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4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,133 Ratings  ·  206 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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Jen
Sep 03, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
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...
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
جنوب بلا شمال

( إن كنت ستحاول، ف اذهب حتى النهاية، وإلا، فلا تبدأ)
تشارلز بوكوفسكي


يعود بطل بوكوفسكي المفضل و النسونجي - هنري تشيناسكي - في هذه المجموعة القصصية للضوء من جديد ليكتب عن سيرته في أرضه المجهولة الطاعنة في البذاءة ، القصص بحواراتها المقحمة بحرفنة و بأسلوبها المباشر الممتع و الرّث أخلاقيًا شكّلت لي كقارئة تجهمات أدبية أو تهجمات أدبية - لا فرق - تحاول التغلب على محلّية التعبير السائد في امريكا حينها المتسم بالشبق البارد أو المعدم، حيث الجرأة مدروسة و الواقع لا زال يتغنى بالحلم الأمريكي وي
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Kamran
May 18, 2015 Kamran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
گوش کن،دار و ندارمو می دم بهت که برگرده پهلوت.من فقط می خواستم یه کار خیری کرده باشم
مگه نمی دونی تو این دنیا سر خیرین چی میاد؟-
چرا،اخرش وایمیستن سر خیابون هفتم برادوی به فروختن مجله سوپر -

پنج داستان کوتاه این کتاب (نسخه ترجمه فارسی)همگی در دهه هفتاد میلادی نوشته شده اند.بوکوفسکی - شکست خورده،فقیر،دائم الخمر و غالبا بیکار اما با روزنه ای امید که هنوز ته نکشیده - خود شخصیت مرکزی تمام این داستان هاست. فضاسازی کتاب نیز با وضعیت و روحیه بوکوفسکی تطابق دارد: میزهای چوبی قدیمی و مستهلک،قهوه های پنج سن
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Fahad
Dec 31, 2015 Fahad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
جنوب بلا شمال

على القارئ أن يتفهم هذا النوع من أدب الحانات والمشردين، حيث تفوح من النص رائحة البول، ويمتلئ بالسكارى والعاهرات، قد لا يحبه ولا يتآلف معه ولكنه يعبر عن مرحلة معينة في الأدب الأمريكي والعالمي، لم يعجبني من المجموعة إلا قصة واحدة فقط، كانت تعرض تطور شاعر صعلوك وصعوده مادياً ومعنوياً، وكيف تغير وتطور ذوقه في الكحول والنساء.
Alia (بلا همزة)
كما ذكرت لأحد الاخوة حين سألني ان كنت انصح بقراءته ام لا
فكانت اجابتي
بانني لا اعلم ان كنت ساشجع اي شخص لقراءته ام لا
فقد وصلت تقريبا منتصف الكتاب واكاد اجزم انه لم تمر صفحة واحدة بدون كلمة بذيئة او فكرة كريهة او شاذة تفوح منها روائح كريهة ! ولكن ادبيا ونظرا للبيئة التي اختارها بوكوفسكي فقد اجاد فعلا التعبير عن الشخصيات التي عكست هذه الشريحة وطبيعة هذا النوع من البشر اعني السكيرين والمشردين والخ..استمراري في قراءته برغم كل العيوب دليل انه اسلوبه غير ملل وينساب بسهولة بدون تكلف. واخيرا اعجبت بوا
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Pooriya
Oct 02, 2015 Pooriya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-story
«هیچ کار آبرومندی وجود نداره. اگه نویسنده نتونه از راه خلاقیت نون بخوره، مرده.»
«وای، بس کن کارل! میلیون میلیون آدم تو این دنیا هس که از راه خلاقیت نون نمیخورن. میخوای بگی همهشون مردهن؟»
«آره.»
«اونوقت تو روح داری؟ تو یکی از اون معدود آدمای ذیروج هستی؟»
«چنین پیداست.»
«چنین پیداست! مردهشور خودتو ببره با اون ماشینتحریر فکسنیتو! مردهشور خودت و اون چکهای صناریت! ننهبزرگ من از تو بیشتر پول در میآره!»
«آبجو! آبجو! خدا لعنت کنه خودتو آبجوتو باهم! نو داستانات هم هس.»
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Po Po
Apr 19, 2014 Po Po rated it liked it
This is a book of short stories. Dark, gloomy, brutal and real. I adore Bukowski's colorful vocabulary and rough 'round the edges vernacular.

