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Hollywood: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
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.