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Recommended by

Ann Dexter Jones Socialite

on November 23rd 2006
  • Info

  • Address

  • Available at St. Mark's Bookshop
    31 3rd Avenue
    at 9th Street
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10003
  • Contact

  • 212 260 7853
  • Website

  • stmarksbookshop.com
  • Cost

  • $15 Post Office
    $16 Factotum
    $16 Ham on Rye
  • Opening Hours

  • Mon-Sat 10am-12am
    Sun 11am-12am
  • Additional Info

  • Henry Charles Bukowski born 1920, died 1994

    Post Office 1971
    Factotum 1975
    Ham on Rye 1982

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Ann Dexter Jones Says

Post Office, Ham on Rye and Factotum. These are three books I have recently read by Charles Bukowski. My son, Alexander, is an avid reader and suggested them to me and I loved each one. The author is one of America's best-known writers. While I admit that I had never heard of him growing up in England, I am grateful to know of him now. A boy born to poor, ignorant parents during the Depression, he felt ugly, stupid and was frequently told by his father that life had no future for him. Miraculously, despite his horrendous parenting and lack of education, Bukowski's first short story was published when he was 24, but then he gave up writing for nearly twenty years while he worked for the United States Postal Service in Los Angeles. Factotum is brilliantly written and the tempo moves quickly. It's very funny, sometimes dark, but always incredibly real and focused. I enjoyed the insight it gave me into the minds of people struggling to cope with the Depression in America. Each book takes place in a very small geographic radius with larger-than-life writing.


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