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Charles Bukowski : Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life

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Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is the classic biography of Charles Bukowski, the hard-drinking barfly whose semi-autobiographical books about low-life America made him a cult figure across the globe. Extensive original research and unique contributions from friends, family and associates - including Mickey Rourke, Robert Crumb, Sean Penn, Norman Mailer and Allen Ginsberg - as well as personal photographs and drawings by Buk himself make this a must for Bukowski devotees and new readers alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 246g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • Two 16pp B&W inset
  • 9781847675606
  • 134,762

Review Text

Wonderful - this is the first serious and thorough Bukowski biography. An excellent book about a remarkable man. Time Out
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Wonderful - this is the first serious and thorough Bukowski biography. An excellent book about a remarkable man. * * Time Out * * With no shortage of anecdotes, pictures or big names, this biography is so thorough and sharp that it may well be the last. * * Arena * * This biography is an affectionate and thorough introduction that will not be rivaled for some time. Its effect is to revitalize rather than reduce Bukowski's work. * * Independent * * A solid, informative and fascinating account - an excellent biography. * * Uncut * * The dirty story of a dirty man, Howard Sounes's biography of Charles Bukowski confronts an ugly life with an unflinching stare . . . this according to some of Sounes's meticulously compiled sources, was the kind of man who would drive a friend to drink himself to death then try to have sex with his grieving widow. -- Victoria Segal * * Guardian * * This is an appropriately gutsy biography of Charles Bukowski, the American poet and novelist who almost singlehandedly inspired a generation of would-be writers to believe that you could spend your entire life getting drunk and still achieve a reputation as a cult author. -- Robert Collins * * Observer * *
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About Howard Sounes

Howard Sounes was born in England in 1965 and currently lives in London. He has worked as a newspaper journalist in Britain and abroad and is the author of Fred & Rose, the best-selling book about the lives and crimes of mass murderers Fred and Rosemary West.
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3,219 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 44% (1,421)
4 36% (1,161)
3 17% (535)
2 2% (76)
1 1% (26)
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