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Чарльз Буковски - культовый американский писатель XX века, чья европейская популярность всегда обгоняла американскую (в одной Германии прижизненный тираж его книг перевалил за два миллиона), автор более сорока книг, среди которых романы, стихи, эссеистика и рассказы. Несмотря на порою шокирующий натурализм, его тексты полны лиричности, даже своеобразной сентиментальности. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 2011 by Eksmo (first published 1983)
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It’s hard for me to review Bukowski. I love him. I’ll admit it. He can do no wrong in my eyes. I’ve read so many of his books that I find it hard to think new things about his writing. It’s more comfortable for me to forget about any enlightenment I may receive or any criticism I can come up with and, instead, let the dirty old man talk me into one of the most comfortable places I know. But I don’t think I have the ability to read a book anymore without giving a review. So, since I never have be ...more
Di tacche sul muro e di giraffe

Accanto all’ultima tacca segnata sul muro c’è scritto 1,75. Mi sono fermata lì e credo che la prima volta che lessi questo libro ero già arrivata a quell’altezza. Il che dimostra che fumare fa male, forse, che se inizi a fumare le tette non crescono più e tu non ti alzi più. Bukowski mi misura in altro modo. “Magari sarò alta uguale, ma vediamo un po’ se son cresciuta in altri modi, o se mi sono rimpicciolita”. E allora ogni tanto lo ritiro fuori dalla libreria e r
I am quite the fan of Bukowski. I enjoyed Factotum, Pulp, and Post Office in particular, and I think Ham On Rye is a work of art. Perhaps the only real catch to Bukowski's work is that he is something of a one trick pony. Don't get me wrong, though. It's still a good trick.

Where Bukowski fails in his writing (when he fails at all) is when he allows his nihilism to devolve into creative redundancy. He doesn't have very many points to make, and sometimes he tends to make them in the same way. Stil
My only prior exposure to Bukowski was Post Office and his enormous hipster rep. The former was a genuinely good read and seemed to justify the latter, or at least added weight to what otherwise seemed the tale of a lucky dirtbag who suffered from the occasional bout of insight.

However, these lusterless vignettes just sit on the page like the inert efforts of a lazy undergrad. Boasting atrocious dialogue and distracted endings, pretty much each story features a tough-guy character transparently
Mark LaMountain
More stories, some of the Best Buk stories they is :) Hate everything? Think the world is some sick place where everything we value is falsely raised to be somehow important when it all actually means shit? This is the book for you. Bukowski got it, and he also managed to write some crazy shit about it and lucky for you it can be find just in these pages. Crack her open, and instead of being angry that he's such a douchebag, be furious that you're not.
Ryan Werner
Three dozen tales of drinking and nihilistic tendencies show Bukowski at a literary high and the inhabitants of the world at a moralistic low.

German-born American author Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) had, at the time of 1983’s short story collection Hot Water Music (Ecco, ISBN:0876855966), made a career on taking his life-experiences and turning them into self-proclaimed “tales of ordinary madness.” With Hot Water Music, he uses breaks no new ground in his literary career, instead putting out ano
This is a good collection of short stories, all of which were very quick reads, so it felt like I made nice progress.

As for the stories themselves, they were vintage Bukowski, primarily focused on sex, booze, violence, and desperately dirty people. What really struck me while I was reading this collection is that Bukowski is, in a way, the evolution of literary naturalism. He focuses on down-and-out subjects, without skimping on the graphic detail, and he explores a world consisting of these typ
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شخصيت محوري داستان هاي بوکفسکي،هنري چيتانسکي نام دارد.او اديبي است بدمست که درباره همه امور با صراحت و بي رحمي نظر مي دهد،به موسيقي علاقه مند است و از زنان گريزان.
در داستان هاي موسيقي آب گرم،ويژگي هاي جامعه ادبي و روشنفکري آمريکا را از منظر يکي از اعضايش مي توان ديد؛اين کتاب شايد پاسخي باشد براي اين پرسش اهل جستجو که چرا جامعه روشنفکري آمريکا در داخل اين کشور در مقايسه با روشنفکران ساير جوامع ناکارآمد و به رغم توليد آثار جدي و قوي،در امور اجتماع کم تاثير است.
بوکفسکي روشنفکران يا اهالي مجتمع شعر
Jan 14, 2008 J.P. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: insomniacs
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David Fleming
This is the first thing I read of Bukowski's and his terse style seemed to me like a breath of fresh air. It's as if he copied Hemingway's style and then mimicked it to the point of caricature. And yet somehow I'm still saying that's a good thing.

