Post Office: A Novel

Paperback | July 29, 2014

byCharles Bukowski

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"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the day-to-day trials of sadistic bosses and certifiable coworkers. This classic 1971 novel—the one that catapulted its author to national fame—is the perfect introduction to the grimly hysterical world of legendary writer, poet, and Dirty Old Man Charles Bukowski and his fictional alter ego, Chinaski.

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"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicio...

"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicio...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061177571

ISBN - 13:9780061177576

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10 maybe the best book i've ever read.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique voice #plumreview Great, direct writing from such humble inspiration.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bukowski This was the first book by Bukowski that I read. It is a quick read written with Bukowski's signature wit and humor. The story follows the authors alter ego Henry Chinaski and his time working for the US postal service.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mr. It's better than a cognac but not quite up there with a white russian
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious yet sad Post Office by Charles Bukowski is a very short novel that should only be read by older readers because of the numerous references to women and sex. There isn't really a climax to the story because it revolves around work, but it has humour throughout, thus it will not bore the reader. I did not like that the women in the novel are seen as worthless things that are only there for Henry to sleep with and are not good for anything else. Post Office is written through the eyes of Henry Chinaski, a middle aged man, whose life revolves around drinking and women. Henry's life at the U.S. Postal Service began as a mistake during Christmas season when the post office would hire anyone. As a substitute mail carrier, Henry tells about his life at the post office and his carelessness of his work. There are his superior with impossible demands, and Henry talking back to them and disappearing from work for days at a time. Every morning when he comes into work, he has a hangover. Henry hates work and his workplace is unorganized and irrational, yet he must earn to survive. After getting bored of the post office numerous times, Henry quits, yet always makes it back there after going through different jobs and different women. Although Henry describes his life humorously, he seems like a terribly lonely man, which will seem more noticeable in the later parts of the novel. The story then continues in Charles Bukowski's other novel called Women. 4.5/5
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Reading I don't know why it took me so long to finally read Bukowski. I've been interested in most of his major contemporaries, but for some reason have never gotten to him. You must pick up Bukowski now! Post Office is one of the greatest books that I have ever read. It is semi-autobiographical of Bukowski's own experience working at the post office, and it is absolutely hilarious. The book isn't overly plot driven, but it is still hard to put down as Bukowski's alter ego Henry Chinaski loafs around getting drunk, shacking up with random women, and going from job to job but always ending up back at the post office.
Date published: 2008-01-19