One of my all time favorite books, ever, is Journey to the End of the Night by French author Celine. This is the author who inspired Bukowski, one of the few authors for whom Bukowski had any respect. If you’ve never read Charles Bukowski, search the internet for just one short story or poem NOW. Later you can read his masterpiece Ham on Rye. Basically Bukowski made a career out of what Celine accomplished in just one book.