The Buk Book: Musings on Charles Bukowski

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This book offers a unique look at a phenomenon: Charles Bukowski--BUK--the battered and scarred postal clerk, odd jobs man, and lowly factotum, who became the best-known "underground" writer in the English language and whom Jean Genet described as "the best poet in America." His work--raw, crude, heartbreaking, and hilarious--has inspired imitators, emulators, sycophants, and detractors. Until now, everything written about the man has suffered accordingly. In The BUK Book Jim Christy cuts through all the crap, and writes engagingly about the man, the myth, and his work. The book features sixteen full-page photographs, all shot by Claude Powell, Bukowski's confidante and drinking buddy.

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Jim Christy is the author of "The Long Slow Death of Jack Kerouac." Claude Powell is a photographer who was also a friend of Charles Bukowski.

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“Vancouver's eclectic but always engaging Jim Christy serves up a raw, no-blinkers tribute. . . . The book's back cover bumph is, for once, spot-on: Christy cuts through all the crap.” —Toronto Star


“A comic, sad, absorbing story that throws a fresh, clear light on the hard-living, crater-faced writer who became a role-model for the bad behaviour of a generation. No overgloss here: this is a warts-and-all story, simply and compellingly told.” —Vancouver Sun

“A brisk and spirited toast to the 'dirty old man' of American letters.” —Vancouver magazine

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