I believe he took the potentiality of Hemingway's style and magnified it's unpleasantness in a manner similar to how Seth McFarlane exaggerated Matt Groening. Okay, maybe that analogy was pushing it but I love the way no thought or idea is too reprehen
Emalie Soderback
An explicitly brutal portrayal of human relationships, addiction, sexual ache and emotional carnage this book repulsed and attracted me in a way that only Bukowski can. It fueled many conversations of how writers put themselves into their work on different levels, leading to several questions revolving around the one bit in the book where a man swiftly asks for a match and then slits a stranger’s throat all in a few minutes and without a second thought. Why was this man a genius. I don’t know.

Tyler Koslow
Bukowski's collection of short stories address the destructive and lonely nature of human existence. This is usually made by most writers in an extravagant, fiction-like manner, but Charles Bukowski brings destruction into his work through the normal, everyday dirty work that portrays the dark side to human achievement and society. His collection helped me realize that my ideal, no matter how surreal, can still be found in everyday observations on human life. This type of realism that he uses he ...more
Karla Torres
Lo que ocurre aquí, es que no puedo darle más estrellas, DETESTO las recopilaciones, no me gustan, preferiría leer un libro de cada historia (aunque en este caso, algunas historias sean de 4 páginas, no importa) prefiero leerlas por separado, ¿Por qué? Ok, me gusta Bukowski, me gusta su estilo, me gusta su crudeza, pero aún así, hay historias que no me gustaron, o por lo menos no tanto como otras, entonces cuando me toca leer 2 historias seguidas que no me gustan (o más), me da un poco de pereza ...more
— Когато бях момиче, в квартала ни живееше една жена с 15-годишна дъщеря. Дъщерята беше неконтролируема. Майката я пращаше да купи хляб, а малката се връщаше осем часа по-късно с хляба, но след като се е изчукала с шест мъже междувременно.
— Ами според мен, майката е трябвало сама да меси и пече хляба си.

Последвахме Ейч Ар по стълбите, а после по коридора, боядисан в синьо и червено и лъхащ силно на убийство.
— Единственият хотел в този град, който се съгласи да
In comparison to South of No North, which I finished a few days ago, his other short story collections that I have read, and his novels, I didn't enjoy this collection quite as much.

