Ham on Rye
A NovelBook - 2002
A down-and-out writer recalls his childhood, schooling, and the years leading up to World War II
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.
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Brutally stark and honest (biography, or fiction?) story of young Harry Chinaski as he grows up through the school system and rebelling against his father, authority, and life in general, and his drinking and fights.
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