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Post Office by Charles Bukowski


Post Office book cover of race track

Curtis loves Bukowski and has been trying to get Haj to read his work for ages.


So, for the podcast, Haj relented and promised to at least try to set aside her prejudices and preconceptions.


She decided to open her mind and see whether Post Office, the story of Henry Chinaski, an alcoholic and gambling lowlife who works at the post office, could change her uninformed opinion of Charles Bukowski.






Publisher’s Blurb

Henry Chinaski is a lowlife loser with a hand-to-mouth existence. His menial post office day job supports a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks.


Lurid, uncompromising and hilarious, Post Office is a landmark in American literature, and over 1 million copies have been sold worldwide. The new edition is augmented with an anecdotal introduction by the modern Welsh cult-literary author, Niall Griffiths – a writer who was working in a British post office when he first read Bukowski’s Post Office.


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