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Hollywood

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,102 Ratings  ·  458 Reviews
Hank and his wife, Sarah, agree to write a screenplay, and encounter the strange world of the movie industry.
ebook, 248 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 1989)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jul 02, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hollywood
”The racetrack was important to me because it allowed me to forget that I was supposed to be a writer. Writing was strange. I needed to write, it was like a disease, a drug, a heavy compulsion, yet I didn’t like to think of myself as a writer. Maybe I had met too many writers. They took more time disparaging each other than they did doing their work. They were fidgets, gossips, old maids; they bitched and knifed and they were full of vanity. Were these our creators? Was it always thus? Probably ...more
Rachael
Feb 13, 2014 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. See a lot of 'eh' reviews. Have no idea if it's my own involvement in film, writing and Los Angeles of the past that makes this tale a spark of real life. I believe it's the writing alone that does it.
This is Bukowski as Bukowski, not 'Hank'.

'Hollywood' was and still is a pleasure to read. A must have for any screen writer, rags to riches bum, alcoholic literary being, or the real reason to read Buk or Fante.. the Clean Line.

It's the story of 'Barfly' (a Bukowski book) and the
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Tom Steele
If you read this book you really should see the movie Barfly, which is the movie Bukowski talks about in this book. The book has a ton of references to that film here as well as references to his life before recognition. It is easily the tamest Bukowski I've ever read and to be honest it was almost awkward at times just how subdued he managed to be. Therefore, it is somewhat ironic that it deals with the film which chronicles him as a scrappy young drunk but it is also interesting to see how mu ...more
Erfan Mrz
May 15, 2016 Erfan Mrz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من هم یک احمق تمام عیار بودم که به میدان اسب دوانی می رفتم.ولی عملکردم از خیلی ها بهتر بود چون بعد از سالها رفتن به میدان یکی دو حقه کوچک یاد گرفته بودم.برایم فقط یک جور سرگرمی بود خیلی هم پول به باد نمی دادم.
اگر مدتی طولانی را در فقر گذرانده باشی دیگر پول برایت ارزش زیادی پیدا می کند.دیگر هیچ وقت نمی خواهی بدون آن سر کنی.بی پولی برای قدیسیــن و احمق هاست.
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Ana Carvalheira
Gosto de Charles Bukowsky! Gosto da sua irreverência, do seu alcoolismo assumido, do seu apetite sexual sempre insatisfeito, gosto da forma como se encaixa na vida, despreocupadamente, tendo apenas como pontos de interesse as corridas de cavalo, a escrita, a bebida e, claro, as mulheres! Tem fraca opinião sobre a humanidade, ideia com que simpatizo, adora gatos, sentimento com o qual me identifico e prefere o vazio da solidão ao ruído da futilidade, estado de alma que subscrevo totalmente.

Mas es
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Amir
May 31, 2011 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
نثر بوکوفسکی رو دوس دارم. نقطه ی ضعف حودش رو چنان نبدیل کرده به نقطه ی قوت که آدم مات و مبهوت می مونه
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Yair Ben-Zvi
Feb 09, 2015 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a soft spot for Bukowski, have had one since my days in community college and the early days of my time at university. That being said, I wouldn't call him a "great" author with the likes of Shakespeare, Kafka, Joyce, but, in an odd way, I don't think he was ever "meant" to be one of those kinds of authors. And no one seemed more honest about this than Buk himself. He dedicated his last book "Pulp" "to bad writing" (or something to that effect) and on his gravestone itself are inscribed t ...more
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Pardis Parto
دیگر نمی فهمیدم چه میگوید. فقط میدیدم لبهایش تکان میخورند. آدم ناخوشایندی نبود. فقط حضور داشت، همین. اصلاح لازم داشت و ما در هتل غریبی در بورلی هیلز بودیم و روی طاووس ها راه میرفتیم. دنیایی جادویی. ازش خوشم می آمد چون هیچ وقت مانندش را در گذشته ندیده بودم. احمقانه بود و بی عیب و امن.

ناگهان به شکل مسخره ای از همه چیز جدا شدم. با آدمها که هستم، چه خوب باشند و چه بد، تمام احساساتم تعطیل و خسته میشوند، تسلیم میشوم. مودبم، سر تکان میدهم. تظاهر میکنم میفهمم، چون دوست ندارم کسی را برنجانم. این یکی از ض
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ablomof
Jan 02, 2011 ablomof rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
خواندن این کتاب در مورد چندیدن موضوع میتواند شناخت مناسبی ارائه دهد:

