Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
A Novel

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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.


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Charles Bukowski is one of America's best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose, and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and raised in Los Angeles, where he lived for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944, when he was twenty-four, and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.
Published January 1, 2001 by Black Sparrow Press. 283 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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No signs of pretension or glorification or hero-worshiping or myth-making, besides the Portrait of an Artist as a Drop-Out Alcoholic, mind you, but that is besides the point: The character of Henry Chinaski, deeply flawed and abused by his father and by the awful kids at school, grows up to be a...

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In this moving story of growing up Bukowski disciplines his muscular, concentrated writing and creates a novel that distils his poetry into the finest full-length piece of prose that he ever wrote.

Jul 12 2001 | Read Full Review of Ham on Rye: A Novel

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