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Hollywood

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'What will you do?'
'Oh, hell, I'll write a novel about writing the screenplay and making the movie.'
'What are you going to call it?'
'Hollywood.'

Henry Chinaski has a penchant for booze, women and horse-racing. On his precarious journey from poet to screenwriter he encounters a host of well-known stars and lays bare the absurdity and egotism of the film industry. Poetic, sharp and dangerous, Hollywood - Bukowski's fictionalisation of his experiences making the film Barfly - explores the many dark shadows to be found in the neon-soaked glare of Hollywood's limelight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 195g
  • Canongate Canons
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main - Canons
  • No
  • 9781786891679
  • 41,570

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No other book gets as close to the corrupt heart of American movie-making * * Guardian * * A literary immortal * * Time * * Bukowski's voice is insistent and affirming but it also has the humble durability of someone who won't stay down . . . His stories help keep people alive * * Independent * * A laureate of American low life * * Time * * Full of entertaining vignettes of celebrities * * The Times * *
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About Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski was the legendary Californian writer who became famous for his semi-autobiographical books about low-life America. Novels such as Factotum and Post Office made this one-time bum, and lifelong alcoholic, rich and famous, and culminated in the making of Barfly, a major Hollywood movie based on his life starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway. He died in March 1994.
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22,396 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 24% (5,373)
4 40% (9,035)
3 28% (6,365)
2 6% (1,337)
1 1% (286)
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