>>7228432 Factotum. Start and end there. When you've read one Bukowski novel, you've read them all. Nonetheless, it's still worth reading the one, and that one should be Factotum. Never read much of his poetry, though, so maybe there is more worth checking out there.
>>7228432 I'll out myself as a Bukowski fan. He's almost the antithesis of the /lit/ circle jerk. If you go into it looking for intricate symbolism you'll find yourself disappointed. However he does do "sincerity" in his own brand. People who attempt to deny his merit shot too high. Go in expecting a raw and ugly experience. Nothing beyond #lmaothisissodeep near teenaged speculation but every so often you'll find a nugget of the human condition covered in the shit it is. Start with ham on rye. From there fill in with post office, factotum, and women. Then finish with Hollywood. Pulp is more of an abstract novel about his inevitable death and also one of my favorites. His poetry is also leagues beyond his novels. When he clicks the shit is gold. When he misses the beat his shit is shit.
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