“It began as a mistake.” By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers.
This classic 1971 novel–the one that catapulted its author to national fame–is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.
Review by Page
One of my all time faves again. It really feels like Bukowski has a firm grasp on life and the lessons within. I understand a lot of women not enjoying his writing because of his own view on women but I know a lot of women with an equally bias view of men, that doesn’t mean I don’t value what they have to say. I may have to pick and carefully select the pearls of wisdom from his writing but they are so profound sometimes that it’s well worth the read. I think he has a very real and authentic view on the world and writing, his writing often depicts women in their varying forms and who are we to say these forms don’t exist or that there is no merit in his bringing his own views on women to light. In any case, I admire Bukowski’s writing and still enjoy his books. It would be a sad world if we just read what we felt comfortable with. Again, this is just my own personal reflection on a man’s work.
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