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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (June 5 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876850867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876850862
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 268 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #351,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An amazing, hilarious and unfalteringly entertaining account of a man trapped in a kind of Catch 23" Sunday Times "Takes you by the shoulders and shakes you until your teeth rattle" The Times "Cunningly, relentlessly jokey and sad" Observer "One of the funniest books ever written" Uncut "Amazing, hilarious and unfalteringly entertaining" Sunday Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Charles Bukowsk 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 three. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for fifty years. He published his first story in 1944 when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brennon A. Slattery on July 2 2004
Format: Paperback
"Post Office" is Bukowski's first book. He wrote it in three weeks. When his publisher asked how he'd written so fast, and what his motivations were, Bukowski answered simply: "Fear."
Judging from the text -- and the accounts of people featured in the book saying it's 100% truthful and authentic -- there must have been a lot of fear in Bukowski's life at the time. Constantly poor, with ever-evolving woman problems, Bukowski resorted to the bottle and tried to solve his problems with alcoholism. Of course we all know alcoholism creates more problems than it solves, but in Bukowski's eyes, it was the only refuge from a madcap insane world.
Buk's writing goes straight for the throat. His short, simple sentences are deceivingly perceptive and illuminative. You'll be shocked at points to feel your heart soften as Buk's poetic lines ease into your soul like a tired drunk flopping on a couch. He is that good.
Inspired by John Fante -- another good writer -- Bukowski decided to skip all the unnecessary garbage in other writer's writing and keep everything simple. In that way, "Post Office" is very Hemingway, but simpler, and anybody can pick this book up, read it in a day, and enjoy it immensely. It's almost like it's written for children.
Except, of course, for the adult themes. There's a rape scene in this book that is probably the only funny rape scene ever depicted in American literature. And rape isn't funny. Somehow, Bukowski disarms the reader with his simplicity and cynical sense of humor, and allows anything he says to be cute and interesting. It's almost impossible to be offended by Bukowski, and if you are, well, this just isn't the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Anderson on Jan. 7 2008
Format: Paperback
What a book! I've been a fan of Bukowski's poetry for a while bust just recently delved into his prose. Much like the man's verse, Post Office is gritty, brutal, cynical, jaded, and, most importantly, HONEST. Henry Chinaski (Bukowski's alter-ego) is a pretty unlikeable fellow on the whole. He is a drunk, he is a compulsive gambler, he is a womanizer and beater, though there is still a charm inherent within his ramblings. He shows positive emotion toward a few characters (Fey especially), and seems to take difficult occurances in stride.

A great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By manmeet on Sept. 28 2012
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I found Charles Bukowski (..I mean his books) in my university library in summer of 2008. I read the whole book the same night and for next few weeks I had a hangover. I read it again ad again. This is a master piece. The book stands in the same league as Dostoevsky's "Notes from Underground" or Robert De Niro's movie "Taxi Driver" (Which is loosely based on Dostoevsky's book). The book is not about US Postal Service, as some of the reviews felt. The book is about life, actually the low life, attitude to life, the capitalist life style in contemporary America and the fighting spirit "Bring It On!" of Bukowski. After I found Bukowski through this book I read all of Bukowski's books and I been a big fan of him since then. If you like reading feel good books or books like "how to win friends and impress people" etc then this book is not for you. The main character in the book doesn't care what anyone says about him. Life screws him and he is screwing the life back. As simple as that !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on July 9 2009
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Post Office by Charles Bukowski is a very short novel that should only be read by older readers because of the numerous references to women and sex. There isn't really a climax to the story because it revolves around work, but it has humour throughout, thus it will not bore the reader. I did not like that the women in the novel are seen as worthless things that are only there for Henry to sleep with and are not good for anything else.

Post Office is written through the eyes of Henry Chinaski, a middle aged man, whose life revolves around drinking and women. Henry's life at the U.S. Postal Service began as a mistake during Christmas season when the post office would hire anyone.

As a substitute mail carrier, Henry tells about his life at the post office and his carelessness of his work. There are his superiors with impossible demands, and Henry talking back to them and disappearing from work for days at a time. Every morning when he comes into work, he has a hangover. Henry hates work and his workplace is unorganized and irrational, yet he must earn to survive.

After getting bored of the post office numerous times, Henry quits, yet always makes it back there after going through different jobs and different women. Although Henry describes his life humorously, he seems like a terribly lonely man, which will seem more noticeable in the later parts of the novel. The story then continues in Charles Bukowski's other novel called Women.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Len TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 24 2009
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For all you alternative thinkers, those you believe that careers aren't everything, how you compare with the Jones's doesn't matter, whether the car you bought is really you or your house, your wife, or your clothes represent the person you want others to see in you. For all those who don't believe that meaning may not come from stuff, then this is a novel for you. Astounding, that's all I can say. It's about a guy who works on and off at the Post Office for most of his adult life until, in fact, he can stand no more. His work at the Post Office is very much a metaphor for all our lives, how we trade "life" for security, experiences for the condition of redundancy, doing the same thing day after day. That's not to say that we should all quit our jobs and head out on the road to who knows where. It does however underline the fact that every once in a while, we should reevaluate our existence and contemplate something different. I am reminded of the existentialist writing of Magnus Mills where the reader is captured by a familiar, yet altogether alternative universe.
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