In this engrossing biography, studded with excerpts from Bukowski's writing, Howard Sounes tells the true story of Bukowski's life in the same punchy style as his subject. Sounes draws on interviews with all the significant people in Bukowski's career, including celebrity friends Robert Crumb, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke, who played Bukowski in the movie Barfly.
Bukowski's editor and publisher, John Martin, praises the book: "Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life is a generous tribute to Bukowski's genius, and it clearly and truthfully captures the essence of Bukowski both as writer and man."
Howard Sounes is known for writing detailed and revelatory biographies of a range of extraordinary personalities, including the murderers Fred and Rosemary West (Fred & Rose) and the musicians Bob Dylan (Down the Highway) and Lou Reed (Notes from the Velvet Underground). For more information, visit www.howardsounes.com.
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By Lawrence C. on 24-11-17
Insightful story but truly appalling narration . One to avoid .
There is no doubt Howard Sounes is a gifted
writer and researcher . I very much enjoyed reading this book years ago and looked forward to hearing it . Unfortunately Howard’s narration is truly awful . Writing and narrating are different skills and what Howard has as a writer he lacks woefully as a performer . His voice isn’t engaging . He is unable to sustain accents . When doing an accent of Bukowski ‘s mother he strays into embarrassing racial stereo typing . Howard’s Bukowski impression is irritating . It truly grates on the ear. This wonderful book in the hands of a skilled narrator could have been brilliant . Unfortunately as an audio book it’s one to avoid . It’s sad as Bukowski’s words are magical but they need to be voiced in the right manner and this isn’t it .