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Notes of a Dirty Old Man

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  16,581 Ratings  ·  373 Reviews
Beginning in 1967, Bukowski wrote the column "Notes of A Dirty Old Man" for the underground newspaper Open City. Perennially drunk, broke and in search of a woman, Bukowski takes on the guise of a wise fool as he ventures through America's seedy lowlife. Peopled by Kerouac, Burroughs and other much less salubrious characters, his exploits provoke humour and despair, whilst ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published 2008 by Virgin (first published 1969)
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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
Jun 22, 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?
Apr 24, 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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Elise
Jan 18, 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
Steve
Jan 21, 2009 Steve rated it it was ok
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
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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Michael Seidlinger
So dirty.

So drunky.

So angry.

Truly like an American Celine.

Nina Rapsodia
Jun 12, 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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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...
Poliana
Nov 19, 2015 Poliana rated it really liked it
You have to put Bukowski's sexism aside in order to enjoy his witty, often brutal tales from the American underground. Fun to read.
Cleopatra
Το κείμενο του Μπουκόφσκι και τα σκόρπια αποφθέγματα του σίγουρα αξίζουν 4 αστέρια, η μετάφραση όμως κατέστρεψε αυτό το υπέροχα αιρετικό κείμενο.
M.D. Curzon
Mar 02, 2017 M.D. Curzon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Bukowski at his visceral best - a collection of his columns originally published in 'Open City' in the 1960s. By turns hilarious, disgusting, prosaic and profound, these vignettes of distilled humanity are somehow rendered all the more powerful for the squalor and the cheap sex and the shameless alcoholism. As much as these little stories are impossible to forget, however, it is Bukowski's wry observations on life that really shine through, such as 'The difference between a brave man and ...more
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
May 03, 2014 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
Rupert Owen
Jun 02, 2013 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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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
Lucas Oliveira
Feb 03, 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.
Clio
May 30, 2016 Clio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ο Μπουκόβσκι είναι πράγματι ο "αφηγητής της λογοτεχνίας του περιθωρίου". Αυτό το βιβλίο είναι όλος φόβος του αμερικανικού εφιάλτη τυλιγμένος με τον μοναδικό ρεαλισμό του συγγραφέα του.
Σε κερδίζει αμέσως, ευτυχώς που υπάρχει και δεύτερος τόμος.
Kika
Aug 30, 2016 Kika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prvý Bukowski! Neviem prečo som čítala práve túto knihu, ale páčila sa mi.
sweet jane
Sep 28, 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!
Kamran
Apr 08, 2017 Kamran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exotically intellectual ilk of read.

Emphasised emotions, less-philosophical-more-empirical nature of almost everything 'viciously' came under the nib of Bukowski's pen in this semi-autobiographical journal, with unusual boldness and humorous conduit.

"Well, class is something you see, feel, rather than define, you can see it in men too, animals. You see it in some trapeze artists as they walk onto the arena. Something in the walk, something in the manner. They have something inside AND outsid
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Robert Jonsson
Jul 09, 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
Scott
Sep 17, 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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Tom
Jun 06, 2016 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I hadn't read any Bukowski in over a year so I thought it was about time that I carried on with my challenge which is to read everything that he's ever released.

Notes Of A Dirty Old Man is a compilation of columns and short stories that have been collected from Bukowski's early days when he was writing for Open City which was a free, leftist leaning magazine which had a politicalised agenda. Its main aim was to support and influence the non-conformist countercultures which were thriving througho
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Kate Bradley
Aug 21, 2013 Kate Bradley rated it it was ok
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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Ada
May 24, 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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Dania
Nov 20, 2011 Dania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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“the soul has no skin; the soul only has insides that want to sing, finally, can't you hear it, brothers? softly, can't you hear it, brothers? a hot piece of ass and a new Cadillac ain't going to solve a god-damned thing.” 61 likes
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