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Harper Collins, Mar 17, 2009 - Fiction - 248 pages
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Hank and his wife, Sarah, agree to write a screenplay, and encounter the strange world of the movie industry.

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Hollywood: a novel

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In this hilarious roman a clef, Bukowski draws on his experiences while writing the script for the 1987 film Barfly. Henry Chinaski, the author's alter ego in the film, here returns to write--despite ... Read full review

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Once again writing as his alter ego Henry Chinaski, Bukowski explores the sordid side of making movies while chronicling the production of "The Dance of Jim Beam" (a barely disguised "Barfly" with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway), which he wrote the screenplay for. As always, Chinaski is addicted to booze, but now at 65 he's no longer addicted to sex, in a monogamous relationship with his wife, and somehow this makes him less interesting as every other paragraph he's simply getting a drink.
Like all Bukowski books, "Hollywood" is a fast read and enjoyable, but as Chinaski's exploits get less wild with age, the story lacks the impact of earlier novels and makes the reader miss the young and middle-aged hero of earlier works.

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About the author (2009)

Charles Bukowski is one of America’s best-known contemporary writers of poetry and prose and, many would claim, its most influential and imitated poet. He was born in 1920 in Andernach, Germany, to an American soldier father and a German mother, and brought to the United States at the age of two. He was raised in Los Angeles and lived there for over fifty years. He died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994, at the age of seventy-three, shortly after completing his last novel, Pulp.

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