Run With the Hunted

Run With the Hunted The Best Of Bukowski S Novels, Stories, And Poems, This Collection Reads Like An Autobiography, Relating The Extraordinary Story Of His Life And Offering A Sometimes Harrowing, Invariably Exhilarating Reading Experience A Must For This Counterculture Idol S Legion Of Fans

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  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • Run With the Hunted
  • Charles Bukowski
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 9780060924584

10 thoughts on “Run With the Hunted

  1. says:

    It s like the Modest Mouse song Bukowski says He s a pretty good read, but who d wanna be such an asshole At least Charles Bukowski came by his assholery honestly born into this sorrowful deadliness not like that overgrown fratboy date rapist Jack Kerouac Bukowski was ostracized in school, abused at home, grotesquely scarred by acne and largely unloved So he started hating back, channeling his hurt and rage into prose and poetry that was plainspoken but eloquent and occasionally even beautiful in its own grimy way Like the last girl at the bar at closing time Once he got published and semifamous and the literary cult formed around him, Bukowski had no shortage of company from mustachioed skanks and slumming celebrities And Bono, Lord help poor Bukowski But the bile never dried up, and the poison, tho slightly tempered by old age, kept flowing onto the page In Bukowski s world, everyone is rotten and corrupt except for the Bukowski stand in narrator, and he s rotten and corrupt, but at least he has some integrity about it Run With the Hunted is sort of a Bukowski Greatest Hits collection of poems and short stories and novel excerpts arranged in a way to serve as a ramshackle autobiography It s not something I d recommend reading from cover to cover The constant misanthropy and misogyny and drunken self abuse can get a little tiring But it s a good book to dip into and sample, and every so often, you might find surprising spots of warmth and tenderness.

  2. says:

    Always a joy to hear Buk read, like the voice of an old friend His tone betrays a gentle soul, somewhat at odds with his callous crass persona, and his delivery seems natural and unaffected Like all of his recordings, this one provides bits and pieces of context between each selection, and his interactions with those others present are both revealing and entertaining in equal measure Initially I questioned the producer for including so many retakes when the slurred bits could have easily been edited out, but the end result is a raw, uninterrupted document with all its imperfections that makes you feel like you re sitting in on something really quite intimate.I didn t love this one quite as much as Hostage, and of course nothing beats The Bukowski Tapes, but a good listen all in all.

  3. says:

    I have gone through a few stages over the years in reading Buk The first few years, I suppose I was like any kid eagerly devouring all the beat countercultural stuff out there At some point in time I just got tired of his apparent qualities of egotism, narcissism, misogyny, and what I saw as a romanticization of poverty and alcoholism What was there to like about Bukowski As it turns out, I have been reading this anthology, which gathers some of his best writing in his forty or fifty books His writing tends to be opaque that is, the protagonists usually named Henry or Hank Chinaski, which might or might not signify an alter ego of Bukowski don t bother to tell us what they re thinking, either in their minds or to the other characters They might even say something but a subliminal text is evident that says something entirely different While behaving as a selfish prick toward a woman, for example, it occurs to the reader that the protagonist has had any number of negative experiences that burnt him to the point that he no longer has any ability to imagine a different response as if he lacks any power, sometimes the awareness as well, to behave in a healthy way This, Bukowski seems to recognize as being a factor in his loneliness and alienation, but considering all the alternatives that might be less lonely, he would have to compromise something essential to the Bukowskian man personal freedom That is sort of a Faustian bargain though, as personal freedom also begets loneliness Personal freedom is necessary for his male, white characters because they are stuck in a working class prison that basically demands the confrontation of stark choices Either one works like a dog in a dead end job and lives a straight life, or one holds true to one s own sense of what is enjoyable, aesthetically rewarding One offers an easier retirement and perhaps a dysfunctional, of course family, but sacrifices dignity The alternative, having an indifferent attitude towards work means that other aspects of life will suffer one will not be able to conform to the straight society one will not find a respectable woman as a girlfriend or whatever Self respect also fails if one remains only a bum, but it s not that Bukowski s characters have no work ethic they have a strong interest in maintaining their own writing Usually the protagonist s relationship to women, once you get over the initial revulsion you may have toward someone with such evident misogyny, is usually hilarious and at the end is poignant Sex is not something he seems to care whether someone gets hurt over sometimes the character commits rape e.g in the novel Women Yet he does have ethical behavior in other ways It s hard to explain he is sometimes very kind to people and at the same time he sometimes treats people like shit, depending on what they mean to him as people The scene of Factotum, where a whore corners him in his furnished room and forcibly sucks him off despite his begging for mercy, is one of the funniest scenes I ve ever read It s also worth noting how he can write prose that is dry, deadpan and flat in his own way perhaps the only writer who I could compare to who uses such an anti art aesthetic is Kurt Vonnegut Things that we are accustomed to hear about in flowery, lyrical prose are treated mockingly, such as sex, while real emotions and traumatic events he conveys without a language for feelings, simply describing actions that show the characters states of mind.There are also selections of poetry in this book, but I chose to focus on the prose because I prefer the prose If you would like to sample Bukowski over the thirty years or so of his career, this would be a good place to start.

