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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  11,862 ratings  ·  411 reviews
Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinaski, returns revelling in his eternal penchant for booze, women and horse-racing as he makes the precarious journey from poet to screenwriter. 'Hollywood' is based on the author's experiences when working on the film 'Barfly'.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by Canongate Books (first published 1989)
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Jeffrey Keeten
”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
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
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
Bukowski racconta più o meno fedelmente la storia del suo film, dalla stesura alla serata della prima. Più che i soliti episodi legati alla sua vita, di interessante in questo libro c’è il suo incontro con il mondo di Hollywood, un universo che sembrerebbe essere lontano anni luce dalla sua filosofia di vita ma che poi, in realtà, diventerà affascinante anche per lui, il barfly per antonomasia. Un libro carino e gradevole che interessa per i dettagli sulla biografia dell’autore che si aggiungono ...more
نثر بوکوفسکی رو دوس دارم. نقطه ی ضعف حودش رو چنان نبدیل کرده به نقطه ی قوت که آدم مات و مبهوت می مونه
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
Yair Bezalel
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
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 ".
mohsen pourramezani
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Oriana Nataly
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
This is the story of the creation of the movie 'Barfly.' I definitely have to see the movie now.
I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
Chinaski has made it now, but nothing has changed but his zip code.
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
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.
Incredible book about an old mans look back on his unapologetic alcoholic life
Arthur Hoyle
Bukowski's take on making the movie Barfly with Mickey Rourke. Funny.
Hollywood is a thinly-veiled first-person account of Charles Bukowski's encounter with the Hollywood film world during the writing, financing, casting, production, promotion, and premiere of Barfly.

In a 1987 interview on a Barfly set with Roger Ebert, Bukowski briefly sets the scene leading up tp the the novel's opening:

"I picked up this phone one day and it was (Director Barbet) Schroeder calling from Paris. I'm drinking, I hung up. Never heard of him. Y
Um livro escrito para eternizar a desesperança que o álcool traz. O submundo da produção dos filmes serve de pano de fundo a uma outra história, essa sim, a que fará perdurar o livro: a que desfila entre garrafas e copos. Sinto tanta identificação com este Bukowski que era capaz de lhe dar zero estrelas como avaliação! Ok, mas se o fizesse, não o estaria a avaliar a ele mas a mim. Da intenção de lhe dar 0, passo para umas...5 estrelas. O pq de avaliação máxima? Estou ansioso que a alfaguara lanc ...more
Now, this book is quite different from other Bukowski's works I've read before. In here we meet the successful Henry Chinaski, the one who has made it and is finally able to make a living from his writing. In this context, there's no stark or brutal stories as we have known them from previous books.
In this one, Chinaski is a well known author who is offered to write a screenplay. The book tells the story of the process of the screenplay writing, and the production and shooting of the movie (Barf
Daniel Jon Kershaw
This is the 4th Bukowski I've read and the first that does not place alcohol in the forefront, even though it does heavily feature!

Hollywood charters Bukowski's experience writing Barfly - although in this novel he calls it The Dance of Jim Beam. I enjoy his outsider's-looking-in perspective of Hollywood and what a disingenuous world it is. Bukowski is criticised for a lot of things - misogynist, low-life, drunk etc, but you could never say the man is not honest about the failings of people, mos
Breezy, easy insight into the making of Barfly, which is a movie I liked before I read Bukowski. There's nothing affected about Bukowski - sure he lies and exaggerates, but that's something different. He's funny, gifted with access to the ore, and smarter than his casual prose. That's also the ah ha truth at the end of the book when a poet tells Bukowski that he'll always be read because he writes simple enough for children to read. This is true; but his writing is also rendered of all the fat o ...more
Ali Heidari
چارلز بوكفسكي طي قرار با يكي از آشنايان هاليوودي اش قرار است فيلم نامه اي بنويسد . اين فيلم نامه اي به نوعي قصه زندگي خود او در يك برهه زماني و در مورد الكلي بودن است . توي كتاب داستان نوشتن اون فيلم نامه و تهيه فيلم را مي نويسه با اسامي غيرواقعي كه البته تغيير داده شده اسمهاي واقعي است . از رفتار عجيب و غريب هاليوودي ها ، خواسته هاي هنرپيشه ها ، مشكلات تهيه پول ، چندين بار قطع شدن كار و ...

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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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