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Old 07-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Charles Bukowski

Any recommendations on authors to look into for a Bukowski fan?
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:18 PM   #2
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Never heard of him, I'm afraid! What sort of books does he write?
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:38 PM   #3
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Maybe Bertha Cool and Donald Lam series by A. A. Fair.

Some similiar authors IMO in this list
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:37 PM   #4
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Never heard of him, I'm afraid! What sort of books does he write?
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born Heinrich Karl Bukowski; August 16, 1920 – March 9, 1994) was an 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 of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books. In 1986 Time called Bukowski a "laureate of American lowlife". Regarding Bukowski's enduring popular appeal, Adam Kirsch of The New Yorker wrote, "the secret of Bukowski’s appeal. . . [is that] he combines the confessional poet’s promise of intimacy with the larger-than-life aplomb of a pulp-fiction hero."
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:43 PM   #5
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Love Bukowski.... Read most of his books and his Poetry... Tom Waits is a huge fan of his as well. I would highly recommend Post Office for anyone who has ever had a dead end job. He worked night shift at the Post office for a decade... great yarn in my opinion...and He is definitely NOT politically correct. His poetry is in a prose format for the most part Like Margret Atwood's early poetry.... Ham on Rye is another that I like. Definitely a Pulp writer and he was a Hard core Alki to boot...
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:45 PM   #6
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Europe actually is where he made it big first not in the US...Though he was born in Germany, He grew up in LA...and was a self-proclaimed Alki from his teenage years till his death. The film Bar Fly is loosely based on his life and Me thinks he wrote the screen play for that film...
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:52 AM   #7
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I Love and Hate his poetry, have never read any of his prose.

I'm not sure I know any others like him.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:56 AM   #8
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Any recommendations on authors to look into for a Bukowski fan?
I tried plugging his name into the literature-map tool. Have a look at the results: http://www.literature-map.com/charles+bukowski.html
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:51 AM   #9
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Dennis E Bolen, a writer from around my neck of the woods and a guy I know has been compared to Bukowski... though, like anyone who is compared to great like Bukowski the comparison could sour the read because the master is almost always that.

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Old 07-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #10
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I've only read Bukowski's "Hot Water Music", but based on that I would suggest Richard Braughtigan, and the story collection "Knockemstiff" by Donald Ray Pollock (think of it as Bukowski set in rural Ohio).
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cheers for the list of other writers. It has been a while since I read anything in the same zone as Charles....
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #12
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I tried plugging his name into the literature-map tool. Have a look at the results: http://www.literature-map.com/charles+bukowski.html
Cheers for the LItmap...
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Old 08-04-2012, 07:57 PM   #13
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I'm sold. I put one of his titles on next year's reading list.
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I'm sold. I put one of his titles on next year's reading list.
Start with POST OFFICE... methinks you will not regret it...

And remember he aint no feminist.....
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