Ham on Rye

Ham on Rye

Book - 2002
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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, woman, 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.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2002, c1982.
Edition: 1st Ecco ed.
ISBN: 9780061177583
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 23 cm.


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thebigp2012 Apr 23, 2015

This guy gives me a literary woody. I think one of the greatest coming of age stories since 'This Boys Life' by Tobias Wolf. I can relate to certain aspects of his growing up and formative years. Makes my top ten in the novel category.

Dec 14, 2014

Another thought provoking novel by Bukowski. He was beaten by his father and shunned by most of his age group so I have to wonder how he became such a highly praised writer. He was a violent, drunken man who didn't like or have the time for humanity. As you read his work you can see bits of humour and flashes of social insight. This is certainly a change from the writing usually associated with this genre. I'll read another of his books I guess.

ericnorcross Oct 30, 2014

Bukowski tackles his childhood and his abusive father and passive mother in this telling of the events of his early life. Dedicated to all fathers, this book is a hard hitting review of the desperation that plagues American households. A must read for anyone starting a family and of course a must-own for any Bukowski fan.

Aug 04, 2014

One of the best novels ever written.


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PimaLib_WilliamB Jun 16, 2015

Brutally stark and honest (biography, or fiction?) story of young Harry Chinaski as he grows up through the school system and rebelling against his father, authority, and life in general, and his drinking and fights.


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