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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I was expecting something witty and intelligent, what I got was violent, crude, misogynistic and highly unpleasant, in the beginning at least. The people walk with such an indifference I begin to hate them, but then again I've never really been fond of anything. Barfly (the movie he wrote about his life) wasn’t bad, I watched it after reading, but then I read that he didn’t like his actor’s portrayal.

I read most of his books in my late teens early 20ies and bought this for a friend's 30th birthday,i could not resist the temptation and re read it before wrapping it away. However, his alcoholism is not an issue that Bukowski wishes to change; it is simply a way of life for him. the soul has no skin; the soul only has insides that want to sing, finally, can't you hear it, brothers? You can tell he was pretty smashed while writing this shit - he'll segue from an MRA-style "women-are-conniving-rats" rant to a story about fucking a 5-foot tall, 350-pound prostitute. A few times, generous people who admire his writings will allow him to stay with them rent free, though he does not understand why people enjoy his writings so much.

Half an hour passes and judging by the volume of the pages read and those left, we can assume he's halfway through. His short articles were marked by his trademark crude humor, as well as his attempts to present a "truthful" or objective viewpoint of various events in his life and his own subjective responses to those events.

He pays respect and champions some of them, and completely berates and slanders others, as I'm sure you'd expect. The cold and measured cruelty of the American hospitals is not caused by doctors who are overworked or who have gotten used to and bored with death.

I broke programming, (honestly it never worked too well on me), but I forgot to amend my overlooking of Bukowski. Emphasised emotions, less-philosophical-more-empirical nature of almost everything 'viciously' came under the nib of Bukowski's pen in this semi-autobiographical journal, with unusual boldness and humorous conduit. Bukowski mixes his prose with personal anecdotes and downright ridiculous absurdity, like a train wreck of thought. Baby, in a couple of minutes I'm going to rip off your god damned panties and show you some turkey neck you'll remember all the way to the graveside. 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.

I wouldn't describe his work as realism only as a type of "subjective realism" where the truth of the matter is only true for him. This is lik a stream of consciousness from Buk and he doesn't have an editor to reign him in at all. It is well written, interesting and I think he does a nice summation of Cassady at the end of his life. 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.I became another drunk, thinking of suicide, sitting in little rooms for days with all the shades down, wondering what was out there and what was wrong with it- not knowing whether to blame it on my father or myself or them.

This collection of Bukowski’s columns for an underground LA newspaper epitomises his style of gritty realism. However, there's still the same old dosage of smut, filth and complete degeneracy and perverseness throughout which will satisfy any Bukowski fan. It is part autobiography, part crude comedy filled with alcohol, women and bizarre adventures, written in a 1960s style of conversation. 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.Which makes the book weirdly enjoyable, because it is so damn uncensored and raw, a blend of honesty and bat-shit crazy that makes a brilliant read. 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. He’s a decent tie in for those interested in the beat generation and those looking for irreverence in everything. Between each success he would work unfulfilling jobs, drink more than usual, and take advantage of the generosity of anyone offering it. Bukowski became numb from the pain and began isolating himself from everyone around him, even other children at school.



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