The Captain is Out to Lunch, Paperback

The Captain is Out to Lunch Paperback

Illustrated by Robert Crumb

3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A book length collaboration between two underground legends, Charles Bukowski and Robert Crumb.

Bukowski's last journals candidly and humorously reveal the events in the writer's life as death draws inexorably nearer, thereby illuminating our own lives and natures, and to give new meaning to what was once only familiar.

Crumb has illustrated the text with 12 full-page drawings and a portrait of Bukowski.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 152 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9781574230581



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I can not believe that I hadn't read this until now. It has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years, sandwiched between some of Buk's poetry, and I had a vague feeling that it was some slight novelty item chucked out posthumously and liable to set my teeth on edge. What it is in reality is the diary captured thoughts of an aging writer who can't stop noticing the vacuity and worthlessness of the lives lived around him. Regardless of the passing of time his eye is as keen as ever, regardless of his need for a cataract operation, and his rage is as pure as ever, even with the compensation of enough money for the first time in his life. As beautifully honest and simple as anything he ever wrote, a fitting coda for my favourite writer and poet.Also, Robert Crumb's illustrations seem to grow organically from the page, a perfect marriage with the words.

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Hope I'm not as bitter & cynical as Bukowski when I hit my 70's. These diary entries were pretty sad.

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I'm sure Bukowski didn't intend this to get published. Just the musings of an old man, which can be fun at times, and inspiring at others. Mostly, it's just what Bukowski hates, and he's not alone.

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