Tag: Ernest Hemingway

Charles Bukowski – The People Look Like Flowers At Last | Review

Title: The People Look Like Flowers At Last

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 306

Rating: 5*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - The People Look Like Flowers At Last

Charles Bukowski – The People Look Like Flowers At Last

 

This collection of poetry is said to be the final posthumous publication of Charles Bukowski’s work, compiled with the help of some manuscripts that he left behind for the express purpose of it being released after he kicked the bucket. And boy, what a collection it is.

The interesting thing here is that the work is even more introspective than you might be used to from Bukowski, and while he looks back at his youth with the experience of age, he also covers some of the perils of old age, including a piece about how much it sucks to be on antibiotics and unable to drink or smoke when you’ve been drinking and smoking for fifty years straight and it’s made its way into your unique style of literature.

Speaking of literature, Bukowski also takes a look at the literary world, ruminating on the death of Ernest Hemingway or poking fun at the author bios that you see inside anthologies and literary magazines. Somehow, the great poet was able to remain firmly anti-establishment even after being accepted by it, and these poems offer a fascinating insight into that unusual contradiction.

Bukowski has so many poetry books on the market that it’s difficult to recommend any one book over another. That said, this was one of my favourite collections, and this is definitely a must-have for any serious Bukowski fan. The man had a way with words that no other writer has been able to duplicate, although many have tried. It’s a refreshing taste of a different type of literature, made all the more poignant because it wasn’t released until after his death. I’d definitely recommend reading it.

 

Charles Bukowski - Read him instead...

Charles Bukowski – Read him instead…

 

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Rosy Thornton – Sandlands | Review

Title: Sandlands

Author: Rosy Thornton

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 266

Rating: 8/10

 

Rosy Thornton - Sandlands

Rosy Thornton – Sandlands

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This was an interesting book to read and review, because it’s a contemporary collection of short stories that reads like a modern classic. The stories here cover all sorts of subjects, from the trivial to the sublime, and they’re all subtly linked together by the landscape.

It’s interesting, because the stories themselves are almost like parables or mini metaphors, and I think it’d take me a couple of re-reads to get the most out of the book. That said, even on the first read, you get a great idea of the way that the different stories are interlinked, and you start to notice certain elements, like the pub called The Ship, that are repeated throughout the book.

In many ways, it reminds me of Tales of Blood and Sulphur, a collection of horror shorts by J. G. Clay, a friend of mine and a fellow writer. His work is the same, in that the central stories are all interlinked; that said, they’re written in very different styles, and that would be like comparing Stephen King to Ernest Hemingway.

Thornton is the Hemingway, and there’s something about her style that really does remind me of the old man’s writing. It’s good to see that new writers are still putting work out there like this, which has a lot of fun with language whilst simultaneously making the reader think about what they’re actually reading.

 

Rosy Thornton

Rosy Thornton

 

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