You know what you're going to get with Bukowski, and while we have a little less Chinaski in this collection, there are characters with very similar characteristics, doing very similar things. At the same time, some of the stories were just a little fantastical, and a couple were just a little too close to the bone
Megan Henrich
I'm a big fan of Buk, and because of this, I did enjoy some aspects of this collection. I think it's reductive and pointless to talk about whether his work is sexist (though I will say this...he allows his female characters to do some interesting things because he didn't care whether readers found him sexist) or autobiographical and therefore mislabeled, and, far more damning, unimaginative and just stuck. People always talk about these things with regards to Buk and what I would like to do is t ...more
Ilario D'Amato
Appena completato l’ultimo rigo di questo libro, una volta alzati gli occhi dalla pagina non si può tornare a guardare “la gente” con gli stessi occhi di prima. Perché Bukowski ci introduce in un universo underground parallelo al nostro, che si innerva nella nostra quotidianità con le sue leggi e i suoi protagonisti, in cui si agitano misogini, pittori, assassini, poeti, stupratori, disoccupati senza ideali, asociali con velleità artistiche, inetti beoni che si lasciano scorrere addosso la vita, ...more
Cristóbal Martínez
Al abrir un libro de Bukowski se puede esperar de todo, excepto decencia.
Esto queda totalmente demostrado en Música de Cañerías (Hot Water Music), un conjunto de historias urbanas que rayan en la ficción erótica, la pornografía y la literatura gore, sin ser necesariamente parte de alguna de ellas.
Bukowski es un escritor siempre joven, cuyas historias, aunque distantes temporalmente, podrían estarse viviendo en algún sitio en el momento justo en que el lector recorre una vez más las líneas de uno
May 15, 2008 Scott rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Aspiring misanthropes
I picked up this book on a whim at a Barnes and Noble in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The first couple of stories seemed pretty edgy, but nothing over-the-top. The further I got, the more depraved the stories became--and yet, like a child peeking through his fingers during the gory parts of a horror movie, I was fascinated by these horrible, disgusting characters and the unspeakable acts some of them committed. Admittedly, this book is not for those with delicate sensibilities, but if you've got a ...more
May 02, 2007 liz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: assholes
Shelves: readforpleasure
By far, my favorite work by Bukowski. This collection of short stories is both beautiful and grotesque. He is such an ass, and he talks about such base and vile acts... yet I love it! I could not put it down; I simply had to find out what fucked up thing was going to happen next. I think that the beauty of Bukowski is that he turns shit into flowers. An act that you would never consider to be pleasing is suddenly shown in a more light. Taking a shit. Killing your wife. These things are such soci ...more
May 28, 2008 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Misanthropes, people with a secret freaky personaltiy, assholes, sex addicts.
Recommended to Samantha by: Charles
This is the first thing I have ever ready by Bukowski and I can definitely say I want to read more.
It is an incredibly engaging read and I often had to stop after one of the stories and ask myself "what the f**k?"
I think that Hot Water Music gives us insight into the mind of Bukowski and a sure idea of his character and personality. With each passing story they became more and more descriptive and bizarre. The writing is direct, unreserved and grotesque but I couldn't put it down
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Kelly Mac
i pride myself on having a stomach made of steel (canned pineapple chunks make my tongue retract and stomach seize, however), but this book made me gag. the man creates a narrator with an affinity for picking at his own hemorrhoids for goodness sake! when bukowski gets good and grotesque, your eyes will widen to a painful degree and you may miss your bus stop but the man's got one helluva way with the brutal honesty of getting old. this is what you have to look forward to, aging into an oozing h ...more
Klassischer Bukowski, allerdings Kurzgeschichten, die auf Dauer ein bisschen langweilig werden weil sich die Themen stets wiederholen.
Jesse Brakefield
Jan 31, 2008 Jesse Brakefield rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jesse by: Tony Cooper
This was the first Bukowski I ever read. It was a serious eye-opener. Naive of me I know, but in a way I didn't think people could write stuff like this, publish stuff like this. It's easy enough to get hung on the more lascivious aspects, the drinking and the sex and the violence, but what really set him apart was his honesty, and his lack of fear in expressing things about himself that are unpalatable, unflattering, and the way he makes me laugh with him, at him. It taught me how to really lau ...more
Este es el 5to. libro que leo de Bukowski y debo decir que me decepcionó bastante. Historias sumamente repetivas, genéricas, la gran mayoría tienden a tratar sobre el mismo tema. Casi pareciera un mismo relato repitiéndose una y otra vez con pequeñas diferencias en cada uno de ellos. Y aún así éste hubiera sido el objetivo del autor (lo dudo), no dejan de ser aburridos y hasta a veces demasiado vulgares, valga el chiste de quejarse de que Bukowski sea "demasiado vulgar". Pero con haber leído otr ...more
Nov 07, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buk fans, natch!
Shelves: jazznbeats
Thrilling collection of Bukowski short stories: lots of sex, booze and gambling, yeah!
"Home Run" is about the beating of a cocky bartender, "Broken Merchandise" is a brilliant account of road rage, "The Man Who Loved Elevators" is like a Todd Solondz movie about an apartment house sex maniac, and "900 Pounds" is about a fat guy in a bathing suit about to kill you. Other stories are nothing more than drunken phone calls, but the dialogue is very, very funny. This one never disappoints!
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.
bukowski is a good writer, I like his style of vignettes, his raunchy straight forward prose and ridiculous dark characters. but he's such a sexist its distracts from the moral of his pieces. I can't forgive him because of when he grew up or because he does it for the shock and awe. his stories continues and validates a very destructive and abusive attitude towards women. that's never okay, even if its "art".
Bukowski seems to think that to be a great American writer you have to act like Hemmingway and be a disgusting, drunken, misogynistic ass, but it's really the other way around, if you're Hemmingway, you get away with being like that because you're a great writer. I've been told this is basically his worst stuff, but I was very unimpressed and probably won't bother investigating him further.
Al Young
Barnes and Noble had a sale on a lot of Bukowski’s e-books so I took advantage. Because of the name, even used bookstores ask for top dollar for his stuff. I have read a lot of his poetry collections, but I have never read much of his prose (this book is a collection of short stories and is a well-known work of his)or long form novels, so this was a first for me.

HWM is what you expect from Bukowski, but the stories are generally taken to a ridiculous extreme. I don’t have a problem with that, an
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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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