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Il Capitano E' Fuori a Pranzo

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A book length collaboration between two underground legends, Charles Bukowski and Robert Crumb. Bukowski's last journals candidly and humorously reveal the events in the writer's life as death draws inexorably nearer, thereby illuminating our own lives and natures, and to give new meaning to what was once only familiar. Crumb has illustrated the text with 12 full-page draw ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published 2000 by Feltrinelli (first published 1998)
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Charles Bukowski's The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship is a loose collection of journals from the author's last few years alive. He knows death is near and, in between computer repairs and trips to the racetrack, reflects on how to approach his day to day life knowing he won't be on the planet much longer. I started and finished this book on a Friday night and, although I've drifted from Bukowski's work in the last couple decades, I'm glad I read this one.

Valentina Quiceno
Es increíble la forma en la que Bukowski retrata estos últimos momentos de su vida, casi prediciendo que estaba al borde de la muerte.
Mar 28, 2014 Domhnall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I have just been entering writers with the letter B into my Goodreads list and encountered this among my poets. I realised that I had omitted to read the book before today so I sat down and read it through in a few quiet hours. Apparently these journal entries are not classified as poetry but the book sits with my poetry and I am not moving it until I find a good reason why not. Maybe a writer later in the alphabet will sort this out for me.

Robert Crumb's illustrations are exactly the correct a
Mar 07, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creo que en este libro Bukowski no escribe para nadie más que para sí mismo.
Escrito en forma de diario, el autor habla sobre sus problemas, su oficio, el tiempo y su entorno. Se vislumbra un hombre que está a punto de morir y lo sabe, que empieza a ver lo que importa realmente y cómo se le ha ido el tiempo entre viajes al hipódromo y escribiendo sin parar; además de todas esas cosas que hacía.
Aquí caló hondo y no necesitó demasiado adorno ni florituras. Solo la verdad cruda y directa sin tanta p
Nov 02, 2013 Sharmeen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been a long time since i read Charles Bukowski and was a bit unsure about this book - being a diary he kept from 1991 - 1993 in LA before his death in 1994. I used to read a lot of Bukowski in high school, who i blame for my negative relationship with men and sexuality. But what is cool is how much writing he continued to do right before he died - and maintained the same cynical and absurd behaviours that he even hated in himself. He wasn't getting into fist fights and drinking to oblivio ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No hay que lamentarse por la muerte, como no hay que lamentarse por una flor que crece. Lo terrible no es la muerte, sino las vidas que la gente vive o no vive hasta su muerte.

Cuando escribo vuelo, enciendo fuegos. Cuando escribo saco a la muerte de mi bolsillo izquierdo, la lanzo contra la pared y la agarro cuando rebota.

Yo también estoy enfermo, de alguna manera. No me enfrento a al realidad. Pero ¿quién demonios quiere hacerlo?

Tonterías sin duda, pero me gustan mis tonterías. Incluso veo a Do
Digi Munoz
Jun 29, 2012 Digi Munoz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski's diary kept in his early 70's.

A little repetitive at times, as his days consisted of going to the races, pondering the human species, writing, fearing that he could no longer write, and loosing touch with modern society.

Perhaps my favorite quote came in the final chapter:

"Why are there so few interesting people? Out of the millions, why aren't there a few? Must we continue to live with this drab and ponderous species? Seems their only act is violence. They are good at that. They truly
Jessica Baxter
Sep 02, 2008 Jessica Baxter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best books about writing i have ever read. this should be required reading for all first year creative writing students. its also a brutal perspective on what it feels like to know you are dying. my favorite line:
"writing is when i fly, writing is when i start fires. writing is when i take death out of my left pocket, throw him against the wall and catch him as he bounces back."
Why is it that I have let more than fifteen years pass since reading my last Bukowski? I had always liked him. When he died in San Pedro in 1994, only a year after the last diary entry in The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship, I was surprised to see how busy he had been in his later years. Then, just a few months ago, I heard there was an exhibit of his papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino. I went on the last day and received the surprise of my life: The ...more
Mar 19, 2012 Simon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Bukowski The Captain Is out to lunch and the Sailors Have taken over
the Ship
With illustrations by Robert Crumb.