  4. says:

    Charles Bukowski, the man with the plan Bukowski is extremely entertaining and I love reading his stuff I don t know about you, but I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside every time I read his stuff Like drinking a fine scotch on a cold winter night I don t drink scotch nor live in a cold climate His stories are both comforting and extremely inspiring to me for some reason I find them even cathartic After reading his stuff, I usually get a strong urge to be really really adventurous, drink heavily, and bang prostitutes in the nearest metropolitan alleyways and get in fights with random people and drive drunk and do other things a 30 year old adolescent might doAnyways, it is both invigorating and completely delusional depressing pathetic immature at the same timeI suppose I would just rather stick to the stories and drink by myself in my parents basement at the age of 29 in the middle of the suburbsNow that is real livingand much safer I also get completely depressed and misanthropic when reading his stuff for some reasonmehAnyways, Bukowski is simply written, alienated, and so fun to read I really suspect 90% of his stuff is made up, which makes it that much awesome He is totally full of shit I think if I taught high school, Bukowski would be a required read Though I would never teach high school cause I hate it and teenagers are assholes I think Bukowski should be read because he is very digestible and a great gateway to other better writers My biggest complaint with Bukowski is he can over do things from time to time Like trying hard to find meaning in every shitty little thing his drunken eyes fall upon a brown floor, some broken glass, or some turd floating in a toilet for a week cause he was too lazy to flush it down It can be too much, too romantic I literally picture him staring into a toilet bowl at a turd and trying to make sense of it and write a poem out of it Though subtle, at times it seems unnatural and forced However, it s not too much to the extent that it becomes an annoying aspect like these reviews It s tolerable unlike these reviews I don t like quoting Bukowski much cause I think he has to be read in its entirety to fully enjoy it It takes roughly a day to read the longest of his books cause they are so easy to read Some laugh out loud parts in this book for sureThis book reads a bit like an autobiography the way it is arranged Here are notable poems no one gives a shit about Alone with everybody hug the dark ill 8 count Bring me your love face of a political candidate on a street billboard genius of the crowd Dinosauria, we

  5. says:

    This was the moment I began my love affair and nerdy literary obsession with the works of Bukowski This collection of stories and poetry reads like an autobiography appearing not in the order they were written or what books they were published in, but in what they outlined, from his birth to his death He will envelop you in his cynicism, make you want to cry over packs of cigarettes and glasses and glasses of whiskey, and empathize with his unexpected tenderness I always felt as if I was going to be sick, to vomit, and the air seemed strangely still and white We painted with watercolors We planted radish seeds in a garden and some weeks later we ate them with salt I liked the lady who taught kindergarten, I liked her better than my parents.

  6. says:

    I enjoyed reading this anthology of Mr Bukowski s many stories, poems and excerpts from his novels Charles Bukowski was an alcoholic and many of his stories touch upon his barfly life With his strong descriptions and wonderful dialogue, I felt like I was right there with him He also wrote about his working life working for the post office, and eventually as a writer He wrote about his experiences freely under fictional characters He loved women but did not seem to have much respect for him His stories are rough and not for the timid.

