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Shakespeare Never Did This

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An account of Charles Bukowski's 1978 European trip. In 1978 Europe was new territory for Bukowski holding the secrets of his own personal ancestry and origins. En route to his birthplace in Andernach, Germany, he is trailed by celebrity-hunters and paparazzi, appears drunk on French television, blows a small fortune at a Dusseldorf racetrack and stands in a Cologne Cathed ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published June 21st 2002 by Ecco (first published 1979)
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Nov 15, 2013 Carlos rated it really liked it
oh, Bukowski, you magnificent son of a bitch...
Ruth A secas
Aug 04, 2015 Ruth A secas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jodidamente increíble Bukowski como siempre!! Te echaba taanto de menos que he disfrutado el doble leyéndote.
Mar 26, 2014 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't looking for anything serious; I'd heard this was a breezy account of Bukowski's European book promotion tour; and, it is. I read Bukowski more to look at how he structures story telling and his use of different sentence structures. So, for me, I saw here what I think is the longest sentence I've ever seen Bukowski write. It's in the section about his trip to a cathedral and his thoughts about God. I didn't think I'd ever see a sentence that long from Bukowski. The story of the trip itse ...more
May 16, 2015 Matt rated it liked it
Bukowski, you miserable, awesome old man. *high five*

This can be read within 2-3 bottles of wine, just how Charles would have wanted.
Oct 18, 2016 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: 1900s, 2016, north-america
This is what a moveable feast could've been
Apr 22, 2010 Antigonal rated it really liked it
he is funny and cruel :)
Jan 27, 2016 Damjan rated it really liked it
'Smrt mi nije mnogo značila.Ona je poslednja šala u seriji loših šala.'
Sergio D. Lara
No es el mejor Bukowski pero sin duda vale la pena. Rabioso como siempre, con ese ritmo inconfundible, tiene momentos de verdadera belleza. En el plano más general creo que se trata de un libro deliberadamente menor, un divertimento del propio Charles en el que, incluso, podemos ver destellos de la brillantez de otros de sus libros.
B.T. Hogan
Jul 04, 2014 B.T. Hogan rated it liked it
Not Bukowski's best, not even close.

Bukowksi is like pizza, even when's it's bad it's still damn good.
Jun 26, 2008 Dani rated it liked it
Easy read, fun to most extents. To me it looks more like he had to write about the trip in Europe - then he wanted to. It felt like a documentary, bw pictures blended in just about right.
Feb 17, 2014 Nemanja rated it liked it
Jedno od slabijih dela ali i dalje izuzetno zanimljivo. Rec o njegovoj velicini. Prokleta pijandura.
May 07, 2008 Jenna added it
Shelves: collectible
Bukowski's travelogue from when he went back to Germany. Real-life depiction of the fabulous asshole he was.
Poecraft Hyde
Feb 11, 2016 Poecraft Hyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El Bukowski más personal que podamos encontrar, narrando sus viajes por Europa, acompañado de fotos íntimas. Recomendado para todo admirador del buen Charles.
May 04, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las fotografías más bonitas de Bukoswki se hicieron en este viaje.
Jan 14, 2017 Meseceva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mamurni zapisi starog šmekera sa putovanja po Evropi, začinjeni gomilom fotografija. Nema ovde neke velike priče, jednostavno Bukovskog volite ili ne podnosite.
Johan Wilbur
El último libro que me quedaba por leer de Bukowski (De prosa, de poesía me quedan unos cuantos todavía) Esta vez nos cuenta como le fue en su viaje a Europa para promocionar sus novelas. Es un libro que se ve hecho “por contrato” y por ello parece más un diario de viajes como haríamos cualquiera que una de sus novelas como tal. Atrás quedan aventuras graciosas y con tintes dramáticos al mismo tiempo como ocurría en Cartero o Mujeres.

Desde luego a poco fan del escritor americano que seas se not
May 14, 2014 Esagui rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque es interesante no es algo a destacar, Bukowski pareciera (o al menos da esa fuerte impresión) se frena demasiado, al final de sus letras conocemos la aversión que tiene a quedarse un minuto más de lo necesario, le urge, es necesario regresar a casa; donde puede hablar su lengua, donde las cosas son como las conoce, lugar donde se siente cómodo y puede ser como él es, aquí, en Europa, algo apesta.

