Pulp

Pulp

Book - 1994
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Nick Belane, a private detective, becomes involved in an unusual case when a mysterious client, who calls herself Lady Death, asks him to find the real Celine

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Opening with the exotic Lady Death entering the gumshoe-writer's seedy office in pursuit of a writer named Celine, this novel demonstrates Bukowski's own brand of humour and realism, opening up a landscape of seamy Los Angeles.



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The late poet, novelist, and (spare the expression) man of letters, Charles Bukowski, is said to have left many books-worth of material in the can (so to speak), but this characteristically gritty piece of Bukowskiana is no patchwork, and was complete and in production at the time of his death. All of Bukowski will one day be essential to every collection and never cheaper than now. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Santa Rosa : Black Sparrow Press, 1994
ISBN: 9780876859285
0876859287
9780876859261
0876859260
9780876859278
0876859279
Characteristics: 202 p. ; 23 cm

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GamerGuy3000 Jul 18, 2015

Bizarre, surreal, outrageous, funny, that's some of the things I could say about pulp, this was my first book by bukowski and surprised, intrigued, and caught off guard by this book, but it's a good book if you like the pulp fiction genre

thebigp2012 Apr 23, 2015

An ok story, but not his best work. For his swan song it was weak, but considering he was dying when he wrote this I give him a pass. This does not change the fact that Charles Bukowski was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century.

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PearlyBaker
Dec 20, 2014

I'm not entirely sure what just happened; what I just read or even how I feel about. I went to a shaman one time and had a very similar experience. It was sort of an out of body, near death experience and I guess that's how I'd describe this novel. It was surreal and had aliens and Death with a capital D. I'm still not convinced I even just read this and maybe I'm still asleep and dreaming right now. I reckon it's time to explore more Bukowski.

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jimg2000
Sep 22, 2014

A page turner, a super hardboil detective pulp fiction.

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gemmamaria
Apr 01, 2011

This is the latest I read in a long line of Bukowski, novels, short stories and poetry. I liked it better than alot of his other stuff. CB writes with a little more purpose and a little less patience. Pulp is direct and unrestrained. It markedly different from a lot of his other works. I think Pulp is testament to CB getting to where he wanted in life, as a writer and as a person.

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ddf
Nov 19, 2010

Very Disappointing. I'm a huge Bukowski fan, but I would not
recommend this drivel to anyone.
1 start out of 5.

sit_walk Sep 02, 2009

I was looking for poetry and got a novel. The title, "Pulp: A Novel", perhaps should have been a clue...

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jimg2000
Sep 22, 2014

I got to thinking about solutions in life. People who solved things usually had lots of persistence and some good luck. If you persisted long enough, the good luck usually came. Most people couldn’t wait on the luck, though, so they quit. Not Belane. No candyass, he. Top flight. Game. A bit lazy, perhaps. But crafty. I pulled open the top right hand drawer, found the vodka and allowed myself a hit. A drink to victory. The winner writes the history books, is surrounded by the lovely virgins…
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...This time Sanderson was dressed in a light purple suit. His taste in colors was freaky. I knew a babe like that once, she had a way of wearing those weird colors. Like we’d go out to a restaurant to eat and everybody would turn and look at her. Problem was, she wasn’t much to look at. Even with a hangover and a 3-day beard I looked better than she did...

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jimg2000
Sep 22, 2014

Then she got up and walked out of there. I never saw an xyz like that in my life. Beyond concept. Beyond everything. Don’t bother me now. I want to think about it.
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Tommy stepped toward me. I slipped the luger out of the drawer, pointed it towards Tommy’s gross immensity. “Hold it, Thomas, or you’ll be spouting more red than the jerseys of the Stanford football team!”
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I’d lost my kick. Existence was not only absurd, it was plain hard work. Think of how many times you put on your underwear in a lifetime. It was appalling, it was disgusting, it was stupid.

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