  7. says:

    Rarely does a collection do a truly talented writer justice and Bukowski has such a mastery of words and language, an inherent ability to capture beauty and ugliness and loss and pain with such incredibly vivid detail that it haunts me This collection has most of what you need, whether you just want to reread some favorite poems or stories, or whether you are discovering Charles for the first time The mad, drunk poet laureate of Los Angeles, the genius bum and drunk, the man is a fascinating enigma, and his work is powerful, deep and personal One of my favorite books of all time.

  8. says:

    Bukowski is not for the light hearted, but well worth exploring This 500 page reader is culled from over 20 works by the writer, and this is the weak point in the book Editor John Martin has done a good job of mixing the poetry and prose of the writer from his early days until late in his life Still, it is at times a clunky mix, missing the cohesiveness a writer gives a work Nearly any anthology faces this dilemma, and few get around it Still, as an introduction to his work, it would be hard to find a better mix.As for the writing itself, you get all the highlights of Bukowski s style It is raw, filled with life and obscenity, which nearly overlap for Bukowski I find his prose a bit forced as he writes his own legend If you do not know Bukowski s story, it is worth getting an overview somewhere else Suffice it to say, he had a very rough childhood, and he seemed to relish a rough life on his own He goes through women as fast as his drinking, and seems to hold them in about the same regard at times he worships both, and at times he is sick of them.I find his best work showing up in his poetry There too he can be seen consciously holding a mirror to his work, but at times you hear just the writer For example for Jane 225 days under grassand you know than I.they have long taken your blood,you are a dry stick in a basket.is this how it works in this roomthe hours of lovestill make shadows.when you leftyou took almosteverything.I kneel in the nightsbefore tigersthat will not let me be.what you werewill not happen again.the tigers have found meand I do not care.Lines like what you were will not happen again are not what usually get quoted for Bukowski But this famous poem, for what many consider his first and main love, is one of many ways the writer kept his love alive.I m clearly not in the camps that sees Bukowski as a demigod, but he was a great writer and worth spending time with.

  9. says:

    For me Bukowski is one of the truest voices in both poetry and prose I have ever encountered I discovered him in Tower Records main store in Dublin in 1984 Took to his prose first and Run with the hunted was one of my first purchases I fully understand the hostility he generates, and I am glad in a way I nver met him.There was a very mean streak in him and he acted dispicably towards many who were his greatest supporters.But the I read of him the I appreciate the clarity and incisive nature of his work.Words are like bullets, he once said That is so true His words can go straight to the heart or the head.There is no floss or artifice in either his poetry or his prose.He remains an outsider even years after his death He had great compassion and depth while at the same time being a querelous and outrageous in the way he acted.He reminds me somewhat of Patrick Kavanagh in that sense, but Kavanagh wrote some of the best and most compasionate poetry written by an Irish poet in the last century.He was crue and ignorant jist as Buk was, but that does not invalidate his take on the world.It wasn t all bleak either and it had an immediacy I that is unsurpassed in my view.As I write this five volumes of his work are looking back at me as well as The John Fante Reader.ll.His work reflet and the loneremains an outsider and most of his work reflects the plight of the los the estab and

  10. says:

    Charles Bukowski shows his life through use of emotion and the dark life of an LA poet, as well as a rambunctious teenager living with abusive parents and horrible acne There is also a great amount of profound poetry in this book The profound poetry is vulgar and violent, but it comes straight from the heart of Charles i.e Henry Chinaski When Charles was walking up and down the streets with all of his pus filled bandages, he didn t let anything get to him, he stood up for himself even through all of those weird stares Or the time Charles had to go and live with his Hell bent parents for a while, which was a revival of old hate and rude disposition, but he didn t let the crude likes of his Father stop whatever it was he was doing writing Charles didn t mind waking up at 8 and going to the bar for a drink with Harry In this memoir esque biography, Charles sticks it to the man, discovers women, evolves into a crabby, dirt poor, Los Angeles poet writer, and meets a new best friend, alcohol This is one for the ages, and something all those with aspirations to write biographies memoirs should read.

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