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Women is an easy to read semi-autobiographical book by Charles Bukowski, which focuses on the later years of 50 year old alcoholic writer and poet Henri Chinaski, his many hangovers, his many women and his self proclaimed rock star life.
Author Bukowski was born in Germany in 1920, where he lived until his family moved to America in 1923 after the collapse of the German economy. In America he was mercilessly bullied at school due to his Germanic name and claims to have been routinely beaten by his abusive father. Introduced to alcohol at early age Bukowski remained a heavy drinker throughout his life, becoming recognised as a leading member of the "Beat Generation" of authors alongside others such as William S Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.
Unlike other Bukowski books, such as Post Office or Ham on Rye, Women focuses on the seemingly successful part of its protagonists life, within which he routinely treats picks up and throws away woman with an incredible lack of dignity and respect, whilst flying drunkenly across the country to give concert like poetry readings to hip young American students, from whom he cannot hide his disgust and hatred.
Women contains heavy sexual content not to everyone's taste and can easily viewed by many as the chauvinistic fantasies of a bitter old alcoholic. If you can force yourself through those initial barriers you will find an American classic by an author who is a true member of the Beat Generation. Bukowski's writing reflects his impoverished childhood, his menial job as a postal clerk earlier in his career and urban America at its low life best! This book is a must have for all followers of popular culture and classic literature.