Henry Chinaski, l'abituale alter ego di gran parte dei romanzi di Bukowski, qui è ancora un ragazzo, figlio di immigrati tedeschi, alla scoperta della "sua" America attraverso le periferie urbane. La scuola, i piccoli furti, i giochi di strada, le risse, il baseball, le ragazze, l'iniziazione al sesso. È un apprendistato ruvido, duro, ma spesso anche divertente. Henry Chinaski lo percorre come tutti gli altri, ma in modo un po' speciale, poiché per il ragazzo Henry, così come per il Chinaski adulto, la vita è un attrito continuo con la realtà. E non è un caso se verso la fine del romanzo comincerà a frequentare deliberatamente i bassifondi: quasi una prova generale di quel futuro che lo aspetta.
- ISBN: 8860880033
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 162
So what is a middle-class old woman who seldom drinks and never fights doing reading this book? Enjoying the hell out of it.
I was sixteen, tan, blonde and good looking, catching waves on my yellow surfboard along with all the other surfers, handsome guys and beautiful gals, each and every day that summer. Little did I know this mini-heaven would quickly end and hell would begin in September. Why? My smooth-skinned tan fa Leggi tutto
There is this eminent poem by Philip Larkin : “They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn by fools in old-style hats and coats, who half the time were soppy-stern Leggi tutto
Up until recently, all I knew about Charles Bukowski was what I learned in one of my all time favorite films, ‘Barfly,’ staring the incomparable Mickey Rourke as our antihero Henry Chinaski. If you haven’t seen it, you should remedy that immediately: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrpTDa... This is a Leggi tutto
Δυο βράδια κράτησε αυτό το ταξίδι και είχα την πεποίθηση πως συζητώ αλλά περισσότερο ακούω με απόλυτο σεβασμό για τη ζωή ενός μοναχικού μου φίλου. Τρομερή αμεσότητα και φοβερό ταλέντο προσήλωσης προς τον αποδέκτη των λόγων του. Ακόμη κι αν δεν έχεις σκεφτεί ποτε τη δική του εκδοχή, την απαράλλαχτη γ Leggi tutto
Update: $1.99 Kindle special today --- Its not for everyone -- but I thought it was fantastic! -- I own it -- and couldn't pull away from it the first time I read it. I'd suggest reading high and low reviews. Then trust your gut! Its 'based' on a true story --but written as a novel. "I had begun to
It is true that Ham on Rye lacks a serious plot. It is also true that Mr. Bukowski writes in a crude, whiskey soaked style. However, the novel makes up for its deficiencies with a well-honed theme on the bullshit realities of middle-class existence and the ugly truth of how our society deals with th Leggi tutto
The ultimate non-conformist Wow. This is really something else. I was somewhat prepared for this after seeing the film "Barfly" which was based on Bukowski's alcoholic, pessimistic lifestyle - screenplay written by Charles Bukowski himself. But wow. Bukowski, with Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rourke on the Leggi tutto
Ham on Rye is flanked by sauces of happenstance and its delectability depends on the preferences of one’s reading tongue. Mine, for one, could not bear its sour, unsavoury ingredients. In this bildungsroman, which is semi-autobiographical too, the protagonist, Henry Chinaski loads his bag of dilemma Leggi tutto
"The first thing I remember is being under something." So begins this chronicle of the dirty old man's humble beginnings, his formative years, and the myriad oppressions he endured throughout his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. In the most literal sense, this opening line represents bab Leggi tutto
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