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post office: A Novel (original 1971; edition 2007)

by Charles Bukowski

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Title:post office: A Novel
Authors:Charles Bukowski
Info:Ecco (2007), Paperback, 208 pages
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Post Office by Charles Bukowski (1971)

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An easy read. ( )
  StanleyPhang | Jul 18, 2015 |
When Bukowski writes human existance becomes a big mistake! if there is love you might find it inbetween the lines! here a man works as a post office clerk, changing more the woman and the horses he bets on than his shirt. I would not read it again... ( )
  leforestiere | Mar 2, 2015 |
In Post Office we find a lovable loser, an always autobiographical Bukowski dressed up thinly as a fictional man. He rarely does anything amazing, or faces external challenges which would inspire a reader to think "aha, interesting premise!" But what makes Bukowski so entertaining to generations of readers is his continual ability to look at the world with an eternal outsider's eye, and the ability to slip in an amazingly astute observation when you least expect. There's so much you could dislike, or henpeck about his writing, but it's overwhelmed easily by the unexpected brilliance, and won over just as the people he runs into are: by his wonderful charm. I'm being honest, this is a three-star book. But it's the best three star book you'll ever read. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
In Post Office we find a lovable loser, an always autobiographical Bukowski dressed up thinly as a fictional man. He rarely does anything amazing, or faces external challenges which would inspire a reader to think "aha, interesting premise!" But what makes Bukowski so entertaining to generations of readers is his continual ability to look at the world with an eternal outsider's eye, and the ability to slip in an amazingly astute observation when you least expect. There's so much you could dislike, or henpeck about his writing, but it's overwhelmed easily by the unexpected brilliance, and won over just as the people he runs into are: by his wonderful charm. I'm being honest, this is a three-star book. But it's the best three star book you'll ever read. ( )
  wjmcomposer | Nov 5, 2014 |
A good summation of life and work. What you're willing to give up or put up with to earn a dollar. Even when you're self employed, you aren't really working for yourself but working to pay the mortgage company, the government etc. But working for yourself, you don't have to put up with some flunky supervisor accusing you of being inefficient or taking 10 minutes longer for your break than you were supposed to... Reading this book, needless to say, did not make me long for my days of working in offices. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Oct 11, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061177571, Paperback)

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel—the one that catapulted its author to national fame—is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.

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By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every morning to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable co-workers.… (more)

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