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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  16,426 Ratings  ·  523 Reviews
Bukowski, emparentado desde su independencia con los postulados de la Generación Beat (aunque fuera de la misma), desarrollaba una literatura contracultural que escarbaba en el lado más sucio, enmerdado y miserable de la vida, como reflejo de su (nuestra) propia existencia y realidad, a la que satiriza y mortifica de manera insurrecta y provocadora. "La máquina de follar" ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by Anagrama (first published January 1st 1978)
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Mar 02, 2007 Autumn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was first introduced to this book in the bathroom of a one-night-stand's house. i tried to delay the sex part, because i was actually more interested in the book than the guy but i was eventually overtaken. nonetheless, i went and bought the book the following week.
Jun 06, 2011 Cbj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is in the form of his life here. Every single story hits you hard. Most of them aren't more than 5 pages long. But the impact is tremendous. Basically Bukowski has just one story. That of the down and out, hard drinking and alienated vagabond who spews out some incredible social commentary.

There are some gems like the one about guys with clean kitchens. And this wonderful line ".....doldrums of mechanical people in a mechanical act, trying to tickle their cement souls back into life wi
Indra Mangule
Dec 01, 2012 Indra Mangule rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply love Bukowski. He belonged to a world I dont quite understand and he disliked people on such a high level - it confuses me. He describes a universe, where all things are wrong and where meaning of going on seems as dubious as the claim that one can come out of this life still being sane.

And yet, there are too many familiarities in what Bukowski says. I can sympathise to what he is saying or rather, what he seems to be feeling. Though the source of his impressions is different from mine,
Steven  Godin
Even though I am a big fan of Bukowski's novels I think his Strength was definitely in short stories and this collection has got everything you would come to expect from the master of low life literature, from the booze, women, cheap cigars and poetry reading to the drunken outbursts, lewd behaviour, betting on the horses and dead end jobs it's all there, and if I could choose any drinking buddy dead or alive there is no contest (I can almost picture the scene now with me probably waking up in t ...more
Jun 09, 2009 Dan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm at a total loss as to why this guy is popular amongst people my age. To be fair, this is the only book of his I've read, so maybe I'm missing something. But really, straight forward stories of life as a drunk, dirty, old man are not very interesting. They're often depressing, as would be expected, but there's no redeeming lesson or observation in most of it either. I could see the appeal to younger readers being first exposed to derision for the wealthy, skittish, management class and the fl ...more
Víctor Blanco
Aug 03, 2016 Víctor Blanco rated it really liked it
Como antología de relatos, los hay mejores y los hay peores. Pero los buenos brillan mucho.
Franco  Santos
Jun 25, 2015 Franco Santos rated it it was ok
Muy pocos relatos me gustaron de este libro. No obstante, volveré a intentarlo con este autor.
Aaron Maddox
Aug 03, 2010 Aaron Maddox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 18, 2016 Rafal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charles-bukowski
Bukowskiego wolę zdecydowanie w długich formach powieściowych. Jego opowiadania to często bardziej felietony, takie lekko bełkotliwe obserwacje zdegenerowanego życia przez zdegenerowanego człowieka. I to ma swój urok, ale czasem jest męczące a czasem po prostu nudne. Takie miałem uczucie czytając niektóre opowiadania z tego tomu. Ale jednocześnie co jakiś czas zdarzają się absolutne perełki surrealistycznego, dosadnego humoru, które czyta się z wielką przyjemnością. W tym wypadku były to "Odsiad ...more
Never really read anything like that. It`s dark (although usually, humorously) and pessimistic, with Bukowski (or his fictional alter egos) always making sure to hit rock bottom. There is no real connection between the stories (which are not all equal in quality, with some being better than others) except for the main motives- drinking, swearing, sex and the occasional law breaking or in other words, the life of a drunk and a dirty old man. This is not for the faint of heart! ...more
Apr 24, 2007 Víctor rated it it was ok
Aunque estoy convencido de que hay lecturas positivas que te ayudan ha vivir, y hay lecturas negativas que te oscurecen el acto existencial, creo que es necesario mirar en ambos sentidos. Hay que ser higiénicos y hay que embarrarse en lodo de vez en cuando. Bukowski es chapotear en fango: divertido, sarcástico, irónico, deprimente, destructivo, nada para tomarse en serio. La receta es la misma: pobreza, alcoholisimo, mujeres-carne, el heroísmo en el vacío existencial.
Feb 04, 2013 Roberto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Il libro è costituito da racconti che descrivono, con una scrittura forzatamente volgare, la vita di Charles Bukowski. Dai racconti emerge uno scrittore sempre senza soldi, che pensa solamente ad andare all'ippodromo, ad ubriacarsi e al sesso in tutte le sue forme. Questi "argomenti" sono esposti in modo ripetitivo, prevedibile ed anche, talvolta, disgustoso. Bukowski non si fa scrupoli nel raccontarci come fa sesso (in tutti i modi ed in ogni momento), come si ubriaca (sempre), come si svuota l ...more
Mar 31, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Emily by: My friend Todd.
This was my introduction to Bukowski. A friend loaned me this book after reading a short story I wrote, telling me that I would probably enjoy it.

