- Tapa blanda: 320 páginas
- Editor: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press (2 de mayo de 2000)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0802136974
- ISBN-13: 978-0802136978
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº548.278 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 2 may 2000
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An illustrated biography of the cult writer who transformed his alcohol-soaked life into such novels as "Post Office" and "Women", and whose life was portrayed in the film "Barfly". It follows his sometimes tragic exploits along the rocky road from obscurity to underground sensation.
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Also, Bukowski alcohol, sex, drug life makes him the kind of character that projects to the reader (as with Montgomery Clift and other trouble artists), how much longer can he last--or better yet how much more can I bear to read of this personal destruction.
If I were looking for serious information about the author, this is a reference that I would not consider substantially academic as to be helpful.
Eventually I broke down and bought this book, simply because the countless stories of his life were really becoming too much, and I wanted to know a little more about the man. If at all possible, from an independent observer who was not a Bukowski crony. I think this book accomplishes the task of being a reasonably detached look at the life of a complicated individual, with a few complaints.
First, the author obviously fell in love with Bukowski during this book (or perhaps before he even wrote it), and it shows constantly. There are admitted mistakes in his life, but the real warts are brushed over rather quickly.
Second, the book felt rushed. I think the book would have been much better if the author took his time and wrote a comprehensive 500-700 page book, which he obviously could have done. There are more than enough things to write about. Whole accounts of his womanizing and his time with the LA Free Press are just glanced over. I think it cheated the reader
Lastly, the author quickly passes over the interpersonal relationships Bukowski formed and spoke almost exclusively of events. Events don't tell us the whole story, and what he did write about the relationships was shallow at best. Linda King was the only one who had any depth added. The lack of interpersonal discussions really failed to bring out the third dimension in this book, and it fell a little flat.
The good thing for the author is that he writes well, and thankfully, Charles Bukowski is an interesting subject. I find it hard to believe anyone could really make his life boring. So the book is worth reading, especially if you are like me and don't know much about the man, but if you do I think the reader might find this a bit overly simplistic.
If I could have I would have rated this a 3.5 star book. Because I like Bukowski's work, I will round up. I am huge fan of biographies and this just isn't one of the better ones.