#9 – Post Office by Charles Bukowski

Post Office – 1971

Charles Bukowski is one of the most prolific, emulated and distinctive writers of all time. Post Office was Bukowski’s debut novel and has been translated into over a dozen languages and sold over a million copies.

Courage comes from the belly – all else in desperation

– Charles Bukowski – Post Office

The book follows Bukowski’s alter ego Henry Chinaksi who is a low life who works menial jobs that he can’t hold onto, he’s a barfly and a man bouncing from one night stand to the next to the racetrack to the bars to wandering the streets to working in the Post Office to support the life he’s choosing to lead. The book is gritty, real and gripping to read. At 160 pages it’s an easy one to pick up and not put it down. Bukowski writes so honestly and there’s a beauty to his words contrasting to his life which is full of whores, alcohol, cigarettes and poor choices.

The book follows Chinaksi through his jobs, women, drinking and fighting. It’s a dark novel it’s funny it’s real and it’s genius captured on the page. I would recommend this book to anyone who isn’t offended too easily and wants to hear what a real barfly and lowlife is thinking about in his moments of being lucid and able to put pen to paper. He’s fucked up to say the least but he has a real voice you can tell instantly Bukowski’s style jumps off the page and grabs the reader.

After living in a cage I had taken the opening and flown out – like a shot into the heavens

– Charles Bukowski – Post Office