The definitive collection of works on a subject that inspired and haunted Charles Bukowski for his entire life: alcohol.
Charles Bukowski turns to the bottle in this revelatory collection of poetry and prose that includes some of the writer’s best and most lasting work. A self-proclaimed “dirty old man”, Bukowski used alcohol as muse and as fuel, a conflicted relationship responsible for some of his darkest moments, as well as some of his most joyful and inspired.
In On Drinking, Bukowski expert Abel Debritto has collected the writer’s most profound, funny, and memorable work on his ups and downs with the hard stuff - a topic that allowed Bukowski to explore some of life’s most pressing questions. Through drink, Bukowski is able to be alone, to be with people, to be a poet, a lover, and a friend - though often at great cost. As Bukowski writes in a poem simply titled “Drinking”, “for me/it was or/is/a manner of/dying/with boots on/and gun/smoking and a/symphony music background.”
On Drinking is a powerful testament to the pleasures and miseries of a life in drink, and a window into the soul of one of our most beloved and enduring writers.
What members say
Don't read this sober
Bukowski is a drunkard's anomaly. Like all true drunks, alcohol took over his life early and eventually killed him. Unfortunately, he developed a following who were all eager to see how long it took for him to die. Any comparisons to Hemingway need a few shots before they can be even considered. This is what sober men frown upon as someone who wasted his talents in a slow self-destruction. Unlike dealing with the lotus eaters in the Oddesy where opium does not destroy the body alcohol turns Bukowski into a crestfallen mass of a man who writes till he can no longer hit a key.
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- Nazariy B. Telyuk
Nice collection bad narration
This narrator is wrong for this kind of reading. If you are a Bukowski fan, listen to all his audio books performed by Christian Bascous - his the best!!!