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Notes of a Dirty Old Man: Charles Bukowski

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Ma, quando si parla di donne, la visione è più che convenzionale, gli sterotipi di genere sono tutti lì. Alcohol, homelessness, bouncing around various places to live and taking menial jobs, abusive relationships that went both ways, these are the real life parts. 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. His life would go downhill fast until his writing career became slightly successful and then go downhill again. 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.

Though it recycles a fair amount of "Post Office," "Ham on Rye," and "Factotum," "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" feels a little fresh for Bukowski. 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. 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.This book is exactly that, a series of few dozens short essays that represent Bukowski’s most mischievous observations on society, some fictions, some weirdest true stories, some blurry between real or not, but mostly the greatest hits from the collection of his underground newspaper columns with the same name – Notes of a Dirty Old Man – for the Open City newspaper (which prompted the FBI to keep a file on him). Half an hour passes and judging by the volume of the pages read and those left, we can assume he's halfway through. I get very tired of the precious intellects who must speak diamonds every time they open their mouths. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of A Dirty Old Man" for the underground newspaper Open City .

Eventually he was able to move out on his own and began entering drinking and gambling contests because he found he was very good at it. Of course, that doesn't make any of his literal and figurative woman-bashing acceptable, but it's part of the entrance fee for reading this shit.Notes of a Dirty Old Man (1969) is a collection of underground newspaper columns written by Charles Bukowski for the Open City newspaper that were collated and published by Essex House in 1969. 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. 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. So in a sense Bukowski `celebrates' life and not wholly -wholly- leaves us a portrait of self destruction and nihilism. Bukowski became numb from the pain and began isolating himself from everyone around him, even other children at school.

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