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South of No North

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  4,043 ratings  ·  146 reviews
South of No North contains some of Bukowski's best work. Among the short stories collected in the book are Love for $17.50, about a man named Robert whose infatuation with a mannequin in a junk shop leads him first to buy it, then make love to it, and then eventually fall in love with "her," much to the consternation of his real-life girlfriend; Maja Thurup, about a South ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 31st 2002 by Ecco (first published 1973)
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yeah, i went through my Bukowski phase too, although my phase was short lived. i probably would have given all of the books that i read an extra star if i rated them at the time that i read them. maybe i am not being fair. biggest lesson learned from reading Bukowski - don't date guys who idolize Bukowski. it never ever works out...
Dale Jr.
Bukowski's short stories aren't new to me. I've read through The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Tales of Ordinary Madness. Both of those were filled with some great shorts, but I'm left feeling a little disappointed with South of No North.

It's not that there aren't some good shorts in here. There are. Personally, "Bop Bop Against That Curtain", "Politics", "Love for $17.50", and "Pittsburgh Phil & Co." were a few of the highlights. Highlights, but not stunners. They didn't throw the right
"I pazzi e gli ubriachi sono gli ultimi santi della terra."
Po Po
This is a book of short stories. Dark, gloomy, brutal and real. I adore Bukowski's colorful vocabulary and rough 'round the edges vernacular.

Mohit Parikh
Bukowski is a no bullshit gangsta. He comes, he shoots, he leaves.
(Yeah, innuendo intended. A little bit.)
Cuentos de Bukowski. Uno de los «n» volúmenes editados en el mismo sentido por Anagrama y que constituyen la delicia de los que somos asiduos a la obra de Hank. Un volumen de cuentos que, por supuesto, repele a sus detractores como todos los demás. Cuentos firmemente anclados en el realismo sucio, en una cotidianidad gris y pastosa, en un día a día que podría ser el de cualquiera de los que leen esos mismos cuentos. Cuentos que no relatan nada espectacular: sexo, alcohol, carreras de caballos, h ...more
A motley and eclectic collection of good, funny, bad and disturbing short stories. I don't mind a bit lasciviousness (sorry been waiting to use that word) in stories I read, in fact I welcome it but there were several stories in this compilation that described some pretty violent sex and even rape which I found slightly disturbing because that is a practice that I could never in any circumstances condone. Having said that, there were other stories which were absolutely brilliant. I find the guy ...more
I was a big Bukowski fan in my twenties, reading all of his novels (bar 'Women' that I couldn't finish), a couple of his short story collections that were available in the UK at the time and two of his poetry anthologies. Noticing that this and another of his short story anthologies had recently appeared on Audible as audiobooks, I thought that I'd give them a try.

You pretty much know what you get with Bukowski. The short stories feature his alter ego, Chinaski pretty heavily, with all the drink
My first Bukowski book and instantly a favorite. Bukowski writes with the shock of his gritty reality. He's a drunk, a gambler, a womanizer and a cheat, yet he's incredibly endearing. When I finished the book I hated myself for loving it and relating to the main character/the writer. I can't wait to read more of his work.
Rob Kitchin
Bukowski’s prose is rich, whilst still maintaining a show rather than tell style, and there is much to admire in the writing. His short stories are often only a thousand words or so, but are vivid and engaging, and it’s clear why Time magazine labelled him the ‘laureate of American low life’. And even though the stories in South of No North clearly relate to his own life, especially those focused on Henry Chinaski (his childhood acne, his chronic alcoholism, his endless succession of jobs, his m ...more
Nina Rapsodia
Jun 19, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: nadie
Shelves: relectura, 2013, 2010

Es de conocimiento público que me encantan las historias de Charles Bukowski. No recuerdo si éste fue el primer libro que leí de el o lo fue Cartero, la cosa es que lo conocí cuando un amigo me esperaba en la estación del metro. Cuando nos encontramos él me paso un viejo ejemplar de la biblioteca y me dijo "Leete este cuento" ese cuento se llamaba "Deje de mirarme las tetas señor" y me reí tanto que supe que tenia que leer este libro de relatos. Y lo leí.

