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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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Alcohol, homelessness, bouncing around various places to live and taking menial jobs, abusive relationships that went both ways, these are the real life parts. Some are pure fantasy (like a guy with wings playing baseball) while many others happened to some extent, and almost all include some kind of graphic sex (I’m not going there to describe it). This book has reconfirmed for me the fact that Bukowski is best at this form of writing - short stories. Ma, quando si parla di donne, la visione è più che convenzionale, gli sterotipi di genere sono tutti lì.

We all know that type of old man, a blunt and sarcastic one who have seen it all and tired of all the bullshit. I hadn't read any Bukowski in over a year so I thought it was about time that I carried on with my challenge which is to read everything that he's ever released. So, I guess I chose a somewhat extravagant way to say that if an alien's first touch with humanity was through this book, they'd totally kill themselves without thinking. This is the first of his books that I've read and I catch myself thinking that I really don't hope the rest of his book are the same.It wasn’t healthy for young strong American feminist brain-dead consumers to be reading the works of uhm … that woman-hating guy. He also exposes things some might wish they had never seen--prostitution, murder, abuse, rape, suicide, suicide by alcoholism, even necrophilia. There are some really, really interesting and great short stories in this book and there are some really weird, messed-up ones which leave you saying or thinking WTF? I broke programming, (honestly it never worked too well on me), but I forgot to amend my overlooking of Bukowski. What I enjoyed the most about this book was the ending and not just because I could finally put the book down for good, but because of its optimism.

My original review did not emphasize enough the amount of pain Bukowski probably brought into the world through his actions. As soon as he starts to get too close to these families or hosts he will leave without notice and go on to find a new place to stay. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

my pure and beautiful slim and magic little girl glorious fuck with the hair dangling down to the asshole, and next to her the tragedy of the ages: slime and horror, the machine gone wrong, frogs tortured by little boys and head-on car collisions and the spider taking in the ball-less buzzing fly and the landscape brain of Primo Carnera going down under the dull playboy guns of cocksure Maxie Baer — new heavyweight champ of America — I, I rushed at the Tragedy of the Ages — that fat slob of accumulated shit. Without taking his eyes from that nonexistent spot straight ahead, he reaches into the inside pocket of his coat and takes out a small object. As he was churning these out for the Open City press, I gather Bukowski would have been writing many of the stories for his own amusement, just to see how far he could stretch a tale into the obscenely bizarre - as there are many in this collection that defy reality, but it is pertinent as it is free flowing intoxicating imagination peppered with some predicaments like the piece about Bukowski's parents and the Frozen Man that is quite introspectively sad. At one point, Bukowski states that he is aware that his narration is switching between tenses, and tells the reader that, if they care, they can "shove a nipple up their scrotum. He’s more of a rock-and-roll type of person that has surrendered to his vices and even has that hint of proudness of his shortcomings.

I actually started listening to this book on audio because Will Patton’s voice is everything, but without actual chapter breaks it was too hard to follow. I quite liked your political statements, they showed that you after all used your intellect, what-ever-much was left of it in your intoxicated brain. It seems like he strips reality of all that's good or pure, leaving only the rotten parts and throws it in your face.His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. Oyy ok let’s get this wrapping up, I’m rambling which means I had a lot of thoughts and didn’t know how to frame them. Almost all of the "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" columns have been collected by City Lights Books: Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969), Erections, Ejaculations and General Tales of Ordinary Madness (1972), Tales of Ordinary Madness (1983), The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Other Stories (1983), Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook (2008), Absence of the Hero (2010), More Notes of a Dirty Old Man (2011), The Bell Tolls for No One (2015), and The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way (2018). I was expecting something witty and intelligent, what I got was violent, crude, misogynistic and highly unpleasant, in the beginning at least. His life would go downhill fast until his writing career became slightly successful and then go downhill again.

Various authors are name dropped throughout the novel including: Dostoyevsky, Celine, Camus, Cassady, Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg. After a few tens of pages it settles down into a more, well mostly, stable narrative; almost like Bukowski wanted to put off the reader from delving further into the book.And not even because it was nasty or creepy (because let's face it, despite panic attacks and crap, I made it through Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho and if I can get through that, I think I can get through any book).

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