post office by Charles Bukowski
A Novel

69%

14 Critic Reviews

Post Office doesn’t have a lot of real feeling, but you get the sense here that this was Bukowski speaking through Chinaski again.
-AV Club

Synopsis

"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.

 

About Charles Bukowski

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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 October 13, 2009 by Ecco. 162 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for post office
All: 14 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 4

AV Club

Above average
on Aug 16 2011

Post Office doesn’t have a lot of real feeling, but you get the sense here that this was Bukowski speaking through Chinaski again.

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Suite 101

Good
on Apr 30 2011

Chinaski is a character that readers easily sympathise with, and that gives Post Office its global appeal.

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Suite 101

Excellent
on May 15 2009

To have this sort of a reference point in regard to purity and its clash with humanity is a gift that everyone should be grateful for.

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Book Drum

Good
Reviewed by Book Drum on Jan 01 2012

Post Office was the first of Bukowskis novels, written freshly after he was hired by Black Sparrow press on a contract...the freshness can be seen in the detail of the encounters, even though he reputedly consumed 20 bottles of whisky in its creation

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The Novel World

Good
Reviewed by The Novel World on Aug 01 2008

Teens will read this book because of its portrayal of real life as something ugly and hard, since the narrator is constantly misunderstood by those in authority around him.

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Literary Musings

Below average
Reviewed by Brenna on Oct 23 2012

Post Office is about a drifter, an alcoholic who doesn't aspire to be anything more than he already is. It's dry, it's crude and it's rough; it's filled with profanities, violence, and sex.

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Write-Aholic

Excellent
Reviewed by Arnold Snyder on Jan 01 2012

The day I quit...I wanted to tell [Bukowski] just a bit of my story and what an inspiration to me he’d been through the years...Post Office ends with Bukowski going on a bender after having quit his job...Tell me that’s not poetry.

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Bold Monkey

Good
Reviewed by Bold Monkey on Oct 27 2011

Overall, this is a funny, highly entertaining novel. Post Office is a great model for those thinking of writing about their job from a working class perspective.

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Mindful Pleasures

Good
Reviewed by Brian Oard on Apr 07 2011

I'm not a member of the Cult of Hank, nor has Bukowski ever been an important writer to me, but even I found his 1971 novel Post Office to be a fast, funny and thoroughly enjoyable read.

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Christa Lawler

Above average
Reviewed by Christa Lawler on Jul 16 2010

I love Bukowski’s work, probably an unpopular opinion among women, and by publicly admitting it, I’ll probably never be able to march in a NOW parade.

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Nevada Road Kill

Above average
Reviewed by Chris Leek on Feb 17 2013

I really can’t make up my mind about Bukowski; for me he falls somewhere between working class anti-hero and self centered arrogant.

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Thomas Baugh Media

Below average
Reviewed by Thomas Baugh on Jan 24 2013

You’ll definitely enjoy it if you’re a pseudo-intellectual chauvinist. You’ll definitely hate it if you’re easily offended.

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Reading to Live

Above average
Reviewed by NIETZSCHESDOWNFALL on Jul 31 2012

The debauchery and gratuitous sex kind of leave a film on you that’s hard to wash off, but it’s a good read, for sure.

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Novel Footsteps

Above average
Reviewed by Sambo on Dec 09 2011

It is certainly, at times, liberating, funny and intelligent. However, I felt that behind some of the more populist turns of the pen was a bona fide genius who had seen and could tell, if only he could find it within himself to do so.

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