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Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure--the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend--particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new editions, appearances of Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure--the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend--particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new editions, appearances of previously unpublished material, exhibitions, and other events. There is also the pleasure of rediscovering Charles Bukowski, cult author whose reputation continues to grow steadily all over the world. The full drama of his humor, of his angers, memories, frustrations, and distinctive grace come to life during Jean-Fran�ois Duval's long interview with Buk: An Evening at Buk's Place. The pleasure also consists of having a close look at the links and contradictions between Bukowski and the Beat constellation.


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Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure--the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend--particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new editions, appearances of Literary Nonfiction. Commentary. Interviews. Translated from the French by Alison Ardron. There are several reasons for this book. The principle one is pleasure--the pure joy of returning to Charles Bukowski and to the Beats, by dipping into their legend--particularly since the Beat movement is now enjoying a lively revival of attention through new editions, appearances of previously unpublished material, exhibitions, and other events. There is also the pleasure of rediscovering Charles Bukowski, cult author whose reputation continues to grow steadily all over the world. The full drama of his humor, of his angers, memories, frustrations, and distinctive grace come to life during Jean-Fran�ois Duval's long interview with Buk: An Evening at Buk's Place. The pleasure also consists of having a close look at the links and contradictions between Bukowski and the Beat constellation.

30 review for Bukowski and the Beats: A Commentary on the Beat Generation. Followed by "An Evening at Buk's Place"

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    The best part is the interview, but it's really great. The best part is the interview, but it's really great.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicolò Peroncini

    Siamo un po’ tutti figli della beat. E se stare al mondo e essere felice ti sembrano due buffi concetti in contrasto tra loro, probabilmente questo libro potrebbe servirti. O forse no. Forse dovresti concentrati sulla macrobiotica, o sulla meditazione, sulla metempsicosi, sull’ascolto del grunge o a percorre la strada, una qualsiasi. E poi, forse, il libro potrebbe servirti davvero. Non ne sono sicuro. È buffo. Tutto quanto lo è. Come un film sulla vita di Bukowski, girato da Woody Allen. Oh Man, Siamo un po’ tutti figli della beat. E se stare al mondo e essere felice ti sembrano due buffi concetti in contrasto tra loro, probabilmente questo libro potrebbe servirti. O forse no. Forse dovresti concentrati sulla macrobiotica, o sulla meditazione, sulla metempsicosi, sull’ascolto del grunge o a percorre la strada, una qualsiasi. E poi, forse, il libro potrebbe servirti davvero. Non ne sono sicuro. È buffo. Tutto quanto lo è. Come un film sulla vita di Bukowski, girato da Woody Allen. Oh Man, I’m so beat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Opalenik

    When I heard they wrote a whole book on the subject of Bukowski and the Beats, I thought there'd be more overlap. When I heard they wrote a whole book on the subject of Bukowski and the Beats, I thought there'd be more overlap.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott Holstad

    Not the best book on Bukowski, but with the inclusion of his association with the Beats (loosely), it makes for an interesting read. If you're a fan, you'll want it. Not the best book on Bukowski, but with the inclusion of his association with the Beats (loosely), it makes for an interesting read. If you're a fan, you'll want it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Stolte

    Eternally inspired by the non-meeting of Buk & WSB detailed in this collection, ending with one of Buk's ever entertaining interviews, this one including Linda. Eternally inspired by the non-meeting of Buk & WSB detailed in this collection, ending with one of Buk's ever entertaining interviews, this one including Linda.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Yılmaz Bek

    Bukowski'yi hakkında yazılanlardan değil de onu gerçekten araştıran birinden ve birazda kendi ağzından tanımak için okunması elzem bir kitap... Bukowski'yi hakkında yazılanlardan değil de onu gerçekten araştıran birinden ve birazda kendi ağzından tanımak için okunması elzem bir kitap...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tom Janssen

    I must say I haven't read the entire thing. It seemed to consist of loose ties that tried to tell the story of the beats and Bukowski as a narrative but failed due to lack of focus. I couldn't exactly figure out where the author wanted to go with it and what the goal of the book was, however, the interview at the end with Bukowski and his wife Linda was great, and the book is worth owning just for that reason. I must say I haven't read the entire thing. It seemed to consist of loose ties that tried to tell the story of the beats and Bukowski as a narrative but failed due to lack of focus. I couldn't exactly figure out where the author wanted to go with it and what the goal of the book was, however, the interview at the end with Bukowski and his wife Linda was great, and the book is worth owning just for that reason.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Renate

    A fine read for anyone interested in either of the two titular subjects. What made it worth four stars for me, though, was the transcribed interview with Bukowski and his wife, Linda, at the end - what a charming couple!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    Good, quick read for Hank fans.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Garcia

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gökhan A.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Darren-lee

  13. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Almeida

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin Gomez

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josefk

  16. 4 out of 5

    Can

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra Iwanowska

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ahmet Çizmeci

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

  22. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michaelpaulhermann

  24. 5 out of 5

    öğünç

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cornelia

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peter Pivák

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruben Alavardo

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Westbrook

  30. 5 out of 5

    Pete

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