Charles Bukowski

Ham On Rye

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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, 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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    Gummershared an impression2 years ago
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    Måske den bedste “selvbiografi” der er skrevet.

Quotes

    Lasse Nielsenhas quoted4 years ago
    Any boy who brought an umbrella to school or wore a raincoat was singled out. Most of our parents were too poor to buy us such things. And when they did, we hid them in the bushes. Anybody seen carrying an umbrella or wearing a raincoat was considered a sissy. They were beaten after school. David’s mother had him carry an umbrella whenever it was the least bit cloudy.
    fsagdihas quoted8 days ago
    It's too bad dogs can't go to heaven," said Frank.

    "Why can't they?"

    "You gotta be baptized to go to heaven."

    "We ought to baptize him."

    "Think we should?"

    "He deserves a chance to go to heaven."

    I picked him up and we walked into the church. We took him to the bowl of holy water and I held him there as Frank sprinkled the water on his forehead.

    "I hereby baptize you," said Frank.

    We took him outside and put him back on the sidewalk again.

    "He even looks different," I said
    rexdrblhas quoted2 months ago
    I still had the feeling of being surrounded by white empty space.

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