Well a cool title and a cool book of Charles
Bukowski's journals in the last couple of years
of his life, with great pictures by Robert crumb.
this was written at the same time as he was
writing Pulp.
It is great to read Charley coming to terms with
the computer age in his 70's and his frustration
when it crashes and he loses a load of work. As
well as plenty of time killed at
Apr 23, 2016 Vishal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easily digestible Bukowski, in the form of a journal written towards the later stages of his career.

You can tell the man has mellowed greatly, focusing most of his energies on the racetrack, writing with classical music in the background, and chilling with his wife and his 9 cats. As if Bukowski couldn't go higher in my estimation, he constantly professes his admiration for these enigmatic, zen creatures. Like a cat, Bukowski's writing tempers a predatorial ferocity with poetic grace.

What isn
Feb 04, 2009 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first posthumously published Bukowski books, illustrated by cartoonist R. Crumb, a selection of his journals just before he died. I've seen some of this writing in "Hollywood" and I'm pretty sure some of it rendered as poetry elsewhere too, but these are the original journal entries and have a good, sharp feel. I bought a copy of this book years ago before I was really sold on Bukowski and ended up selling it off. Got this used the other day and I have a feeling it's the same ...more
I read this book many years ago, thinking it was a book of Bukowski's poetry when I plucked it from the library shelf. It is actually passages from Bukowski's diary written in the last days of his life.

I actually liked Bukowski more after reading these pages. He seemed to have mellowed with age, to have turned into a not so bad old guy.
Aleksandra Rafailović
You, man, were a genius! Therefore, I'll drink a beer tonight. Or two. And will stare at my sleeping guinea pigs, considering I have no cats.
Nov 20, 2016 Kaloyana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Буковски - по-изморен, по-мъдър, по-тъжен и все така безпощаден и честен. Обичам го.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Bukowski and Crumb! The greatest alienation 'tag team' ever!
Parth Jawale
Feb 12, 2017 Parth Jawale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read Bukowski's Post Office and Factotum pretty much one after the other. So, this is me picking up a Bukowski after almost two years. Bukowski, I must say, is a lot like comfort food. You wouldn't expect a lot of surprises or twists and turns; you just kick back with some Chopin, some tea and enjoy the ride.

However, it is pretty evident that his life has boiled down to fewer, and simpler things, like classical music, cats, beer (gee, what a surprise!) and above all, writing. His interactio
seryal olcay
Oct 22, 2016 seryal olcay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daha once Kadınlar kitabını okumuş ve pek sevmemiştim, onüme bu çıkınca okudum. 73 yaşında olumunden 1 yıl once yazdığı bir nevi günlüğü gibi, içini boşaltması. Olume bakışı, hem korkuyor hem de benim gibi moruktan başka bir şey olmaz kabullenmesi, içki, kadınlar, herşeyin anlamsız olması, hipodromlar, orada rastladığı gerçek ama ona göre gene tiksindirici insanlar. Gerçek duygusunu aktarıyor, ve çılgınlık mı doğru olan yaşam bu mu sorusunu sorgulattırıyor. Ben sevdim, Bukowski delisi değilim am ...more
Mar 18, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had zero intention of purchasing this book but came upon it while in the essays/anthology section of b&n looking for something else. I picked it up because I saw Robert Crumb had illustrated it and immediately became intrigued. This was the first Bukowksi book I've read and interestingly, I'm not sure I would have developed such an affection for him had I started with his earlier stuff. The book is a collection of unpublished journal entries Bukowski wrote between 1991-1993 containing dail ...more
Rodrigo Curicó Fernández
"Cada nueva línea es un comienzo y no tiene nada que ver con ninguna línea que la han precedido. Todos empezamos de cero cada día. Y, por supuesto, no tiene nada de sagrado. El mundo puede vivir mucho mejor sin escritura que sin fontanería. Y en algunos lugares del mundo hay muy poco de ambas cosas. Claro que yo preferiría vivir sin fontanería, pero yo estoy enfermo (...) Todo el pasado no significaba nada. La reputación no significaba nada. Lo único que importaba era la siguiente línea. Y si la ...more
Andrés Cabrera
Dudé bastante entre las tres y las cuatro estrellas. Mi razón fundamental se debe a que siento que este libro trae al escritor: ese personaje que, en la obra de Bukowski, suele ser cínico y no muy abordado. Aquí, Bukowski escribe para sí mismo: habla de sus problemas, del paso del tiempo, del oficio al que se ha dedicado, de la gente que lo rodea y de los problemas de su época. Entre sus páginas, se dibuja al viejo que sabe que ya está próximo a morir, que empieza a aburrirse de todo menos de su ...more
"A writer owes nothing except to his writing. He owes nothing to the reader except the availability of the printed page...The best reader and the best human is the one who rewards me with his or her absence."

