Ham on Rye - Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye

By Charles Bukowski

  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 288 Ratings


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 Library's collection of D. H. Lawrence, Ham on Rye offers a crude, brutal, and savagely funny portrait of an outcast's coming-of-age during the desperate days of the Great Depression.


  • Hard-Hitting Realism

    By M_Lubo
    The author has a unique, entertaining way of exploring the mundane. Also timely sense of humor. Entertaining read.
  • Nothing left to see

    It doesn’t get much better than Bukowski for lowly, drunk, aspiring-vagabonds like myself …
  • One of my favorite authors

    By YankiJ
    AMAZING. gives a real perspective of what’s like to love in the Great Depression while trying to be a normal kid.
  • Bukowski Tells His Childhood

    By E.P. Anderson
    Like J.D. Salinger's perverted brother, Bukowski tells the thinly-veiled story of his own childhood in LA during the Great Depression. Everything is different through the eyes of Charles Bukowski, yet everyone can relate to the primal feelings of uncertainty and anger in an unforgiving world. This is a must-read for anyone who has grown up in America and realized, when they look back on their life as a kid, the absurdity of it all.
  • Not what I expected but love it

    By Prettylilik
    I don't usually read books like this but someone recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it a lot. Not what I expected at all.
  • This is a required read for anyone who wants to know more about Charles Bukowski

    By imgroovy
    This is an incredible read from a man who spoke about truth, beauty, and the American life. Charles Bukowski should never have been ignored by New York literary critics. Particularly the New Yorker.
  • Great author!

    By finster3
    If you like Celine, you'll like Bukowski. He's one of the best poets and authors of the twentieth century.