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Notes of a Dirty Old Man

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,039 Ratings  ·  315 Reviews
Collection of Bukowski's columns from the underground newspapers Open City and the Los Angeles Free Press. "People come to my door—too many of them really—and knock to tell me Notes of a Dirty Old Man turns them on. A bum off the road brings in a gypsy and his wife and we talk... drink half the night. A long distance operator from Newburgh, N.Y. sends me money. She wants m ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published 1970 by City Lights Books, San Francisco (first published 1969)
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Caris
Oct 24, 2008 Caris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been three long days since I finished Notes. Under ordinary circumstances, this is where I'd move on to something else and forget everything about it. The whole reason for joining good reads was to keep track of all those books I simply cannot remember reading. Almost everything I pick up seems to be destined for this list- an attempt to remember the forgotten...the fallen comrades who have helped shape me into who I am today. If it sounds dramatic, maybe it is.

This one, though, isn't easy
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Chris_P
Picture an alien. Let's say, for convenience sake, he has a completely human appearance. He crashed on earth a few hours ago and now wanders around in a city whose name is irrelevant, while trying to get used to the possibility of having to spend the rest of his life among humans. See him as he walks through a park absorbing images and smells, pausing every once in a while to take a closer look at whatever catches his attention. Starting to feel tired, he heads toward a bench. Just before he sit ...more
Bryan Mclellan
Jul 02, 2008 Bryan Mclellan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abner
Recommended to Bryan by: Amazon
Rating books with stars, like bars or restaurants or anything else is pretty silly.

This was a good book to read at night while drinking pints at pubs in Seattle. A collection of "articles" from a small(?) paper in Los Angeles (?), there's no apparent chronology or order of any kind to them. If there is, it's deep an intellectual.

And after all, an intellectual takes something simple and makes it complex, while an artist takes something complex and makes it simple. (Indirect book quote)

I'm reminde
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Karky
Sep 18, 2012 Karky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Io?
May 05, 2015 Io? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, american
"...il mondo fa di noi uomini (e donne) dei pazzi, e perfino i santi sono dementi, non si salva niente. così vaffanculo. ottimo. stando ai miei calcoli ho avuto soltanto 2500 pezzi di figa ma ho visto 12.500 corse dei cavalli, e se posso darvi un consiglio, ecco qui: datevi alla pittura ad acquarelli."

Almeno una volta all'anno ho la necessità fisica e mentale di ritornare con i piedi per terra e osservare la realtà intorno a me senza -ismi vari e cazzate simili. Riscoprirla per quello che è, in
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Steve
Jan 24, 2009 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one really
Shelves: fiction
I was expecting something witty and intelligent, what I got was violent, crude, misogynistic and highly unpleasant, in the beginning at least. After a few tens of pages it settles down into a more, well mostly, stable narrative; almost like Bukowski wanted to put off the reader from delving further into the book. Beneath the vulgarity, self-loathing and woman hating, there is a glimmer of something. Perhaps it is, as the reviews on the back cover suggest, about the futility of life. It could be ...more
Elise
Feb 27, 2013 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one is not for the faint of heart, the delicate, nor the easily offended, but if you are bold, daring, and curious, it is somewhat entertaining. The rants, stories, and prose poems collected here are uneven in quality, but enough of them held my interest so that I was able to finish reading "Notes of a Dirty Old Man." Bukowski is so unflinchingly honest about everything, so don't read this if you can't handle the truth. He also exposes things some might wish they had never seen--prostitutio ...more
sweet jane
Ένα ακατέργαστο διαμάντι που αν δεν το προσέξει κάποιος καλά το περνάει για σκουπίδι. Αυτό είναι ο Μπουκόφσκι και τα βιβλία του. Δυστυχώς, το εν λόγω βιβλίο αδικήθηκε πολύ από την μετάφραση του. Κρίμα να αλλάζει ο τρόπος γραφής σε βιβλία συνέχειας...
Nina Rapsodia
Aug 16, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusta los textos raros
Recommended to Nina by: nadie
3.5

Entonces poco a poco me voy haciendo con la colección de textos y relatos de Bukowski y voy armando mi colección. Claro, me encantaría leerlos en inglés, pero ahora mismo no estoy en capacidad para comprar libros. Ya he hablando y reseñado varias veces de este autor y de su peculiar visión de expresarse y ver el mundo. Entre los títulos que he mencionado están dos libros de relatos y una novela corta. En este caso es un poco diferente lo que esta libro tiene para ofrecer.