اولین موضوع خود هالیوود است! بوکوفسکی سعی نموده که با لحنی طنزآمیز روند نوشتن یک فیلمنامه، تهیهکنندگی و کارگردانی یک فیلم را در فضای هالیوود شرح دهد همچنین از این طریق با بسیاری از اهالی سینما نیز شوخی نموده البته با تغییر اسامی.
به نظر من نوع دیدگاهی که بوکوفسکی از هالیوود ارائه میدهد در نوع خودش جالب توجه بوده و بسیار میتواند به شناخت محیط خاصی همچون هالیوود کمک کند اینکه روابط بین کارگردان و تهیهکننده و بازیگران و سایر عوامل ف
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Saeed tavakoli
بوکفسکی فقط مینویسه. از خودش. تمام نوشتههایی که ازش خوندم درباره خودشه. یک نوع بیماری نوشتن. بیماری خلق چیزی و از طرفی نابود کردن خودش با الکل. من این دیوانگی رو دوست دارم. نوشتههاش مثل خودشن، درباره خودشن. با اینکه خیلی جاها به نظر میرسه میخواد با خراب کردن آدمهای مشهور خودش رو بالا بکشه، ولی آخر سر انگار براش مهم نیست. اقلا برای من مهم نبود که به کسی بد و بیراه بگه.
تو هالیوود انگار یکی روبروی آدم نشسته و داره حرف میزنه. توصیفها خیلی کم. روایتهای موازی وجود نداره. شخصیت پردازی نداره. سارا انگار
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Ginny_1807
Nov 25, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi, america
Per Chinaski/Bukowski il raggiungimento del benessere economico e del successo può comportare una integrazione al sistema soltanto apparente. Pur nella manifesta soddisfazione di potersi godere una bella casa e una fiammante BMW nera ("Se vi dicono altrimenti, non credeteci. La vita comincia a 65 anni.”), i suoi eccessi sono quelli di sempre, soltanto un po' temperati dalle premure, neppure troppo assillanti, della giovanissima moglie "mandata dagli dei ad allungargli di dieci anni la vita ".
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mohsen pourramezani
Mar 13, 2015 mohsen pourramezani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, satire
بوکفسکی فیلمنامه ای می نویسد به اسم خراباتی ها و بر اساس آن فیلمی ساخته می شود
این کتاب داستان نوشتن فیلمنامه و دردسرهای ساخته شدن آن فیلم است
البته در داستان بعضی از اسم ها را تغییر داده مثلا اسم فیلم شده «رقص جیم بیم»، ژان لوک گدار شده «ژان لوک مُدار» و... داستان فیلم هم در مورد زندگی خودِ بوکفسکی است
در دوره ای که دائم الخمر بوده و کاری جز رفتن به بار و دعوا کردن نداشته
کتاب را دوست داشتم. ساده و روان است و تکه های طنز خوبی دارد. به نظرم حسن (و گاهی ضعف) بوکفسکی این است که خیلی ساده و صمیمی دا
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Will
Dec 21, 2008 Will rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best I can say about Bukowski is that you get what you expect. That's both praise and diminution. The art of his books is that they can inject his ego directly into your mind. When he's thrilled, your thrilled. When he's disgusted, so are you. The salvation of Hollywood is that most of the time he's bemused and curious. As plans go awry and the world upends, he's playing with a cat---"The cat liked to chase this piece of string."

Of course, that's the extent of it all. There's no de
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Alireza
Aug 24, 2015 Alireza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
كتاب به جز چند قسمت خوب چيز ديگه اي براي گفتن نداشت. و تنها راه نويسنده براي ادامه كتاب همين قطع و وصل كردن ساختن فيلم بود.
و البته جاي خوب كتاب جاهايي بود كه شخصيت هايي مثل ورنر هرزوگ و ژان لوك گدار و كاركترهاي معروف سينما رو وارد كتاب كرده بود.
Arcadia
Nov 03, 2015 Arcadia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, I wish I could give a 2.5 as a review. The dirty realism with which Bukowski's writes gets overbearingly simple at times, and as character John Galt says to Bukowski's alter ego Chinaski, 'Your stuff wil always sell. A child can read it.' It shows the degenerate side of Hollywood expertely, repelling, conceited, not at all glamorous. I will be reading more Bukowski, the book sparked the flame of interest within me, I'll give it that.
Seyed Pourya Salehi
من عاشقِ این لعنتیم
بهش پنج کیدم چون وقتی شروع به خوندن نوشته هاش می کنم، استرس تمام وجودمو فرا می گیره که: یعنی این کتاب تموم میشه؟ باید بازم غصه بخورم با تموم شدنش؟ بوکوفسکی فیلسوف نبود، اما گوه بودن زندگی رو قشنگ تعریف می کرد
Karky
Sep 18, 2012 Karky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a Chuck Bukowski kick back in 2004. I moved out of my father's house the year prior, inadvertently isolated myself from most of my friends, got a soul-draining job in retail, and fallen into a bit of depression (which hardly anyone noticed). Though I hardly remember what I read, it spoke to me because I was in a toxic environment and Bukowski wrote with an honest intensity that was lacking in my life at the time.

