chapter  1
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introduction

Charles Bukowski was an enigmatic man, a complex ‘beat’ character who expressed himself through what may appear to be a very straightforward style of writing. He used a restricted rather than expansive palette which has earned him the awkward and possibly unwarranted epithet of being a limited writer. Nonetheless, he is a superb storyteller who champions the mundane everyday event and the underdog in society. He wrote about addiction, lost love, violence and poverty related to his own often unfortunate experiences, employing a particular no-nonsense style and approach to his art which belies a number of contradictions which are explored in the book.