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In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels, Charles Bukowski details the long, lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol, women, and the Los Angeles Public Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

Topics: Alcoholism, Writers, Sex, Antihero, Beat Generation, Working Class, Writing, Great Depression, Fathers, Counterculture, Love, Poverty, Drugs, Coming of Age, Los Angeles, Germany, Poetic, Black Humor, Dark, Realism, First Person Narration, Semi-Autobiographical, Episodic, and Bildungsroman

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061851919
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A great book with practical advice to live positively.more
Truly a classic in self-awareness. Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite self-help authors.more
I read this inspirational and influential book in my twenties, and gave copies to some of my friends. Your Erroneous Zones provided insights to help free me from self-destructive behavior patterns, and helped me to create the life I wanted for myself.more
You are always in control of your own emotions. That is one of the things this book taught me when I read it. It is a pretty good self-help book.more
I read this book within a month of its initial publication. I read it almost straight through and found it, at the time, quite motivating. Like many self-help books, it has little original to say; its power lies in the compelling presentation. I confess, I have not revisited the book since then (1976) so I freely admit I could be misremembering and I may not react to it in the same way today. I do however still recall several specifics from the book and find them useful in everyday life.more
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A great book with practical advice to live positively.more
Truly a classic in self-awareness. Wayne Dyer is one of my favorite self-help authors.more
I read this inspirational and influential book in my twenties, and gave copies to some of my friends. Your Erroneous Zones provided insights to help free me from self-destructive behavior patterns, and helped me to create the life I wanted for myself.more
You are always in control of your own emotions. That is one of the things this book taught me when I read it. It is a pretty good self-help book.more
I read this book within a month of its initial publication. I read it almost straight through and found it, at the time, quite motivating. Like many self-help books, it has little original to say; its power lies in the compelling presentation. I confess, I have not revisited the book since then (1976) so I freely admit I could be misremembering and I may not react to it in the same way today. I do however still recall several specifics from the book and find them useful in everyday life.more
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