Resulta que en los a
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Cleopatra
Το κείμενο του Μπουκόφσκι και τα σκόρπια αποφθέγματα του σίγουρα αξίζουν 4 αστέρια, η μετάφραση όμως κατέστρεψε αυτό το υπέροχα αιρετικό κείμενο.
Michael Seidlinger
So dirty.

So drunky.

So angry.

Truly like an American Celine.

Raegan Butcher
Bukowksi worked well when given every writers dream: carte blanche to write whatever he felt like writing, only to have it reproduced by the LA FREE PRESS and on the streets in a week, being read by thousands. Bukowski himself writes of the magical feeling of having the freedom to write whatever he wanted and the sudden notoriety he aquired with his new exposure. This collection of stories, as opposed to the ones collected elsewhere, show him still experimenting with a variety of forms and these ...more
Rupert Owen
Apr 29, 2014 Rupert Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I have returned to Henry Chinaski (Charles Bukowski) and through Notes of a Dirty Old Man, I was taken on yet another sometimes befuddling and sometimes profound reading experience. Bukowski mixes his prose with personal anecdotes and downright ridiculous absurdity, like a train wreck of thought. As he was churning these out for the Open City press, I gather Bukowski would have been writing many of the stories for his own amusement, just to see how far he could stretch ...more
Travis Roberson
This is the lowest I've ever rated a Bukowski book.

I think Bukowski says it best in the beginning, during his time writing for Open City, the paper was so busy that the editor often accepted Bukowski's pieces without second glance, more than likely due to his recent brush with success. If this book has taught me anything it's that editors are there for a reason. I'm no stranger to Bukowski, but this collection is just awful. The stories either go absolutely nowhere or break off into some half-as
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Mat
Jul 22, 2013 Mat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat
Like South of No North, this book has its ups and downs, although I like Notes of a Dirty Old Man slightly better for several reasons. There are some really, really interesting and great short stories in this book and there are some really weird, messed-up ones which leave you saying or thinking WTF?

This is a collection of articles that Bukowski wrote in his column for OPEN CITY over about a 11-month period.

This book has reconfirmed for me the fact that Bukowski is best at this form of writing
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Andrés Cabrera
Esperaba un poco más de este libro. Si bien sé que es un texto absolutamente secundario dentro de la bibliografía del autor (no deja de ser un compilado de los supuestos mejores escritos que Bukowski escribió para el periódico Open City), encontré relatos poco acabados y bastantes errores de redacción. De hecho, pareciera como si este libro hubiese pasado por un traductor (al menos en español) bastante desprevenido. Rescato un par de ensayos interesantes; siendo, tal vez, el más destacado aquel ...more
Semina
Apr 29, 2015 Semina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I believe you can't read Bukowski in any kind of mood, at whatever time of day, month, year, at whatever temperature... And so on. Everything has to be right.

It either has to be a clear spring day and it's not too hot outside, while you're sitting at your desk, lying in your bed in the middle of the day, slightly dizzy from your allergy pills or it's a November evwning and you're coming home from a night out in a tram, people pushing and squeezi g you and you're rather tipsy from those couple of
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sweet jane
Oct 01, 2015 sweet jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η γνωστή αγαπημένη γραφή του Μπουκόφσκι, ατελείωτες ιστορίες σκληρής αληθινής γλώσσας για τον αμερικανικό κόσμο. Φύγαμε για το δεύτερο μέρος!
Robert Jonsson
Jul 27, 2014 Robert Jonsson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En snuskgubbes anteckningar består av en samling historier som Bukowski veckovis skrev till undergroundtidningen Open City i Los Angeles. Texterna är mest krönikoliknande, men rymmer oxå saker som tre dagars fylleanteckningar nedkrafsade på kartonger. Några tenderar även att röra sig mer åt novellhållet, det alla har gemensamt är dock att det är förbannat roligt. Boken rymmer historier som: 135-kiloshoran, den prickiga mannen, en jäkla baksmälla och min favorit, den frusne mannen. Sen är jag sål ...more
Rob Charpentier
Apr 10, 2016 Rob Charpentier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Mark L. Kidd
Shelves: journalism
Journalism? Bukowski? Technically, yes. These writings were all first published under the by-line of “Notes Of A Dirty Old Man” in a Los Angeles free weekly called “Open City” between the years of 1967 – 1969. They largely consist of the usual semi-autobiographical fare from the author in the form of short stories and a few poems but they are essentially really more of a grab bag collection of odds and ends on a variety of subjects. Naturally, due to the confines of the printed page of the newsp ...more
Dania
Nov 28, 2011 Dania rated it it was ok
I really don't get what makes Bukowski so profound. Notes of a Dirty Old Man is the ramblings of a drunk and dirty gambler, always looking for his next drink or screw. Bukowski's writing is called Dirty Realism. That pretty much sums this particular book up. This book is a collection of little snippets of stories, based on Bukowski's life. He has no goals or aspirations. He barely works. The only thing he seems to have going for him is a large penis, but in my opinion, he's so dirty, smelly, and ...more
Kate Bradley
I have always liked Bukowski's poetry because of his style - even in his most disturbing stories, he manages to summarise quite complex feelings into dirty, nasty epigrams. He's good with words and I'm glad that's recognised.

