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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.


Ham On Rye
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June 27th, 2014
Forget catcher in the rye. This coming of age story oozes sincerity in its crude yet beautiful delivery.
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January 23rd, 2014
I real detailed take on the extremes of life. The experiences of Henry portrayed in this book are raw, graphic and harrowing. Certainly worth a read if you can deal with the emotional turmoil!
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October 4th, 2013
I love Bukowski's writing. For a book without a typical plot, it's a great read. It's more about the way he describes a situation and people's emotions from what is going on. Great author and to me, his top book!
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