in him and he acted dispicably towards many who were his greatest supporters.

But the more I read of him the more
I appreciate the clarity and incisi
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Jonah Arias
Mar 01, 2011 Jonah Arias added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Jonah by: No one.
Charles Bukowski shows his life through use of emotion and the dark life of an LA poet, as well as a rambunctious teenager living with abusive parents and horrible acne. There is also a great amount of profound poetry in this book. The profound poetry is vulgar and violent, but it comes straight from the heart of Charles i.e. Henry Chinaski. When Charles was walking up and down the streets with all of his pus filled bandages, he didn't let anything get to him, he stood up for himself even throug ...more
Heather
What I loved about this anthology is the fact that it was chronological. Bukowski never truly wrote a detailed autobiography of his life. What he wrote instead was a series of autobiographical fiction like Ham on Rye that this compilation pulls from.

Here the author has pieced together the various prose and poetry from Bukowski's life and arranged it in chronological order for us to take in. If you are a die hard Bukowski fan this may be repeat stuff for you. This book is best in the hands of a
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Andrea
Feb 01, 2016 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He always comes through. It was a delight to be taken through his work in this arrangement. I've read most of his published work and was comforted in seeing the passages and poems I'd read as well as some new stories and poems i hadn't gotten to yet. When the loneliness seems too great, he always comes through.
Jessica Lavander-Biggs
I'm a big fan of the TV show Californication, and I read somewhere that Hank's character was based on Charles Bukowski, which made me curious to read him. Unfortunately, I am not a fan at all of Bukowski. I tried to finish this book, but after reading a story of a possible rape he committed while working as a postal worker, I couldn't stomach him anymore. The man has little literary talent, and he's a despicable human being. Basically, he's an alcoholic with a personality disorder. I don't know ...more
Zachary Rawlins
Oct 25, 2011 Zachary Rawlins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rarely does a collection do a truly talented writer justice - and Bukowski has such a mastery of words and language, an inherent ability to capture beauty and ugliness and loss and pain with such incredibly vivid detail that it haunts me. This collection has most of what you need, whether you just want to reread some favorite poems or stories, or whether you are discovering Charles for the first time. The mad, drunk poet laureate of Los Angeles, the genius bum and drunk, the man is a fascinating ...more
Marsha
Apr 06, 2008 Marsha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the creative but not timid
I enjoyed reading this anthology of Mr. Bukowski's many stories, poems and excerpts from his novels. Charles Bukowski was an alcoholic and many of his stories touch upon his barfly life. With his strong descriptions and wonderful dialogue, I felt like I was right there with him. He also wrote about his working life - working for the post office, and eventually as a writer. He wrote about his experiences freely under fictional characters. He loved women but did not seem to have much respect for h ...more
Joseph
Aug 03, 2012 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Writing about Charles Bukowski — or, even more so, about his work — is like writing about driving in a pounding thunderstorm … or experiencing the sounds and smells of a paper mill running at full production … or walking through the neighborhood you grew up in, many years later, and marveling at how small and shabby the houses and people and cars and even the street-signs seem to have become. One can describe all of these things, of course; but ultimately, the experience itself is irreducible.
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Haydee Salcedo
Feb 12, 2015 Haydee Salcedo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libros-2015
Bukowski es un "chiste", se disfruta con los personajes además que prueba su gran conocimiento de escritores europeos, poetas y por supuestos conocimiento de los clásicos.
Peleando a la contra contiene una serie de relatos de diferentes de sus libros publicados junto con secciones de poemas intercalándose en cada narración pero manteniendo la fluidez y la estilo de esta misma en algunas ocasiones; no obstante, esta alternancia de relatos y poemas hace que el libro tenga "salto de tiempos" (no exa
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Kevan
May 07, 2014 Kevan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is all too adept at the art of imbuing emotion in a reader. Within his succinct and wry narrative, he chronicles his life in this anthology of both his prose and his poetry. Interestingly enough, this anthology is arranged chronologically: it ranges from Bukowski's first account of familial life from under the kitchen table as a toddler to his last days. Through the lens of his literary alter ego, Henry Chinaski, he creates a world filled with misfortune and unabashed licentiousness, ca ...more
Stephen
If you want to dive deeply into the world of Bukowski, this is probably not the the book that best fits that purpose. If you want a sense of the life and outlook he brought to his writing, this is definitely the place to start. A collection of poems, short stories and excerpts put in the a chronological order as reflections of Bukowski's life rather than the order in which they were written, it is the closest thing to a true autobiography as there could be. Bukowski is very much a matter of tast ...more
Soniacamba_
Dec 31, 2015 Soniacamba_ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gracias Bukowski por tanto.
un maravilloso libro en el que se mezclan relatos, cuentos y poemas. En ocasiones eso me lió un poco. Disfruté de forma arrolladora de todo el libro, especialmente de los poemas. Alguien me dijo que Bukowski era demasiado pesimista, pero yo jamás lo he visto así. Creó que era negativo con todo aquello con lo que debía serlo, y a pesar de todo yo descubría unas increíbles ganas de vivir entre sus páginas. Me resultaban tiernos algunos poemas que no tenían un ápice de t
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Melis
Nov 25, 2015 Melis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice compilation of poems and novel excerpts arranged by the time period in Bukowski's life that they reflect. Reads like a novel in its own right. Very much enjoyed it.
Jamila
Apr 17, 2016 Jamila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Monkey C
Aug 08, 2007 Monkey C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, fiction
probably all the bukowski the average person will ever need. a great introduction to his prose and poetry.
Abigail
One of the treasures of my early book reading past and early love affair with the work of Bukowski.
JB
Apr 02, 2014 JB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where's the money Bukowski?? This poor, alcoholic compilation is a great introduction to his works. He is a true writer of the people. There is nothing over-the-top or pretentious about his style. He expresses feelings so simply and accurately, it is obvious that he lived through the majority of the hardships he describes. His semi-autobiographical style is full of sarcasm and degradation. While he is certainly not focused on happiness, I would also not call it depressing. He finds glimmers of h ...more
Muhannad
Apr 27, 2016 Muhannad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something unsatisfying about reading a book of selected works. It's knowing that of all the novels and books published by author, I've completed none, but read excerpts from all. Otherwise, the book offers a better selection of Bukowski's poems, which I always felt I had to sift through to find one worth reading. Albeit, when found, it, indeed, shook me to the core.