Hace poco lo vi en una venta de segund
Robin Friedman
Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) had a gift for creating evocative titles. The title of this book, "South of No North: Stories of the Buried Life" (1975) captures hauntingly the sense of loneliness, alienation, and aloneness that underlies the 27 short stories in this volume.

Bukowski began writing short stories at an early age while he supported himself doing odd jobs and through work at the Post Office. He then turned to poetry and, eventually, to writing novels at the urging of John Martin of Blac
Charles Bukowski once said, "Genius might be finding a way to say something complicated in a simpler way, or something relatively easy to explain in an even simpler way," or something like that. Re-reading this and Tropic of Capricorn (my favorite Henry Miller) at the same time, I realized something: the writing in both books is from (and about) the same part of American history--to be general I'll say the 1940s--but Miller was famous at least a decade and a half before any of Bukowski's work wa ...more
South of No North is one of Bukowski's legendary short story collections, and it actually contains a few of the more unique stories, the ones that aren't about the autobiographical character of Hank Chinaski. In particular, after reading about Bukowski's problems with acne as a youth in Ham On Rye, it was interesting to discover his problems with hemorrhoids in All the Assholes in the World Plus Mine.

Interestingly, many of Bukowski's works have lent their title to albums and songs by bands acros
I'm starting to feel like we're old friends, Bukowski and I. This book had stories I'd heard before but like a good friend, I listened anyway and pretended I hadn't heard them before. Because that's what you do. Because the story will be told a little differently and it never hurts to be reminded. This book showed his violent side a bit more which made me think, "do I like him less?" Surprisingly, no. He's a bastard but, I suppose, all points of view have merit and I love his writing style. So, ...more
Mark LaMountain
Great Bukowski stories. Gritty, grimy, funny Bukowski. I bring this book a lot of places with me and when I begin to recognize how desperate and sad the world can be I crack this baby open and am reminded that it's all just some sort of sad joke that ya kinda have to laugh at. Pick any story, it'll do the trick at making this game a bit more bearable. No hating on him being rough on women, he at least gives the crazies a crack at it and really they're all insane and I'd say he takes it easy on e ...more
Sergio Andrés
No leía un libro de Bukowski desde, probablemente, los quince o dieciseis años. Nunca había leído sus cuentos; simplemente devoré -en su momento- Factotum y El Cartero, dos libros que me parecieron increibles. Y nada más. Adiós Bukowski por al menos muchos años. Encontré este libro y me dieron ganas de leerlo. Me gustan los relatos cortos y evidentemente, Bukowski escribió tantos cuentos cortos que es un rey en eso. Uno piensa en el viejo Charles y piensa, "ok, leo alguna de las novelas, algunos ...more
Sex, alcohol, poverty, dirt and hopelessness as main topics of the short stories. Some of them seem really disgusting and can even make you stop reading. But if you go on you will find other levels of Bukowski's poetry: a kind of magical realism (eg. The Devil Was Hot about the man-devil, or No Way To Paradise with small people in the cage treated as simple toys) and even a couple of moments that make you believe again in this world. Detestable but profondly human.
Trevor Zaple
The poet laureate of the flophouse set, the patron saint of gamblers and drinkers and whorers, Charles Bukowski can be a bit difficult to read at times. Not in the sense of his prose, as it's short, sharp, and to the point; in the sense of the rampant grime that is slathered all over his stories. The men here are desparate, often drunk, usually engaged in squeezing the last little bit out of their housing situation before the landlord comes and tosses them out into the fragrant L.A. night. Down- ...more
"Loneliness" was a perfect start, "Politics" was very good and “No Way to Paradise” and “A Couple of Winos” were very funny.

"Love for 17.50", the only story I'd heard of before starting, was amusing.

“Maja Thurup” – Everyone should read this story. Hilarious.

