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Run With the Hunted: A Charles Bukowski Reader

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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. ...more
Paperback, 497 pages
Published May 7th 1994 by Ecco (first published 1962)
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Jonathan Briggs
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 01, 2015 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
Corin
Jun 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Booze Hound
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Marsha
Feb 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Phyllis
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Rereading in 2020. This is the perfect Covid 19 book. It is usually too depressing, but since I am a bit depressed during these hard times, it works.
He can be funny. Right here at Christmas, I laughed out loud as he told about the Christmas tree falling on him, the hot lights burning his skin.
Since he writes so well, he can write about anything and make it interesting.
Chronologically arranged by the age of the narrator. It seems autobiographical.
Must add that I don't like the way he treats wom
...more
Derek Emerson
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Zachary Rawlins
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Brian
Apr 02, 2012 added it
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
...more
Jonah Arias
Mar 01, 2011 added it
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
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Joseph
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing


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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Jessica 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
Andrea
Feb 01, 2016 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. ...more
Monkey C
Aug 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, fiction
probably all the bukowski the average person will ever need. a great introduction to his prose and poetry.
Abigail
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the treasures of my early book reading past and early love affair with the work of Bukowski.
Melis
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Koen
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some of his boyhood stories are OK; some truly funny : "The Death of the Father"(p.182), "Maja Thurup" (p.199), "No Way to Paradise"(p.256). The so-called poetry stinks. I stand by my previous opinion on Charles Bukowski as expressed in my review of South of No North - see there. ...more
Michael Anderson
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Selections of poetry and excerpts from novels — pieces of his best work. The poetry is mostly above average, and the prose is captivating. I will be picking up Ham on Rye at the very least. Worth reading if you are not familiar with Bukowski.
Cynthia
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great writer Charles Bukowski was! Such vivid imagery and emotions! The subjects are usually difficult, but very compelling and, I think, important. I particularly liked the poems: be kind, trashcan lives, this, putrefaction, and Dinosauria we. They are very relevant, even (or especially) today.
Dane Cobain
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Muhannad
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Scott A. Nicholson
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mary
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
...more
Kevan
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Hannah
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
[...]
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
...more
Oliver
Nov 25, 2007 rated it liked it
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
...more
Jen
Jan 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands ...more

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