Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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It is a more personal and serious way for readers and fans to get to know more about the author and how he lived. Overall, I think Bukowski is an interesting character in American literature and I enjoy his short stories in small doses. Between each success he would work unfulfilling jobs, drink more than usual, and take advantage of the generosity of anyone offering it. The Free Press circulation of nearly 100,000 gave Bukowski the largest consistent audience he would ever have.

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 vivid, uncompromising depiction of the underworld of Los Angeles has achieved cult status as the ultimate in realist writing. This book has reconfirmed for me the fact that Bukowski is best at this form of writing - short stories. At times, I found the collection sophomoric, as though he were daring me to read on, and read on I did. This one is not for the faint of heart, the delicate, nor the easily offended, but if you are bold, daring, and curious, it is somewhat entertaining.

Others were sad to me, such as a vivid recounting of how years of beatings and other abuse turns someone into a living but kind of mostly dead person. Writing as himself, or his alter-ego Henry Chinaski, Bukowski delves into America’s lowlife to eulogise life’s losers and antiheroes. Yıllarca insanlardan kaçmamın nedeni bu, ve onlarla görüşmeye başladığımdan beri inime dönme zamanının geldiğini hissediyorum.Half an hour passes and judging by the volume of the pages read and those left, we can assume he's halfway through.

By turns hilarious, disgusting, prosaic and profound, these vignettes of distilled humanity are somehow rendered all the more powerful for the squalor and the cheap sex and the shameless alcoholism. I’m spoiled and used to sections and titles in short story collections now so we know how it’s organized, but this seems like total hodgepodge or possibly chronological by publication date. If he isn't bluffing, he has coasted from a childhood of abuse and hatred to an adulthood of boozing, rape, violence, and laziness, all while maintaining interiority and literary wit.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). His life would go downhill fast until his writing career became slightly successful and then go downhill again. 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.

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