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Charles Bukowski – On Love | Review

Title: On Love

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Poetry

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 4*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - On Love

Charles Bukowski – On Love

 

This book does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a collection of different poems by Charles Bukowski that focus on the topic of love. What’s interesting is that there are different types of love represented here, from the love he had for women to his love of the horses, his cats and his typewriter. But mostly, the poems here follow his musings on love and the phenomenon that it causes inside a person. After all, just because Bukowski was a cynic, it doesn’t stop him from having the same feelings as the rest of us.

That, by its very nature, makes this one of his more approachable books. It doesn’t push the reader away – it invites them in, which makes it the perfect introduction to his work for people who’ve never read him before. The presentation of it is fantastic as well, and it even includes a few of his doodles. Some people have said that this is just an attempt to make money from his memory, but I think it’s a beautiful little book and a great addition to my collection. I’m glad I own it. Buy it – you will be, too.

 

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

 

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Charles Bukowski – On Writing | Review

Title: On Writing

Author: Charles Bukowski

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 216

Rating: 5*/5

 

Charles Bukowski - On Writing

Charles Bukowski – On Writing

 

First thing’s first – before you start wondering about the title, because it’s the same as a Stephen King book, let me clarify. This book was published after King’s book, and way after Bukowski’s death, but the title is forgiveable because it’s part of a series that also includes On Cats and On Love. I think it’s fine – after all, it’s a pretty descriptive title.

In this book, then, we get to see a collection of Bukowski’s thoughts on both the process of writing and his career as a whole, thanks to fragments of letters, unpublished excerpts and other bits and bobs. Even a non-fan would find this interesting, and even a non-author would enjoy the little nuggets that Bukowski has to offer. But if you’re a big fan of his, like I am, then you’re going to love it.

Ultimately, it’s difficult to get a collection of letters to have a narrative of its own right, but the editors have done well here and I think even the man himself would have begrudgingly admitted that this collection has a certain literary merit – and a certain charm – of its own. Worth reading for anyone – but especially for writers.

 

Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski

 

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