The movie-making machinations of the title town are exposed in this
thinly veiled Roman à clef about a hard-drinking poet-novelist turned
screenwriter. Based on his experiences writing the movie Barfly,
Bukowski lays open the absurdity and egotism of the film industry from the worm’s-eye
view of a screenwriter.
Henry Chinaski has been asked by Jon Pinchot, a French director, to
write a screenplay. Pinchot doesn’t seem to care what the story is about.
Neither does Chinaski; he’s more concerned about where his next drink is
coming from. Sarah, his wife, matches her husband drink for drink and worries
only about getting home in time to feed their five cats.
The couple takes a precarious journey through the land of corrupt
backers and bizarre creative types where the writer “was where he belonged, in
some dark corner, watching.”
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