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The Bell Tolls for No One

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  152 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Bell Tolls for No One is a book of previously uncollected short fiction by everyone's favorite dirty old man, Charles Bukowski. Beginning with the illustrated, unpublished 1947 story, "A Kind, Understanding Face," continuing through his famous underground newspaper column, "Notes of a Dirty Old Man," and concluding with his hardboiled contributions to 1980s glossy adul ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published July 28th 2015 by City Lights Publishers (first published July 13th 2015)
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Aug 06, 2015 Guy rated it liked it
Some wonderfully dark Bukowski brilliance (5 stars) mingled with some pornographic stories written for adult magazines (o stars).
Aug 15, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
As a big Bukowski fan not only did this book not disapoint, it's better than I expected. Each story is short and a pleasure to read, as with all Bukowski's writing there's no strain. Same old Bukowski magic, wish there a hundred writers as good as him.

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"Bukowski's world is hostile, full of runaway dysfunction, and populated by alcoholics, gamblers, adulterers, and abusers, all with few, if any, redeeming qualities ... It is Bukowski's embrace of this world, his insistence on its validity if not its value, that makes him unique ... Bukowski can be honest and direct, and he is capable of embedding meaningful observations in the most sordid of stories."

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"The brevity of the pieces collected here, some no more than two
Feb 19, 2016 James rated it liked it
This one has a typical mix of Bukowski's humorous and raunchy misadevntures as a Skid Row writer and drifter mixed with his more stilted, silly, and painfully corny stories that make me want to call bullshit, but Buk is one of those writers I always give a pass to because he saved my ass a few times over the years. I love his work, but these aren't his best. Still some entertaining and interesting pieces within, though. I'm actually only partway through, but I've read enough to see what I'm ...more
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Aug 07, 2015 Brian Pappas rated it really liked it
A lot of people talk about Bukowski in the raw... well, here it is. Problem is I think some of these early short stories might be too raw for people. I loved them, but I could see where a lot of readers would shy away from such writing.
Jul 17, 2016 David rated it really liked it
There's some decent enough stuff in here, but I already figured it wasn't going to be the good stuff. I'll still read it, but nothing particularly earth-shattering or anything like that. Still, it was okay.
Steve Freyne
Oct 26, 2015 Steve Freyne rated it it was ok
I'm a massive Bukowski fan, but, as I read somewhere, this is probably only one for fans, there's so much better Bukowski stuff out there
Oct 20, 2016 Jason rated it it was ok
Bukowski is one of my favorite authors. I hate to write this, but once you have read one of his short story collections, you have read them all.
Aug 29, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Chances are that people have very specific opinions on Charles Bukowski and his writing. I appreciate that and will not dissuade someone from their opinion. And if you haven't formed an opinion yet, the collection of stories in The Bell Tolls for No One provides a variety of his writing to educate you.

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An interesting collection of Bukowski's stories woven together, pulling from overly sexed stories an
Sep 12, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it
Uninhibited, raunchy, misogynistic and damn funny stores. Not the collection to share with those in your "safe space." Somewhat dated but enjoyable.
Dec 05, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Totally unnecessary and unfit for human consumption. This was Bukowski at his absolute worst. It was nothing but short stories about drugs, booze and nasty sex with humans and aliens. There was even a cameo with Adolf Hitler creating a master race of fart monsters. Of course I loved every second of this book but would only recommend it to the sickest of friends who like me, lean towards misanthropy.
Judy Golden
Sep 28, 2015 Judy Golden rated it liked it
My first experience of charles Bukowski and he was a good strong writer very earthy. It was a series of very short personal tales of him as a drinker and a sex lover. I think every story is true and he tells it like it was then.
After reading most of the book and the stories I realized nothing new was coming and I returned the book to our library.
I did enjoy the readings
Oct 19, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
This is not Bukowski's best stuff- but what do you expect from the 4th collection of his unpublished works? Like usual with Buk, his raw and declarative writing style takes a while to get used to, then it's just fun, as long you are not easily offended.
Jessica Christian
Aug 11, 2016 Jessica Christian rated it liked it
Well I wasn't expecting that, that was a very sexual book. I liked this writing the story was ok, I need to read more by him.
Oct 31, 2015 Alix rated it really liked it
Thoughts while reading: What the hell am I reading?
Thoughts after reading: What the hell did I just read?
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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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