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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One of my favorite authors
AMAZING. gives a real perspective of what’s like to love in the Great Depression while trying to be a normal kid.
Bukowski Tells His Childhood
Like J.D. Salinger's perverted brother, Bukowski tells the thinly-veiled story of his own childhood in LA during the Great Depression. Everything is different through the eyes of Charles Bukowski, yet everyone can relate to the primal feelings of uncertainty and anger in an unforgiving world. This is a must-read for anyone who has grown up in America and realized, when they look back on their life as a kid, the absurdity of it all.
Not what I expected but love it
I don't usually read books like this but someone recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it a lot. Not what I expected at all.