South of No North is a collection of short stories that contains some of Bukowski’s best
work. Among the stories collected in the book are “Love for $17.50,”
about a man named Robert whose infatuation with a mannequin in a junk shop
leads him first to buy it, then make love to it, and then eventually fall in
love with “her,” much to the consternation of his real-life girlfriend; “Maja
Thurup,” about a South American tribesman with an enormous penis who is brought
to Los Angeles by the woman anthropologist who has “discovered” him and become
his lover; and “The Devil Is Hot,” about an encounter with Old Nick at an
amusement pier in Santa Monica, where Scratch himself is caged and on display,
fed only peanut butter and dog food, exploited by a cynical carnie.
collection also features two of Bukowski’s finest and most famous short
stories: “All the Assholes in the World Plus Mine,” an autobiographical
rumination on the treatment of his hemorrhoids, and “Confessions of a Man
Insane Enough to Live with Beasts.”
stories collected in the volume are evocative of Bukowski at his best, when he
was one of the premier short-story writers still at the top of his talent.
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