Read them all have to say Women is the most fascinating. But to each his own any one is a great read
Well, the novels are certainly the most accessible (in general), but don't shun the poem or the short story. If you're just not into the poem thing, then try the short story. My favorite is South of No North, but they are all good.My Gawd.I loved Ham on Rye.
I started with "Septuagenarian Stew" and "Roominghouse Madrigals" and worked back. "Burning in Water" and "Pleasures of the Damned" are both good choices. (As I don't have all my CB books in one place I can't check how many poems in the latter have been "Martinized", which makes me a little uneasy. And I read to read not to sit with two books comparing texts - not if I'm reading casually or for pleasure...)It's short stories and poems, of course, but I began two years ago with Septuagenarian Stew (picked it up off a shelf at Borders at random) and ended up working my way backward (unknowingly). I wouldn't recommend it, but it was interesting getting to know Buk from his old age to his youth...
[...] We should gather all those threads [...]
not exactly sure if that's (been) such a good idea.[...] [merged]
I have an even better idea: one thread with one post that links to this.Better idea: have ONE thread with ONE post that collects the links to all those different threads about the subject.