But he's also a foul person, and the content of Notes of a Dirty Old Man is deeply unpleasant. Don't pretend to yourself that this is "realism" in the sense that millions of people experience it every day of their lives - when was the last time you heard of someone having se
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Jack Stevenson
Mar 11, 2013 Jack Stevenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a collection of Charles Bukowski's writings for an underground newspaper from the late 1960s. It's semi-autobiographical in that some appear to be true stories from his life, some are blatantly fictional, and some are written from the viewpoint of his alter-ego.

This book isn't going to be for everyone. Bukowski is an unapologetic dirty old man, as the title of the book would suggest, and positively revels in stumbling around America, drinking and fighting and having sex with
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Scott
Sep 29, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick background on my exposure to Bukowski:

A number of years ago, I watched the Bukowski-scripted movie Barfly, starring Micky Rourke as Bukowski's alter-ego, Chinaski. It's a pretty good flick, which introduces the man's proclivity for drinking and fighting, as well as his exceptional talent for writing poetry and generally being character.

Much later I read "Women", which is a largely autobiographical novel that once again uses the Chinaski character to see the world through Bukowski's eyes.
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Ada
May 27, 2013 Ada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unashamedly vulgar and crude entries by Bukowski, all in keeping with anything else you might have read by him or heard of him. Quite what is fact and fiction is at times hard to decipher but there is a distinctly auto-biographical element to this. Common themes, as expected, extend from casual misogyny and liberal sexual intercourse, to wayward and hapless contemporary American existence accompanied by an empty bottle of alcohol and frequent travels and jumping ship.

I like Bukowski though. It'
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Ilana
Mar 02, 2010 Ilana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Bukowski since I was about 22 years old, and frankly was a little nervous that I'd find that I'd outgrown him since. But, I was in the mood for something masculine, and the new edition down at MLK struck my eye, so I checked it out.

I was pleasantly surprised! Bukowski seems less juvenile than I remembered, and less overtly sexist than the Beats who followed him. His musings on sports, sex, and getting older seemed strangely profound at times; I think the format of the book--3 or 4
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Rosa Ramôa
Dec 12, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olhe para as pessoas: cotovelos, joelhos,
lóbulos de orelhas, virilhas, pés, narizes,
lábios, olhos, todas as partes geralmente cobertas,
e elas engajadas com o que quer que seja, mas que dificilmente
é algo agradável.

Suas mentes recheadas de assuntos velhos e propaganda,
propaganda publicitária, propaganda religiosa, propaganda sexual,
propaganda política, propagandas diversas, e elas são maçantes e viciosas.
Elas são maçantes porque foram moldadas para isso e elas são viciosas porque
têm medo de perde
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Becca Loo
i read this first and now i think maybe i shouldntve (can i do that?), becasue i'm now reading post office and he expanded on some of the articles in here so i feel like i've cheated and saw the preview to his life. anyway, i like him, he's simple and very very dirty, which i've slowly come to realize is what i must like because i keep reading these types of books. it was a perfect read during the school year because i didnt have to spend much time on any one story. if youre only gonna read one ...more
Astratow
Nov 28, 2015 Astratow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amerykanskie
This book is unique. Some of it can be classified as short story, other part can be called poetry. It also contains essaistic bits so it may be difficult to digest by readers who like things traditional way. Apart of gender mixture there is various content. You will find storied about Hank and his friends but you will as well come across essay about death of JFK and it's consequences, which I found very univarsal and valid until this very day. Compare to other novels of this American writer this ...more
Lucas Oliveira
Mar 07, 2014 Lucas Oliveira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ler Bukowski é sempre uma experiência única, as narrativas acabam por mudar o seu interior de alguma maneira, isso devido ao relato pungente e arrebatador que é a vida desse completo bebum, que vai além de tudo o que é "permitido", dando uma prova do que pode ser um lado do espirito humano. Bukowski não esconde, um depravado sem objeções, com a língua solta. Recomendo pra todos.
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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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