Bukowski’s Ham On Rye is a semi-autobiographical novel that provides a revealing glimpse into Bukowski’s childhood through adolescence in Los Angeles, where he was raised. We are given a picture of a troubled outsider who felt alienated from society; who had to deal with an abusive father and severe acne, only exacerbating his alienation. Bukowski clearly lived through a tumultuous childhood, but one can not help but to recognize that this pain and suffering must have led to his development of a truly original and distinct literary voice.

Ham On Rye is compulsively readable compulsory reading. I’d go as far as saying it’s Bukowski’s best novel.

Charles Bukowski
Charles Bukowski

Rob Cotton

Book of the Week – 20 November 2014 – Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski

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