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Brian Pappas
Dec 08, 2014 Brian Pappas rated it it was amazing
This kind of reminded me of "The Captain Is Out To Lunch" in that it is more of a journal log than a short story. But it is a journal log by Bukowski! Add the great photographs of his time in France and Germany, and some poetry thrown in towards the end, and you have this amazing, oversized book. The photos go along perfectly with the writing, and it feels as if you are sitting in his living room as he details his trip to you.
Bukowski è sempre Bukowski. E gli ingredienti sono sempre quelli: alcol, cavalli e sesso. Questa volta rimescolati in un viaggio in Europa fatto dalle sue abitudini e da abitudini che non conosce, raccontato con quel suo modo diretto, quasi parlato, che lo contraddistingue. La mia preferenza personale va alle poesie inserite alla fine del libro piuttosto che alla prosa.
Daniel Difranco
Not his best, but honest.

Poorly edited and not entirely thought out at times, this sketch of Buk's trip is a quick read. The highlight was when Bukowski met his 90 year old uncle in the town of his birth in Germany. The rest reads like a slipshod version of one of his novels--lots of drinking and talk about life/death. Worth the 99¢ because of the pictures.
Melanie  Hilliard
Jan 12, 2011 Melanie Hilliard rated it really liked it
Bukowski goes back to the place where he was born (but never knew as a young boy). Interesting pilgrimage and while I'm a fan of his poetry, I'm not all that enamored with his prose. The photos taken by his possee that includes his girlfriend and the subsequent poems he wrote in response to the trip are what redeem this piece in my eyes.
- cronaca del viaggio: puntuale
- commenti dell'autore a fatti e persone: taglienti, diretti, senza filtri, mai provocatori (in relazione all'autore naturalmente)
- digressioni dell'autore: numericamente scarse, ma efficaci, di grande umanit��, di chi ha toccato il fondo e non sa se vuole uscirne vivo
Apr 23, 2016 Oscar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
pocas palabras una bitácora de viaje a Alemania muestra la convivencia que tuvo con personajes emblemáticos en su trayectoria como siempre nos muestra una prosa y narrativa inconfundible de que tan bueno es, hay mejores.
la edición de fotografía nos presenta muchas fotos que conociamos pero no sabíamos su significado o procedencia.
Raúl Tello
Apr 17, 2016 Raúl Tello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anagrama
En este libro Bukowski narra su primer viaje a Europa desde su infancia con su estilo característico. La mejor parte es cuando está en un programa de entrevistas en la televisión francesa y crea un desastre. Se lee de forma rápida como sus demás obras y termina con un poema que habla sobre sus experiencias durante el viaje.
Ezgi Demir
Oct 17, 2015 Ezgi Demir rated it really liked it
reading Bukowski is like talking with him... speechless-fluid-almost flying in "ordinary" life, no more extraordinary... His words: Hidden jewellery in all details of life; like the thrown silver aluminium package of a cigarette box. Shining; but ignored by human-beings.
Short, enjoyable little book. Nothing spectacular, though. I'd only recommend it to big fans as a sort of literary curio. Just Bukowski giving his impressions of a trip through Paris and a few cities in Germany. Much wine is imbibed and many sites are seen with typical Bukowski indifference.
Shawn Fairweather
Oct 16, 2014 Shawn Fairweather rated it liked it
Bukowskis exploits on a trip to know the deal, wine, women, song, and some other stuff. Pretty short read of travel journal notes but filled with some awesome pictures. Easily readable in a afternoon.
Andrés Cabrera
Feb 26, 2013 Andrés Cabrera rated it liked it
Crónica del viaje hecho por Charles y Linda a Europa, en pleno auge de su carrera literaria. Desde la nostalgia por el reencuentro con su ciudad natal y su tío, hasta las peripecias etílicas en cada hotel, Bukowski expondrá sus ilusiones e impresiones de un viaje distinto.
May 02, 2014 Darío rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incluso en supuestas "obras menores" (término que me produce urticaria, pero que parece que se entiende), como esta breve crónica de un viaje por Europa, Bukowski deja varias pinceladas de esa genialidad natural, ejecutada con la inercia del que no sabe hacer nada más.
Dec 13, 2015 Marcos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"La tele mantiene unidas a más parejas que los niños o la Iglesia."

"Que te pagaran por beber era más milagroso que qué te pagaran por follar. Leí, bebí."

porque cuando alguien ha sido pobre
toda su vida
puede olvidarlo."
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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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