"Writing is when I take death out of my left pocket, throw him against the wall and catch him as he bounces back."

One of Bukowski's last novels. This one, written in journal form, leads us through a year or so of his later life... a 70 something old man, married and still writing, possibly w
Toni Cifuentes
Jan 21, 2016 Toni Cifuentes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una fenomenal culminación, el testamento de una vida, de un poeta, de un hombre que ha influido como pocos en la narrativa moderna. Estas notas dejan claro quién era Bukowski, su manera de pensar, de entender el mundo, lo que suponía para él escribir, lo que pensaba del resto de autores cuando ya tenía una pata metida en el hoyo. Y, mientras escribía, se iba apagando. Se nota en este libro, uno percibe cómo Bukowski se largaba al otro barrio. Le quedaba poco y él lo sabía, pero para él el mundo ...more
Josef Horký
Poslední Bukowského deníkové texty jsou v podstatě přesně takové, jaké člověk čeká: plné vzpomínání, sázek na koně, alkoholu, nadávání na všechno a všechny kolem (kromě počítačů!) a úvah o životě, umírání a nesmrtelnosti.
Což je zprvu zábavné, občas milé a po několika desítkách stránek, na nichž se moudra starého muže opakují a opakují a opakují, poněkud zbytečné.
Jsem však rád, že jsem díky těmto textům mohl vidět posun, jaký kapitán Bukowski za ty roky svého plodného života ušel.
Dec 08, 2015 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
..."Voy allí a sacrificarme, a mutilar las horas, a asesinarlas. Hay que matar las horas. Mientras esperas...Hay que tener horas imperfectas para obtener horas perfectas. Tienes que matar 10 horas para hacer que otras 2 horas vivan. De lo que tienes que tener cuidado es de no matar TODAS las horas, TODOS los años."
Lukáš Palán
Bukáč si to u mě dost solidně našlápl Škvárem a pak pekařským románem plným buchtiček s archaickým názvem Ženský, ale po Ejakulaci etc, mi i Kapitán připadá jako šlichta na jedno brďo. Ono je sice fajn číst pořád dokola o tom, jak se prcá, chlastá, sází a jací jsou básníci pičusové, ale ani já to nevydřžím číst nonstop. Díky bohu aspoň za to, že tam sem tam šlehne nějakou dobrou sobotní lajnu.
Francisca Prieto
Entramos por um diário de um Bukowski em fim de vida, bastante amadurecido (o que torna a leitura interessante por ser diferente daquilo a que estamos habituados), mas os temas são repetitivos. Vale a pena ler pelo valor da linguagem.
Apr 11, 2010 Amir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
دوس داشتم این کتاب رو. ممنونم از سوداروی عزیز که این کتاب رو به فارسی ترجمه کرد. وبلاگ سودارو لینک پایینی هست که میتونید کتاب رو دانلود کنید:
Jan 15, 2017 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five-star review for the following paragraph alone, about a bad day at the track: “I was back at my table. Three men had the next table and they had a little boy with them. Each table had a small tv set, only theirs was turned on LOUD. The kid had it on some sitcom and that was nice of the men to let the kid look at his program. But he wasn’t paying any attention to it, he wasn’t listening, he was sitting there pushing around a rolled-up piece of paper. He bounced it against some cups, then he t ...more
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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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