28 August 2012

Book a Week #9

I'm quite surprised that I haven't mentioned Bukowski yet, he's definitely close to being my favourite writer ever and Ham on Rye was one of the first books of his I read.

If you haven't read anything by Bukowski, the majority of his novels are focused on his alter-ego, Henry Chinaski. In Ham on Rye Chinanski is in his high school years plagued by horrendous acne, rejection and violence, into college and his first jobs, which he cannot (doesn't want to) keep. We're there when he first begins to  write. And drink. Again, if you don't know Bukowski, drinking plays a major part in his life, through out his entire life. 

Even though this wasn't his first novel, it's a great introduction to Bukowski. Writing through an alter-ego allows him to be a bit more honest than he maybe would have been if this was a full blown biography. Ham on Rye is funny and sad, and completely engrossing. Out of all the books that I've written about, if you choose to read one, read this one. (and then everything else Bukowski has written)

ps. I really hate the word novel.

Don't forget to let me know your favourite book, or if you know something I might enjoy, and. if you're struggeling to think of what you're going to read next, every book that has been recommended to me so far is on my Amazon Wish List, I'll be writing about some soon.


  1. Oh man! I just came upon your blog and I can tell I'm going to like reading it.

    Bukowski is a great writer. I enjoy him so much that I introduced my boyfriend to him a few years ago and he to enjoys his work tremendously.

    I will have to read Ham on Rye for sure. I would love to see it from his view point.

    - Amy

    1. I hope you do!!

      You should definitely give Ham on Rye a read, and let me know what you think



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