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Hank and his wife, Sarah, agree to write a screenplay, and encounter the strange world of the movie industry
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Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.Review:
The movie-making machinations of the title town are exposed in this thinly veiled roman a clef about a hard-drinking poet-novelist tamed screenwriter. Presumably based on his experiences writing the movie, "Barfly," Bukowski lays open the absurdity and egotism of the film industry from the worm's-eye view of a screenwriter. Harry Chinanski has been asked by Jon Pinchot, a French director, to write a screenplay. Pinchot doesn't seem to care what the story is about. Neither does Chinanski; he's more concerned about where his next drink is coming from, and when. Sarah, his wife, is amenable to all this, matching her husband drink for drink and concerned only about getting home in time to feed their five cats. The couple takes a precarious journey through the land of corrupt backers and bizarre creative types where the writer "was where he belonged, in some dark corner, watching." This novel is funny, and it moves quickly. When Chinanski isn't being updated on the movie's progress, he's playing the ponies. Alcohol and its accoutrements have as large a part as any of the characters. Nestled between the progress reports are anecdotes from Chinanski's past which are now enacted in "The Dance of Jim Beam," in part by an actress who insists he write a scene that will showcase her legs. If nothing else, the experience spawned a novel. -- From Independent Publisher
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Book Description Black Sparrow Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Cream hardcover with illustration of the Hollywood sign and a martini glass. Mildly dirty. Minor edge wear. Ex-Library book with usual stickers, stamp on title page has been marked out in black. Tight binding. Clean pages. Seller Inventory # 233
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, 1989. Hard cover. 239 p. Audience: General/trade. Good in good dust jacket. Lightning bolt stamped on front pastedown and front endpaper, else unmarked. Acetate jacket has shelf wear, original price sticker on rear. Rear board is rubbed. Seller Inventory # Alibris.0006505
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, 1989. Softcover. Condition: Collectible: Very Good. Uncorrected Proof. Advance Uncorrected Proof. In Very Good to Near Fine condition. Faint rubbing to wraps, faint sunning to spine. Light edge wear to wraps and pages. Rare. Seller Inventory # 150205023
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa, CA, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+ condition. 1st Edition. 239 pages of text. Hardcover binding with minor rubbing to the extremities, a tiny shelfbump to the lower edge of the rear board, and minimal browning along the top edge. Protected in a clear acetate jacket which is slightly rubbed. Limited edition: number 144 of 500 copies signed by the author. Title page printed in four colors. A tiny spot of staining on the front endpaper. The text is clean and unmarked. First edition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 018380
Book Description Black Sparrow Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0876857659
Book Description Black Sparrow Pr, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket. Signed. First Edition. Deluxe Signed / Limited Edition. - Limited to only 500 Copies, this being # 415. - Signed by Charles Bukowski on colophon page at rear. Bound in 1/4 purple cloth with lettered and illustrated paper boards. Includes the clear acetate dust jacket as issued. only slightest touch of edge wear to covers. Otherwise, Very clean, tight, square and unmarked. A Fine Copy in a Fine Jacket. Seller Inventory # mon0001398062
Book Description U.S.A.: Black Sparrow Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition, Limited Edition. Fine copy in hardcover with fine acetate dust jacket. Signed with a small drawing on the limitation page. Limited to 500 pages. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 024932
Book Description Black Sparrow Press, Santa Rosa, CA, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. John Register (cover painting); Charles Bukowski, signed print (illustrator). In very good condition; light to moderate foxing to boards and outside edges of book; interior pages clean and bright, binding sound; acetate wrapper moderately scuffed with crinkling to wrapper spine and diagonal crease to inside flap corner. SIGNED by author on printing information page, and numbered "70/150" as part of an edition of 176 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each with an original signed print by Charles Bukowski. Signed print by author opposite publication data page. Printed in April 1989 in Santa Barbara and Ann Arbor by Graham Mackintosh and Edward Brothers Inc. 239 numbered pages. Decorated boards with patterned plum cloth spine and paper title block on spine. 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. Note: images of front cover with and without acetate wrapper. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002739