As I read it, a strange feeling came over me. It was the feeling of excitement knowing that I was reading something brilliant mixed with the feeling that I got when I saw Hustler Magazine for the first time. I think it describes Bukowski's work perfectly. His words are both beautiful and debauched at the same time. Still one of my favorite books.

È difficile valutare dal punto di vista letterario questi racconti, nei quali vengono sovvertiti tutti i canoni compositivi e grafici tradizionali, in una ripetizione ossessiva di temi, situazioni ed eccessi che talora si sospetta volti soprattutto a stupire, provocare e scandalizzare; ma soprattutto è difficile scindere il giudizio qualitativo dell’opera da quello personale sull’autore, poiché ad essere oggetto del giudizio del lettore è essenzialmente lui, Charles Bukowski.
Persona o personagg
This wasn't an amazing, blow you away book, but is that what you would really expect going into it? I've read a handful of Bukowski novels before and I've liked them even though some of their honesty makes me cringe now and again.

This is a selection of short stories, mostly autobiographical, and I found them delightful and easy to digest. I've never read any of Bukowski's poetry, but he does a good job at truncated writing. Little blurbs of thought and ponderings of things instead of forcing a l
Mar 03, 2012 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
He writes well, this much is obvious, but I really just didn't care about reading what felt like the same 'story' over and over again.

I enjoyed his writerly voice, the tone of the prose, the attitude of it all, it was so dirty and real as you would expect of somebody influence so obviously by Ernest Hemingway but, and maybe it is because of these expectations that I didn't love it, I was expecting more, something to make me want to keep turning the pages, plot maybe? And if that's so then I gues
Jul 16, 2008 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I was looking for something new (to me) in the early 90's and some dweeb in a Brentano's recommended this to me because Bukowski has died months before. I hate discovering something great just after the author has died. I also hate people saying how great some author (or artist) was after they die, but they never had much to say while the author was still alive.

Anyway, this is one of his two greatest novels.
Jan 15, 2017 Patve rated it really liked it
Ufff.... este libro ha sido una pasada....
Bukowski puede golpearte, asquearte, emocionarte, deprimirte y hacerte reír , todo de una vez... ha de ser por eso que un escritor maldito...
Hay algunos relatos muy flojos.... pero hay otros que son notables...
Y uno en particular, que fue muy difícil de digerir...
la pedofilia es un tema complicadísimo para mí....y no puedo con él
Oct 26, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
once upon a time, in a shitshack bookstore not unlike so many other shitshack bookstores, a life-long love was forged. employed at this store was a strapping young lad named chris. bright-eyed. bushy-tailed. boneheaded. and enamored with the wealth of books surrounding him. he was perplexed as where to even begin looking for the good stuff, and he’d often scour the place after business hours. labyrinthine shelves. stocked endcaps. free-standing or pop-up displays. a pile of books here and there ...more
Julie Rylie
Bukowski, Bukowski...

even though this guy uses mostly the same topics on his books there is something about it that draws me again and again and again to it like I'm addicted. And I have to say in terms of exposing his mind and philosophizing about various topics this book for me it's the one that is most well written (among the ones I have read so far of course).

I've underlined some quotes and lines of thought that I want to add to the quotes here later.

There is a lot of talk about the race
Craig Stone
Feb 21, 2015 Craig Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lost this book when I was about 50 pages from the end. I think I might have left it in the gym - which is probably some sort of Bukowskian sin.

