Ham on Rye
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 27th 2007
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, 20th Century
, Coming Of Age
This was not an enjoyable read. Sometimes "good" books aren't, but at least they make you think or inspire you or something along those lines. That wasn't the case here either. It was the really depressing story of a young boy growing up in a unloving, violent and dysfunctional family. To become?...
A tender and heartwarming coming of age tale about a German immigrant family coming to America and the humorous tales of growing up in a loving and hard-working family. Hahaha! Yeah…no. Not even close. I really did like this one, even though it fizzled out a little toward the end for me. A manly-ma...
This was a reread for me, so I knew what I was getting myself into. Nevertheless, Bukowski never bores, no matter how many times I read his stories. Ham on Rye is a quintessential tale of an angry young man. What sets this one apart is the fact that he has a plenty to be angry about. Bukowski's writ...
Reading Ham on Rye is like sidling up to an old man in a bar and listening to him tell interesting anecdotes of his youth while you buy him beer after beer. As the pages turn, the fascinating world of the protagonist takes hold. I enjoyed everything about this book and found it interesting to hear s...
I've only read tiny fragments of Bukowski in the past, which I thought were good, but not great. This is my first full book, by him and it is a brilliant autobiographical novel. It covers the author's childhood until in his early twenties Pearl Harbor happens. The book shows the brutalization and...