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Notes of a Dirty Old Man

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  13,444 ratings  ·  284 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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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
Bryan Mclellan
Jul 02, 2008 Bryan Mclellan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
" 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
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 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
Jan 24, 2009 Steve rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Nina Rapsodia
Aug 16, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los que les gusta los textos raros
Recommended to Nina by: nadie
Shelves: 2014

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
Michael Seidlinger
So dirty.

So drunky.

So angry.

Truly like an American Celine.

Rupert Owen
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
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
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
Rob Charpentier
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
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
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
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
Jack Stevenson
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
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.
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'
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
Rosa Ramôa
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
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
Lucas Oliveira
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.
Ismael Galvan
This book isn't his best stuff. His prime writing can be found elsewhere. Yet Notes of a Dirty Old Man is gem for any long time Bukowski reader because he reveals aspects of himself that are missing from his big titles. This collection of writing has a freer vibe and is more experimental. Political, post-modern, queer, themes almost untouched in his massive body of work.

I give this book five stars for its insightful qualities into a writer I thought could no longer surprise me.
Nikola Korbuc
This compilation of short stories was indeed quite interesting to read, to say the least.
Before I took up this book, I previously read "Erections, Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness", which had given me some insight into the general style of Bukowski.
Well, suffice to say, both were quite interesting, and one story is common to both of these compilations; of course, beside the underlying theme shared amongst all of Charles' works.
In the preface, Bukowski said that all
Luis Perez
I'd actually like to give this closer to 4 stars, but not quite 4 stars. C'mon Goodreads, how about a 10-star system? Things would be a lot more accurate that way.

In any case, this collection of alternative newspaper columns isn't Bukowski's best work as a whole, but is still enjoyable to read. It's brilliant at times and muddy in others. I guess in that case, it's a lot like life.
Rick Dijs
De angst was dat na Postkantoor en Kind onder Kannibalen, Bukowski mij niet meer kon verbazen of laten grinniken. Godzijdank is daar Aantekeningen van een Vieze Oude Man. Pakweg 40 columns die hij in de jaren 60 schreef voor Open City, een weekblad uit Los Angeles.

Aantekeningen heeft die perfecte mix tussen ruwe, waargebeurde verhalen waarin seks, drank en vrouwen de bovenliggende toon voeren. Deprimerend en zwartgallig tot het laatste woord op de pagina. Maar daar tussen zitten ook enerverende
David Larsson
Yes, this is very Bukowski, but not in the way I have come to appreciate a lot. This collection of ramblings is filled with too much needless anger, not really giving anything to the story. Sure there are some moments here that echoes of the great writing he is able to, but they are not enough to make this book a satisfactory reading experience.
I love Hank. I love his style, I love his sense of humour. Notes of a Dirty Old Man is a collection that probably shouldn't be coupled together but in doing so you almost create a conversational style of writing that allows you to get to know the man a little better than before.
Bukowski shines in his short stories. I always found his novels a little long winded and forced. I know, I know... don't hate me. However, in my mind, Bukowski is a consumate short story writer, and this collection is the best of the bunch. Hilarious, real, tragic and fucking beautiful.
Ben Harrison
if meggy had lived close enough I could have ended the whole torture easily enough, herself at my place breathing in the fine lilting flare of my poets eyes, the pantherpiss stride, pants torn at the knees with 2:30 a.m. falls -- comparing me with, say, Stephen Spender -- I would turn and say in not very articulate English:
"baby,in a couple of minutes I'm going to rip off your goddamned panties and show you some turkey neck you'll remember all the way to the graveside. I have a vast and curved
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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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