Book Review of ‘Slouching Towards Nirvana’ by Charles Bukowski

Charles Bukowski - Poet on The Edge

Charles Bukowski – Poet on The Edge (Photo credit: waltarrrrr)

Slouching Towards Nirvana is a brilliant collection of poetry. Through a series of loosely constructed vignettes, in the form of free verse, Bukowski reveals his inner self, his philosophies and his sideways looking humour.
The first three quarters of the book are captivating, perhaps his prose becomes a little self-conscious in the final quarter but not enough to deserve less than five stars.
There is a terrific sense of freedom in the way Bukowski uses words – and it’s clear  story-telling is more important to him than complex language structures or restrictive rules. His wordplay can often be mischievous and many of the poems end with a neat twist – I smiled  a lot when reading this book.

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