Discussion in 'All things Bukowski' started by christopher, Jul 20, 2011.
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Ham on Rye
Currently reading Factotum
I've saved Factotum for last because I saw the movie about a year ago and was disappointed with it. So far the book is much better. Matt Dillon is no Henry Chinaski. He's not even Chinaski backwards.
I also read:
Love is a Dog From Hell (my favorite Buk read)
Ordinary Tales of Madness
Bring Me Your Love
There's No Business
Notes of a Dirty Old Man
The Continual Condition
Still haven't read Factotum left.
Kind of makes me sad that once I read it, I'll have no other Buk novels left to read. Except for them all, which I plan to re-read over and over.
Yes, it is a bit like the day after xmas, but there are no more xmasses to come.... Have you read the short stories? Poems?
I read Women first followed by Factotum, Post Office, and I am about to start Hollywood. I wish I had started with Factotum and worked my way up to Women. I think I would have enjoyed his success more if I had read about his suffering first.
Let me try to reach through the fog of chemical damage and remember here...
1.Browsed "Run with the Hunted". Good start.
3.Post Office- drank one of my first beers as a teenager reading this, and laughed my ass off all the way through.
4.Ham on Rye
6.Notes of a Dirty Old Man-- I used Buk's story about attempting suicide with the gas oven for an acting class monologue. Went over pretty well.
7.Sifting through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way.
9 Screams from the Balcony
10.War all the time.
11.More Notes of a Dirty old Man.
Love Is A Dog From Hell.
After that, I went right out and bought:
Burning In Water...
You Get So Alone...
South Of No North.
...not sure the order of the rest.
Ham On Rye
(haven't read Pulp yet)
A colleague brought Ham on Rye to work because he thought it would interest me. As soon as his grandmother told Hank and his parents she would "bury them all!" I knew I was going to buy the book. After that the list is as follows:
1. Post Office
3. Pulp (by far the weakest of the lot)
Ham on Rye
Next is Factotum. And then Pulp.
Initially I read them in order of publication and then on the second go round I read them at random. This time, I will read them sequentially: Ham On Rye, Factotum, Post Office, Women and Hollywood. I know Chinaski appears in some of Bukowski's short stories but not sure if they are part of the canon of the novels. Any thoughts on this?
Ham on Rye
Factotum (in progress)
I can definitely see the progress from earlier works to Ham on Rye -- looks like he wanted to spell out all the stuff he had implied about Chinaski's past and his nature in one book.
Waiting on copies of Pulp and Hollywood to arrive, so not sure. Probably do the latter next and end on his final book.
Sitting on a copy of his first book of poetry, but that will take a bit more determination; I'm not as big a fan of poetry.
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