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Publisher's Summary

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than 12 years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel - the one that catapulted its author to national fame - is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.
©1971 Charles Bukowski (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Critic Reviews

"Takes you by the shoulders and shakes you until your teeth rattle." (The Times)
"One of the funniest books ever written." (Uncut)
"An amazing, hilarious and unfalteringly entertaining account of a man trapped in a kind of Catch 23." (Sunday Times)
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By Graeme on 09-06-16

For fans only - his poetry is a lot better.

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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By Dillon on 04-15-15

A genius

Listened to this at work all day. Bukowski always puts a smile on my face with his endlessly relatable stories.

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