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Book Title: Bring Me Your Love|
The author of the book: Charles Bukowski
Date of issue: May 31st 2002
ISBN 13: 9780876856062
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Peanut butter and jelly, cigarettes and coffee, hot chocolate and marshmallows, tapatio and all things warm and edible...some combinations just work, ya know? Much like yin and yang, they twirl the night away in blissful harmony, seamlessly connected at all points of contact. Jalapenos in your spaghetti? Perfection! Edna's famous "Lunch Box"? The pride of Oklahoma alcoholism! R. Crumb and Charles Bukowski? Why in the hell didn't I think of that?
I came across this and one other Crumbukowski hybrid at the book store yesterday, and was actually pretty surprised that I was previously wholly unaware of them. These comic-book-esque folios contain a single back-catalog Bukowski story each, illustrated by that Big Mamma Lovin' perve of a pen-and-ink pro, Robert Crumb. The two arty dude-brahs and their work mirror and accentuate one another predictably well. Bukowski comes off as a bit of a caricature of a Man's Man, and R. Crumb is a Man's Man who draws caricatures. Like I said, spaghetti and jalapenos.
The story is as dark as you would suspect, and as arguably chauvinist, though I want to make an aside in advance that I personally find Bukowski's flagrant manliness to be of a self-deprecating, facetious nature, as if he is saying "I don't know shit about women because I'm a bit of a small-minded booze-hound and they intimidate me, so I make these bumbling, major fuck-ups with women because they scare me because I'm a scared, bumbling, small-minded boozehound fuck-up who, admittedly, does not know shit about women except that they intimidate me." I came to this conclusion in high school when I read, among many others, his short piece Some of My Readers in which a severely intoxicated Bukowski leaves a restaurant in Germany only to be greeted by a group of feminist activists protesting his work. Loving them for their passionate, screaming attentions, and oblivious to his friends' attempts to clarify that these women sincerely do despise him, he begins blowing kisses at them, waving and smiling like a starlet on the Red Carpet until being shoved into the back of a car and mercifully driven away. Come on, that's some funny shit, and shows (in my humble opinion) quite a bit of upon-reflection self-awareness. What else to do but laugh?
All the same, this is the story of a woman literally going crazy...as in, "locked in the madhouse and punching herself in the face repeatedly while begging for some chocolates and the protagonist's (Bukowski, of course. Always Bukowski.) love while verbally battering him for cheating on her with 'some whore'" type of crazy. She is made to look delusional, but is she? It's Bukowski, so take your own guess as to how his painfully cynical humor twists the plot around. The story will either validate your view that he is a sexist degenerate, or will make you laugh out loud (<---see, that wasn't so hard to type all the way out) at the horrorshow that is males and females and romance and sex, or perhaps even both. For me, it was option two.
Concerning the illustrations: The drawings are pretty decent, albeit few and far between. Additionally, I really, really wish the whole thing had been full-color, rather than just the cover, as the black-and-white approach seems lazy and a bit shoved out. I'm not big on R. Crumb's art, though his Blues, Jazz, and Country collection is totally bad-ass in every way, and the film about him (simply titled Crumb) makes him seem like quite the interesting fellow. Occasionally, I come across something of his that I adore. You'll get no argument from me that the man isn't hella skilled as an illustrator, and often plenty humorous as a commentator on the world surrounding us.
Check this out if you come across it at the book store like I did, but don't bother sending off for it unless you are a total R. Crumb and/or Bukowski turbonerd. I'm not, but I do find them both puzzlingly charming. So I read it.
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Read information about the authorHenry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books
Charles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.
Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (1994), Screams from the Balcony (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992).
He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.
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