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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  2,912 ratings  ·  143 reviews
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
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
Corin Wenger
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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Jonathon
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
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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Emalie Soderback
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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Zachary Rawlins
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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


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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Kevan
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
JB
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
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
Socialbookshelves.com
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
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
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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Oliver
This is the only Bukowski I've read and I was only able to get through about 3/4. I dig the pain and the realism in his work but there is simply too much here. I find his poetry rather dull, except for this poem titled Rain.

a symphony orchestra.
there is a thunderstorm,
they are playing a Wagner overture
and the people leave their seats under the trees
and run inside to the pavilion
the women giggling, the men pretending calm,
wet cigarettes being thrown away,
Wagner plays on, and then they are all und
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Jen
Jan 26, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jen by: Peter N
I remember sitting in a dinner environment with approximately eight friends and aquaintances. I've always considered myself to be a bookworm with good taste. However, each of those at the table with the exception of me, was entrenched in a conversation regarding Bukowski's work. Astonished, I vowed to myself that his work was a must read. Later, this book was recommended to me by an entirely different friend of mine. What makes this particularly interesting was that it's been edited by Bukowski' ...more
Zack
Not for almost thirty or forty years after the events chronicled in his fictionalized partial autobiography, "Ham On Rye", did Charles Bukowski begin to gain any significant acclaim as a writer, only then for his deliberately sleazy (per the editor's direction) column in the L.A. weekly Open City, which popularized his name and launched the groundswell of support which would ultimately make him famous, but seems for the most part to have poisoned him against serious consideration by the academic ...more
Katie
Bukowski's work chronicles dark and raw human existence. This anthology often reads like an autobiography and proves his beautiful gift of observation. The characters from each story/poem flow together without losing their identities but each stands alone as a crystal clear snapshot of their existence. This is a phenomenal work of literature featuring an astonishing and heroic life.
Steve
Having never read Bukowski, this seems like the best introduction, a chronological selection of his prose and poetry that reads like an experimental autobiography. He writes with great clarity, and is kind of a Beat Hemingway. I think I prefer my poetry a tad more, well, poetic. Still, an important and interesting writer who has made his reputation without the help of academics.
John
This is a very nice collection of short stories and poems by Bukowski. I really liked his stories about working various jobs. Bukowski has a great sense of humor. An example is when one of his girlfriends states that her goal is to "clean up the world", he asks her if she "could clean up the kitchen first". I'm not too keen on Bukowski's vulgar stories of his sexcapades, but it's all part of the canon. The "hollywood years" when he writes about the screenplay and movie "Barfly", loses some of hi ...more
Jamie
Nov 27, 2011 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an open mind that wants to be amused
My boyfriend recommended this (it's one of his favorites and immediately after said that he never met a woman he thought would like it, but he thought I would appreciate and "get" it). I have to admit, it was an easy read and I thouroughly enjoyed it. Women may take offense to the way Bukowski refers to women, so if you are a feminist, don't read it, you will be offended.

It is a mixture of poems and short stories and excepts about his life, semi-fictional, placed in chronological of when they oc
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Bananfish2
Bukowski's style is incredibly mean and precise, but as I read through, it also grew more wonderful and nostalgic, especially in the short story sections. I really liked this anthology.
Daniel Murillo


I never had heard of Charles Bukowski until about a year ago thought personal interest. I first read some excerpts from women and ham on rye before i read this and fell in love from those readings. I have never been so consumed by a book in my entire life. I picked this book because it was a collection of all of his books in order of his life, youngest to oldest. His writing style is raw and reflective from his life stories. I always found myself reading this book with the idea that I would onl
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B.T. Hogan
Bukowski's greatest hits. Brilliant stuff obviously, but reading these samples usually leads to me seeking out the rest of the book from which it was sourced.
Cody Conrad
It's just a great collection for any Bukowski fan or someone looking to give him a shot. Not something that is an First introduction but a next step into getting the basics. It's something you find yourself picking up periodically for a variety of reasons. Simple short stories or some of his best poetry. Really just a greatest hits compilation for me that I love having amongst my Bukowski collection.
Susan Lester
THE Bukowski reader is a decent collection of Bukowski. There is a lot of Bukowski left to collect.
Marcos
Excelente recopilatorio de las novelas y poemas de mi hombre Bukowski, el hecho de que este ordenado de manera cronologica es una gran idea, y sirve muy bien para hacerte una idea de la vida y pensamiento de este irrelevante escritor. Cronicas de un borracho, un perdedor sin suerte, desencantado con la vida, pero retratando esas pequeñas bellezas de la vida cotidiana.
Es curiosa su forma de escribir, siempre en primera persona, mucho dialogo con frases cortas, y mucha autobiografia en sus textos.
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Rustyjoint
i brought this book, along with notes of a dirty old man to my thailand trip, simply because i could not decide which bukowski poetry and novels to drag through the airports and bus terminals with me. the two encapsulated his ache and laconic fury incredidly.. i bought this book out of sheer completism for my bukowski gallery.. but it has been worn down and read through and through, much like the rest of them because it is a great synecdoche of the life's work of a man who actually managed to ca ...more
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