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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I would say yes. It's a short work, and Bukowski always entertains.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I'm not sure it needs to be changed in any way. The novel spans a 12 year period of working at the post office, focusing on the topics of tediousness and boredom with Bukowski humor sprinkled throughout.
Which scene was your favorite?
I can't pick a favorite. The Post Office doesn't really have those stand-out scenes like Ham on Rye.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Sure, though I'm not sure this would make a great movie.
Any additional comments?
The Post Office is short novel, and I'd say it's mostly for those who are already fans of Bukowski. If I were to recommend one of his works, it would be Ham on Rye.
The narrator of The Post Office is fantastic, channeling Bukowski's voice perfectly. This is a great performance by Christian Baskus.
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I believe "Post Office" would be enjoyed most by ardent Bukowski fans, so if you're just a casual admirer - stick with his poetry - its much better.
This book is supposed to be one of those hipster classics in the same vein as Kerouac & Hunter S Thompson. There are some funny moments and clever sentences but the hype for this book outweighs it's substance by a large margin.
A bum in the late 60's gives us an account of his time working for the post office and the women who blew in and out of his life over that time.
Bukowski's poetry books are better because they're focussed and brief and thus amplify the grit of his natural prose, while this novel just drifts aimlessly until it's end.
I will give a special mention though to the narrator who captured Bukowski perfectly - the narration was excellent.
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