I'll read those last pages one day, but I knew from half way in that this was a five star book. I love Bukowski. I love his tales of ordinary madness. Though, of course, the madness isn't ordinary because Bukowski wasn't like most people.

He drinks his way through the book, offending the world around him, offending reads like a bewildered k
Agent of Fortune
Буковски. Всички го почитат и възхваляват. Малко хора си позволяват да говорят за крайно сексистките му коментари, които не просто ми се набиват твърде много на очи, ами и ми ги избиват... В цялата книга се повтаря история след история за изнасилвания и как нашият приятел не може да се сдържи. Все едно. Като цяло книгата ми хареса (естествено като изключим сексизма), Буковски си е Буковски с всичките му псувни и крайни изказвания, въпреки това верни. Твърде грубовато подхвърлено, без увъртания, ...more
Raegan Butcher
Bukowski cranked out these stories for dirty magazines strictly for the money but he was the kind of writer who worked well with that kind of editorial freedom to produce whatever his inebriated mind could come up with and there are some really good examples of his writing here. My favorite: "The Blanket" which is as close to perfection as these old stories from this period in his life get with its surreal combination of low-life angst and Edgar Allan Poe-like feverish poetic madness. It's too b ...more
Jul 11, 2010 Rin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are actually some interesting thoughts, and I liked a few short stories, nevertheless they are far outnumbered by the, in my opinion, meaningless have-nothing-to say ones, which are generally built on the leading lines of being drunk (vomiting and unable to control oneself) and sex as an animalistic need.
I believe the primary topic was social alienation, but the outcome is (with few exceptions) dull and senseless, not leaving any lingering feelings nor a touch of reality behind.
However, th
Charles Bukowski è un autore che spiazza: o piace o si odia. Io lo conobbi per caso in biblioteca scegliendo casualmente Panino al prosciutto, una sorta di biografia della sua vita. Ecco, se ancora non conoscete questo autore particolare e sopra le righe, vi consiglio di partire leggendo proprio Panino al prosciutto.

Ho piacevolmente ritrovato un autore che mi mancava, del quale ti affezioni, nonostante il suo stile forte e brusco. Questa raccolta di racconti (scritti tra il 1967 e il 1972) ci m
«Καθίσατε να σκεφτείτε στα σοβαρά ότι το LSD και η έγχρωμη τηλεόραση εμφανίστηκαν στην αγορά σχεδόν ταυτόχρονα; Καταφθάνει αυτός ο εκρηκτικός βομβαρδισμός χρωμάτων, κι εμείς τί κάνουμε; Κηρύττουμε παράνομο το ένα και γαμούμε τελείως το άλλο... »

«Εμένα η θέση μου δεν είναι εδώ. Τότε κάτι μου είπε πως αυτό σκέφτονται ΟΛΟΙ τους. Δεν ανήκω εδώ. Ο καθένας μας σκέφτεται το ίδιο πράγμα για τον εαυτό του. Κι έχουν δίκιο. Λοι
Jan 04, 2015 Aisling is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
“The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.”

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Mar 11, 2014 stefano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'è tutto Bukowski in questa raccolta di racconti. Anzi, quasi tutto, visto che rispetto all'edizione americana (che in Italia è uscita divisa in due: Storie di ordinaria follia e Compagno di sbronze) manca Svastica, un racconto bellissimo con protagonista un redivivo Adolf Hitler.
Feb 12, 2008 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski makes me laugh -- a lot of the time I feel like I shouldn't be laughing, but I still do. Then, I turn the page and repeat.
Dulce Espinosa
May 22, 2017 Dulce Espinosa rated it really liked it
"Tuve la sensación de que podía caer dentro de aquellos ojos". Animales hasta en la sopa //

Me gustó casi todo. Y digo casi porque hay un relato (? que uffff me provocó pesadillas y de verdad que consideré dejarlo ahí... me dio asco, y miedo...pero continué ... lo retomé dos semanas después o casi (en esas dos semanas leí las cuatro estaciones II). La cuestión es que para mí Charles Bukowski es un gran escritor, dejando de lado que golpeaba a su novia o no sé qué leí por ahí en playground (playgr
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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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