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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp (1994), Screams from the Balcony (1993), and The Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992).

This novel is mainly dealing with gabling, drinking and whoring which Bukowski is really good at, but what I find him to be even better at is his way with words and that does not show its true colours in this book. I broke programming, (honestly it never worked too well on me), but I forgot to amend my overlooking of Bukowski. Ma, quando si parla di donne, la visione è più che convenzionale, gli sterotipi di genere sono tutti lì. The whores, the drinking binges, the alley fights and the insanity of the man of the streets is a life lived at its most direct and extreme. It begins during his early childhood by explaining the difficult relationship that he had with his father.

Of the many columns and blurbs here, there is one about a party and the time Bukowski met Neal Cassady. Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of A Dirty Old Man" for the underground newspaper Open City . There is a sequence in "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" where a painting instructor gives a young Bukowski brushes and paints (he didn't bring his own), and instructs him to paint a vase, just like his classmates. it’s your whore, your wife ripped in the belly with a bayonet and then raped in the a** while you watch. Those syndicated appearances are not listed here, as they are duplicates of the columns as they appeared in the "home" papers.

A little bit less gay bar action would have been nice for me personally but I don’t think anyone delicate or easily offended would read Bukowski past his introduction. 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. This could all be bluffing, but if not, then Bukowski has raped and beaten a good few souls in this world. an intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way. I find it extremely difficult to rate this read, it is not your traditional novel, I cannot even recommend it, simply because I don’t believe a lot of people will understand what it was meant to serve.

As I’ve grown older, I still feel that affection, but I am also more cognizant of the moral failings that I once excused and overlooked. Various authors are name dropped throughout the novel including: Dostoyevsky, Celine, Camus, Cassady, Kerouac, Burroughs, and Ginsberg.

Notes of a Dirty Old Man is a collection of articles written by Charles Bukowski for the underground, L. Overall, I think Bukowski is an interesting character in American literature and I enjoy his short stories in small doses. As with anything written by Bukowski, I wouldn't recommend it to you if you're easily offended or overtly PC.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). Writing as himself, or his alter-ego Henry Chinaski, Bukowski delves into America’s lowlife to eulogise life’s losers and antiheroes.

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