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Ham on Rye

Pub Date: 2002-05-31 Pages: 283 Language: English Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers In what is widely hailed as the best of his many novels. Charles Bukowski details the long. lonely years of his own hardscrabble youth in the raw voice of alter ego Henry Chinaski. From a harrowingly cheerless childhood in Germany through acne-riddled high school years and his adolescent discoveries of alcohol. women. and the Los Angeles Public Librarys collection of DH Lawrence. Ham on Rye offers a crude. brutal. and savagely funny portrait of an outcasts coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.

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