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Charles Bukowski – The Roominghouse Madrigals | Review

Title: The Roominghouse Madrigals

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 264

Rating: 3.5*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - The Roominghouse Madrigals

Charles Bukowski – The Roominghouse Madrigals

 

This collection brings together Bukowski’s earliest selected poems from 19461966, which is interesting in itself because according to his author bio, he didn’t even start writing poetry until 1955. You can tell that they’re his early poems, too. He’s still finding his voice as a writer, and it’s his voice which made his work so distinct. Because of that, while this is a reasonable enough collection of poetry, it’s nowhere near Bukowski’s best. I don’t think I’d recommend it unless you’re already familiar with his later work and you want to see how it all started out.

Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly some standout poems here that really stuck in my mind, and I had no problem finding enough that I enjoy to fill a YouTube video. But while you could feel that Bukowski was in there somewhere, you could also feel that he was trying to distill other people’s influences into what he was writing instead of going balls-to-the-wall and writing from his heart, instead of his head.

On the plus side, you do get plenty of his usual topics (women, races, alcohol), and you get to see them through a younger set of eyes. It’s interesting to see that he was just as obsessed with death in his younger years as he was when he reached his seventies, and that gives me some hope for myself. So I’m glad that I read this, I just wouldn’t recommend it to a newbie.

 

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

 

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Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End | Review

Title: Childhood’s End

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 214

Rating: 4*/5

 

Arthur C. Clarke - Childhood's End

Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End

 

This book comes with a certain reputation attached to it, because c’mon – it’s Arthur C. Clarke. He’s the father of contemporary science fiction – and according to the author bio in the back of the book, he basically invented satellite technology.

Still, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this, and I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, it does include some of the stereotypical cliches of the science fiction genre, but that’s partly because Clarke helped to invent them. And the plot is simply stunning, with a handful of surprising twists at the end that I wasn’t expecting.

Loosely speaking, the plot follows several generations of humanity after the arrival of the overlords, a mysterious alien race that seems to have humanity’s best interests at heart. The problem is, they refuse to show themselves, which makes the population of the world a little uncomfortable.

That’s because we humans tend to not take kindly to being told what to do, even if it’s in our own best interests. We also don’t like it when we have questions that someone refuses to answer. Clarke explores this and more, as well as what it means to be human.

 

Arthur C. Clarke

Arthur C. Clarke

 

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