This is the only Bukowski book that stuck with me, and only because of a chara
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Sheyda Heydari Shovir
بوكفسكي بدجوري افتاده تو منجلاب باحال بازى و هويتى كردن باحالى. پيرى بهش نساخته و اون مناعت طبع جوونيشو ازش گرفته. الان دوس داره از هر كار باحالي كه كرده امتياز بگيره و هويت بسازه. آزارنده س؛ نميفهمي با يه پيرمرد سروكار داري يا با يه نوجوون. با اين حال كتاب سرگرم كننده ست.
Rafal
Mar 26, 2016 Rafal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charles-bukowski
To jest naprawdę fajna książka choć wspomniane wcześniej problemy z tłumaczeniem czasem bardzo drażnią. Bohater mówi dosadnie, czasem pijackim slangiem. I te fragmenty czasem są dość kuriozalne. Niestety sprawiają wrażenie dobrze wychowanego człowieka który chce na siłę zrobić wrażenie na kumplach.
Poza tłumaczeniem ta książka jest chyba najsłabsza z całej sagi Hanka Chinaskiego. Głownie dlatego, że Hank jest inny niż wcześniej. Drwi sobie z Hollywood ale równocześnie go ono pociąga i robi na ni
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Anna
Jan 05, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure when the average reader finds out that the book is a painfully obvious autobiography of Bukowski's life. But after looking at some of his other work, it's probably painful just to read that first sentence; most (a lot? all? I don't know) of Bukowski's work is autobiographical.

The concept of this book is best done as a short story, and it really is - don't let the amount of pages fool you. It's a simple read with nothing of a poetic nature. It's as if you're reading a part of Bukows
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Oriana Mata Valerii
May 16, 2012 Oriana Mata Valerii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Esta fue, tal vez, la mejor decisión que tomé luego de empezar a estudiar Cinematografía.
Es mi primer libro de Bukowski, y capaz fue la mejor manera de empezar a leer al viejo borracho.
Puedo decir que me encantó cada página de esta historia. La forma en que habla de Hollywood y sus excentricidades es sumamente sencilla y al mismo tiempo te atrapa hasta que no puedes dejar de leer.
Me dejó muchas enseñanzas y también metas que lograr, aunque a simple vista no lo parezca.
Pero bueno, genial. Diverti
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Elham Ghafarzadeh
هر چقدر فکر میکنم نمیتونم متعادل به این کتاب نگاه کنم. از یه نگاه خیلی خوشم اومد و از نگاه دیگه اصلا خوشم نیومد. اینکه خود ِ نویسنده یه مرد ِ عاشق ِ مشروبه و داستانی هم که می نویسه راجع به خودشه و تو داستان هم یه فیلمنامه می نویسه که باز راجع به خودش و مست کردنها و بار و بارمن هستش. این محیط برام زیاد ملموس نیست. اما نگاه سادهش به محیط و بیان ِخیلی جالبش باعث شد خیلی راحت این کتابرو بخونم و ترغیب شم تا کتابای ِدیگهای از بوکفسکیرو هم بخونم. به نظرم گفتن جملات خیلی جدی میون ِیه پاراگراف ِ نه چندان ...more
صدرا بوستانی
بعضیا میگن خوبه. بعضیا میگن مبتذله. من که خوشم اومد. و مطمئناً به هرکی که برسم توصیه میکنم بخونه. ...more
Hanieh Habibi
Dec 13, 2015 Hanieh Habibi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
خب من الان در صفحه 112 م. نفس گیره. من از بوکوفسکی عامه پسند رو خونده بودم. این کتابش به نظرم خیلی بهتره.
تو صفحه یه جمله ای داره که حیفم میاد ننویسم :
در جامعه سرمایه داری برنده ها بازنده ها را به بردگی می گیرند و بنابراین به بازنده بیشتر نیاز است تا برنده.

پ.ن: این نوشته کامل خواهد شد.
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Jim
Feb 20, 2016 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I have some friends who swear by Bukowski and revere him as a great writer, and perhaps this selection might not have been the premier example of his work, but I can't say that I was overly impressed. Yes, the story is decent, if you want to follow the seemingly autobiographical travails of an aging self-depreciating writer and drunk called upon to produce a screenplay he doesn't really want to do, and his acidic send-up of Hollywood (both people and entertainment industry, from the parties and ...more
Jey
Mar 06, 2016 Jey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat-lit
Favorite quotes from the book


- “...I’ve read everything you’ve written.”
- “That’s past. In the writing profession there are more
has-beens than anything else.”


"Jon-Luc kept right on talking. He was being dark and playing Genius. Maybe he was a Genius. I didn’t want to get bitter about it. But I had had Genius pushed at me all through school: Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Ibsen, G.B. Shaw, Chekov, all those dullards. And worse, Mark Twain, Hawthorne, the Bronte sisters, Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, it a
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Alfredo
Oct 25, 2014 Alfredo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando lee uno las críticas que la gente lanza a los libros de Hank, se encuentra con que la mayoría se refieren lo mismo a la temática abordada que al modo en el que esta es tratada. «Indecencias», dice algún alma pura, de esas que no faltan. «Porquerías», dice alguien con un marcado complejo higiénico. «Historias estúpidas de borrachos depravados», tercia el que, seguramente, es el representante local de AA. Por ahí va la cuestión.

Luego de leer lo que, sucintamente, he mencionado en el párrafo
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Faith-Anne
I heard a lot of good reviews about Hollywood. I'm a fan of Bukowski's poetry, but somehow this novel just didn't hold the magic that his poetry contains.
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands ...more
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