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Bukowski for Beginners (Writers & Readers Documentary Comic Book)

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Charles Bukowski was many things: an American poet, a novelist, a journalist, a short story writer; He remains a cult figure for realists and cynics of all ages.

Unconventional, raw, and impossible to categorize, his work continues to provide powerful criticism of American culture, a society defined by excess and determined to break the human spirit.

Born in Germany in 1920
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Paperback, First Edition, 160 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by For Beginners LLC (first published March 2000)
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Matthew Kowalski
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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As I read this book and watched the documentary; I saw much of what was my life playing through the pages and the documentary.

I don't have the same will or want for self destruction, but the happiness in aloneness he experienced I also know.

He also was very absorbed in the self, and with self destruction which to some degree I think are American values.

The good news is that the word won, until his last day it could not be stricken from him it was his comfort as much as the women he would find
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Miranda (M.E.) Brumbaugh
Great introduction to Bukowski, especially since my viewpoint was that he was a superficial male with an ego who abused women like he did alcohol; understanding his past helps to refocus on the content in his writing. Next up, "Post Office" :)
Dorrit
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Would like to read his works in chronological order after this!
This was such a fun read. and interesting. Read this in an afternoon, thank you school library.
Brendan
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good, quick read. Some cool drawings by Miguel Rep.

The basic stuff is covered here: his German roots, his abusive father, the post office job, women, drinking, and horse race betting; Barfly, etc. But I learned some new stuff as well: the newspaper column, the blood transfusion from his father, the celebrity visits to his house (Madonna and Sean Penn, Dennis Hopper, etc.), being declared insane by a military psychiatrist.

It's a book for people who are interested in the man behind his wr
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B-MO
Nov 28, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book, I like these beginner series of books....they are graphic novel type history texts basically...that read really fast. I can usually finish one up in a couple of short sittings.

They say for beginners but I think these books are useful as a general background unless you are like a grad student specializing in this field. Although I am semi-familiar with Bukowski I did not know 75% of what was in this text.

A quick polish up.

I had always known Bukowski as the coolest writer of the beat
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Amberle Husbands
I received a copy of Bukowski For Beginners as the result of a Goodreads giveaway. I thought this was a good quick read, a good way to brush up on the writer's history. And the heavily-illustrated format was really amusing. My one thought was that, with so much illustration compared to the amount of text, a person buying the book might not feel like they got all the bang they could for their buck. There were, however, several nice examples of Bukowski's poetry included to really give you a tie i ...more
Luis Guillermo
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good quick read about the author's life. It summarizes Bukowski's evolution as a person and a writer, considering a few precise details but mostly looking at the big picture for each phase of his life.
I just tripped with this in the bookstore and couldn't put it down until I was done with it: this guy was pure badass (I've found each one his works, the ones I've read and the ones I haven't yet, extremely attractive).
Paul Greenberg
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Great book for the Bukowski reader (like me) or newbie. A graphic novel biography with hilarious illustrations. Read it in an evening. Reminded me why I love to read Bukowski.If you're a writer you'll find inspiration in his story. Waiting for my 15 year old to ask me who Bukowski is, so I can whip this out.
Digi Munoz
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read.

Excellent summary of Bukowski and his work. Contains a lot of great quotes from him. Reading this really makes me want to re-read some of his books and poetry.

This book really serves its purpose.
Summer Rae Garcia
I am a misogynist junky. He is vile, but in an endearing stinky old man way.
Stephen
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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I won this book on goodreads.com !
A bit over-simplified but lays a good groundwork for wanting to find out more about Bukowski.
Camila
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buena primera aproximación, que da lugar a juicio propio.
Nicole Bugueño
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, library
Leído en Junio del 2013
Daniel Schechtel
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Increíble lo que este tipo ha vivido y escrito, según parece. Precioso resumen de su vida, que te da muchas ganas de leerlo.
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