Delara Hazegh f
Absurd... Totally absurd
Who the heck does he think he is messing with papa?!! Seriously?
Awfully horrifying catastrophic!!
Mohit Parikh
Dec 09, 2013 Mohit Parikh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: przc3xx
Bukowski is a no bullshit gangsta. He comes, he shoots, he leaves.
(Yeah, innuendo intended. A little bit.)
Dale Jr.
Nov 29, 2012 Dale Jr. rated it liked it
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
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Araz Goran
القارىء نفسه يخجل أن يقرأ هذه الأشياء فلا أدري كيف تمكن بوكوفسكي من كتابة كل هذا الفحش والبذاءة في كتاب واحد..كاتب فاحش شهواني محض، لا يمت للأدب بصلة..
Koen Kop
Nov 21, 2014 Koen Kop rated it did not like it
The majority of these stories are (semi-?)autobiographical. What does Bukowski's alter ego do? He drinks, he fucks. He's a bum. When he's not on a drinking or fucking spree he tries (and fails) to hold down any mean job, or he's in hospital recovering from some booze-induced ailment. He hates his fellow men that are clean-shaven and have steady jobs. (I like clean-shaven men with steady jobs: more often than not they are decent, idealistic people with a self-deprecating sense of humor that arise ...more
Chuff
Aug 14, 2015 Chuff rated it liked it
In the middle of a divorce with nightly whiskey when I didn't believe in anyone anymore I saw myself in Bukowski's gritty, depraved world, and he spoke to me. "Yeah!" I'd say out loud, reading him. With his strange, festering, throwaway, penniless lifestyle which somehow made room for snobbery about classical music and the "good writers," I could scratch my neck, still damp from alcohol and overdue air conditioners, and clink my glass to nobody, alone with his book on my lap. But peeking back in ...more
Gino
Dec 30, 2010 Gino rated it it was amazing
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.
Allan
Jul 12, 2014 Allan rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
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Robin Friedman
Aug 30, 2013 Robin Friedman rated it really liked it
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
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Alfredo
Nov 04, 2013 Alfredo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mat
Apr 26, 2012 Mat rated it liked it
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
Meredith
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
Ihsan Alattar
May 14, 2016 Ihsan Alattar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في غرفة الانتظار في المستشفى نظرت فتاة صغيرة الى وجوهنا الرمادية والبيضاء والصفراء ، وقالت : الجميع يحتضر ! لم يجبها احد ، قلبت صفحة عدد قديم من مجلة التايم.
بعد ملء أوراق روتينية وأخذ عينات البول والدم ، أخذوني الى جناح مكون من اربع غرف في الطابق الثامن ، وعندما سألوني عن ديني أجبتهم : كاثوليكي ؛ لانقذ نفسي من نظرات وأسئلة عادة ما تتبع التصريح عن الدين ، تعبت من الجدال والروتين البيروقراطي ، كان مستشفى كاثوليكيا ، ربما سأحصل على خدمة أفضل او تبريكات من البابا !!

جنوب بلا شمال ... بوكوفسكي

ثمان و
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Rob Kitchin
May 14, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: nadie
Shelves: relectura
4.5

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
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Maki Nasreen
Para mi Bukowsky es toda una atmósfera, es la belleza callejera, la "mierda fértil". Antes de "Se busca una mujer" había leído cosas dispersas de él en la red, "The Charles Bukowski Tapes", "BArfly", etc. Pero este librod e relatos ha sido especial porque es el primero con el que paso más tiempo, incluso estando en tránsito por espacios bastante "bukowskianos"...que hay en todas las ciudades. Algunos de sus relatos aquí compilados son simplemente maravillosos y muy profundos tales como "Política ...more
Zack
Mar 18, 2009 Zack rated it it was amazing
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
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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
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Mohammad
Aug 08, 2015 Mohammad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
طنز داستان ها از جنس طنز کتاب عامهپسند بود،ولی نه به طولانی و مسخره بودن عامهپسند
حیف که از 24 داستان مجموعه اصلی فقط 5 تا تو این کتاب هست.نمیدونم چه دلیلی داشته که مترجم داستانای بیشتری تو کتاب نیاورده.
!!!داستان کلاس فوق العاده بود،اینکه با همینگوی مسابقه بوکس بدی
!احساس میکنم مترجم کلاه سرم گذاشته با این حال داستانارو دوست داشتم
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Anas Almansuri
Jan 03, 2015 Anas Almansuri rated it really liked it
A great collection of short stories, some taught me stuff about life, some kept the wheel of cynicism running, and some blew my mind away.
Mark LaMountain
Dec 20, 2008 Mark LaMountain rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-again
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
Aug 14, 2014 Sergio Andrés rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jack
Jun 23, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it
(Wow, I get preachy in this one...Haven't done that in awhile.)
A collection of 27 short stories for the angry, depressed, alcohol dependent, self-hating side of the white American male. A pretty solid set of glimpses into the mind of a arrogant and lonely misogynist, which, I believe, are traits that a majority of men also have, due to the sociocultural environment presented to them since elementary school. The idea that men are suppose to grow up unmistakably manly: be tough, work hard, get ric
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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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