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Hollywood (original 1989; edition 1989)

by Charles Bukowski

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Title:Hollywood
Authors:Charles Bukowski
Info:Ecco (1989), Edición: 1st Ecco ed, Paperback, 248 páginas
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I do admire Bukowski's sparse writing style; not a word is wasted but, for me, this book fails to live up to its blurb. The reverse of the paperback edition promises, "There are many scandalous books about life in Hollywood, but none as poetic and dangerous as this..." I did not find a great deal of either scandal or dangerousness in this work.

The book is another of those stories which are basically true, but the author has fictionalised it so that a). he may exaggerate the drama for amusement, and b). he may tell tales detrimental to the characters without the risk of a law suit. Bukowski plays a game with homophones so that we may join in with 'guess the real identity' of his victims. This is amusing, for a while, but does become a trifle tedious. Being generous to our scribe, it may be that the 'wackiness' of Hollywood was greeted with incredulity in 1989, when this was written, but today, money spent rashly and grand binges of booze and (gasp, shock, horror) other substances barely causes an eyelash to flutter.

This has turned into an undeservingly unkind review: the book isn't bad, it's just that it isn't particularly good either. ( )
  the.ken.petersen | Sep 16, 2014 |
While not the most ambitious Hollywood novel, it's wise in its way and definitely entertaining. ( )
  Carl_Hayes | Mar 30, 2013 |
A gentler Bukowski. The making of Barfly. ( )
  leovanha | Jul 24, 2012 |
This novel was not deep literature with strong underlying themes. But it was a lot of fun. Bukowski takes the reader on a booze drenched cynical trip through the fictionalized experience of the making of the movie Bar Fly. It's a fun, easy summer read. Check out my plot summary to see if it looks like something you'll enjoy: Hollywood chapter summary & synopsis ( )
  ThePlotSpot | Jul 4, 2012 |
It certainly was interesting if nothing else. His writing does not suffer though his disinterest in the topic shows a little bit. For once, Bukowski seems tired, the energy must have went into the script and the poetry written during this period. Nevertheless for fans of the guy, this is a must read. ( )
  MColv9890 | May 13, 2011 |
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Hank and his wife, Sarah, agree to write a screenplay, and encounter the strange world of the movie industry.

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