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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983)

by Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello (Editor)

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Bukowski’s stories are wonderful, shocking, crude and plain funny at times. They revolve around drinking, screwing, avoiding work, betting on horses, and cruelty.

The self-professed ugliest man in town tragically gets together with the most beautiful woman in town. A witch shrinks her husband to six inches to use him for one unique purpose. Two drunk bums steal a body from a hospital and discover it’s a beautiful young woman. Bukowski’s poetry shines through at times. The beautiful woman is like “fluid moving fire.”

The gritty stories and writing have almost no limits or boundaries and seem to sum up Bukowski’s reasons for writing. “I did not like the world, but at cautious and easy times, you could almost understand it.” ( )
  Hagelstein | May 23, 2011 |
Bukowski writes about filth, disease, and dispair, but inside his stories are incredible moments of poetry that you'll read over and over. He obviously disliked women, but he also writes beautiful prose about them. Complicated work. ( )
  terena | Aug 23, 2006 |
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These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and France where he is published by the great publishing houses), he is critically recognized as one of America's greatest living realist writers.

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany in 1920 and brought to America at the age of two. Eighteen or twenty books of prose and poetry, Bukowski, after publishing prose in Story and Portfolio, stopped writing for ten years. He arrived in the charity ward of the Los Angeles County General Hospital, hemorrhaging as a climax to a ten year drinking bout. Some say he didn't die. After leaving the hospital he got a typewriter and began writing again—this time, poetry. He later returned to prose and gained some fame with his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man. After 14 years in the Post Office he resigned at age 50, he says, to keep from going insane. He now claims to be unemployable and eats typewriter ribbons.

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This collection of short stories propels the reader into the lowlife of America's underworld, full of drunks, bums and gamblers, where sex and violence are everywhere and the most beautiful woman in town drinks and fights.

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