"Dinosauria, We"

Born like this
Into this
As the chalk faces smile
As Mrs. Death laughs
As the elevators break
As political landsc
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Hannah
Feb 07, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[...]
meanwhile
I take showers
answer the phone
boil eggs
study motion and waste
and feel as good
as the next while
walking in the sun.
p. 250, 'claws of paradise'

I'm new to Bukowski, but I like contemporary American poetry. A lot of the reviews already written on Bukowski have analysed him better than I can. He's sad. He's incredibly real to point of being frightening. How can a life with feelings like that be tolerable?

This anthology brings a wide variety of his work together. The collection is also a
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Derek Emerson
Bukowski is not for the light-hearted, but well worth exploring. This 500-page reader is culled from over 20 works by the writer, and this is the weak point in the book. Editor John Martin has done a good job of mixing the poetry and prose of the writer from his early days until late in his life. Still, it is at times a clunky mix, missing the cohesiveness a writer gives a work. Nearly any anthology faces this dilemma, and few get around it. Still, as an introduction to his work, it would be har ...more
Scott A. Nicholson
Though I've read much of Bukowski's full novels, this was my first exposure to both his poetry and his short stories. I really should have inspected it more before I bought it, as there were a lot of excerpts in this collection taken from novels I'd already read. Well, that was my bad. Still, it's a big collection and I certainly found plenty new material to keep me entertained for the haul. Run With the Hunted was well crafted and assembled with care, in an order that not only represents Bukows ...more
Dane Cobain
Aug 22, 2013 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is interesting - the first ever review on SocialBookshelves.com that has been assigned three different categories - fiction, non-fiction and poetry. With Bukowski, it almost doesn't matter - he flows effortlessly between mediums but always retains the same, unique genre. That's why we love him.

Interestingly enough, this collection of short stories and poems is arranged in chronological order in the order in which they happened in Bukowski's life, rather than the order in which it was
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Emma
Aug 14, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is like no one I've read before. He has no ambition, no honour, no care but he does have talent. He writes about mundane everyday moments, arguments, observations but he writes in such a way that these moments are interesting and significant. I can not like Bukowski, his character is often despicable but Bokowski knows it himself. The point of his work is not to like him, respect him or admire but to relate to another human in the most basic, sometimes shameful way. His dialogue is fast ...more
Mary
Dec 01, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Charles Bukowski when I recently saw him recommended by another author and randomly found this e-book through my public library. I vaguely remembered reading reviews of the movie "Barfly" years ago and thinking I didn't want to see it. I'm not sure even now that I would want to see the movie version of Charles Bukowski's dissipated lost years. But reading about it is something else - unexpected, appalling, and yet, delightful.

This reader runs very long and uses Bukowski's w
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