“The Killers” – I get all comfortable with Bukowski and then he throws in a story like this. Extremely disturbing. Makes me feel guilty for laughing at the earlier stories.

"The Man", well, let's just say that this is a story where I think B
From sex, to booze (much inebriation), to murder, rising and falling. Charles Bukowski shows his nack for the short story. His method is holding nothing back, everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful are laid bare in each of his stories. Most of us can't even tell the truth to ourselves, but Bukowski lays it out for the world, a cathartic perusal of the human soul. Charles Bukowski is both a genius and an LA sob story; the gritty and the bleak matched with scorn for the winners ...more
This is an anthology of short stories all concerning the less glamorous parts of Southern California from a period of time spanning from the Old West to the book's 1973 publication date. Several of them share a protagonist, the alcoholic ne'er-do-well Henry Chinaski who narrates most of the stories he appears in.

Bukowski seems to have aimed for a "depressing, funny and kinda scary all at once" feel and for the most part he succeeded. Stories like the aptly titled "All the Assholes in the World a
South of no north was harsh, rash, ascetic collection of short-stories, the overall feeling of the book was plain yet covered in hurt that poured from somewhere deep inside the progatonists; The beginning of the collection seemed like it was going to be a number of stories not connected to each other, but the closer to the end it got the more it seemed like I was wrong - Bukowski started calling his protagonist Chinaski at a point, and as he never stopped, I suddendly had to realize I was readin ...more
Milena Ivanova

"Седнах на килима и се оставих на електрическата светлина и на алкохола, който маршируваше във вените ми като на парад, като на щурм срещу тъгата, като на последна атака срещу лудостта."

"Всички гъзове на света, включително и моят"
Przemek Skoczyński
Zadziwiająco działa na mnie ta proza. Momenty, w których teoretycznie powinienem się krzywić z odrazą, wywołują uśmiech na twarzy. Tak naprawdę czuć w niej więcej dystansu do siebie i życia niż wskazywałaby na to tematyka. Mały i żałosny człowiek ze swoimi mniejszymi i większymi słabościami, jest tu w sumie całkiem zabawny. "Tacy jesteśmy", co nie znaczy, że wszyscy chlejemy, boksujemy, uprawiamy sex gdzie popadnie i żyjemy na skraju ubóstwa. Dawno nie czytałem tak dobrych tekstów, mam obecnie o ...more
B.T. Hogan
Amazing short story collection. As much as I enjoyed his full length novels, Bukowski seemed more potent in short story form. The stories were punchier and to the point.
Decidi ler um livro de Bukowski porque comecei a tropeçar nele em todo o lado. Agora que já li, não sei que pense. Não estava à espera disto. Os primeiros contos chocaram-me, para ser franca, mas a meio do livro estava completamente confusa. Havia qualquer coisa em mim que achava que aquilo era genial, e por outro lado, algo me dizia: "Mas que é isto? Que raio de mentalidade retorcida é esta e porque é que eu estou a ler o argumento do Californication?". Já para o fim comecei a ficar completamen ...more
Varol Aksoy
beni tanıyan herkesin size söyleyeceği gibi, makbul biri değilim. kötü adamı sevdim hep, kanunsuzu, hergeleyi. iyi işleri olan sinek kaydı traşlı, kravatlı tiplerden hoşlanmam.

ümitsiz adamları severim, dişleri kırık, usları kırık, yolları kırık adamları. ilgimi çekerler. küçük sürpriz ve patlamalarla doludurlar. adi kadınlardan da hoşlanırım; çorapları sarkmış, makyajları akmış, sarhoş ve küfürbaz kadınlardan. azizlerden çok sapkınlar ilgilendiriyor beni.

serserilerin yanında rahatımdır, çünkü
Jim Krotzman
South of No North is a good collection of short stories. Too bad Bukowski has so many imitators now days.
Nihad Guluzada
Evveli yaxshi idi, sonra oz heyatindan yazmaga bashlayanda baxmayaraq ki, axici dille yazir, amma darixdirici idi. Bele umumi yaxshi kitab idi
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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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