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4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  62,949 Ratings  ·  2,511 Reviews
"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Ecco (first published 1971)
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Jenn(ifer)

Okay, I can already hear the “booooos” from the Mitchellites saying “how can you give Cloud Atlas two stars, but you give THIS four stars?” I will tell you how. It’s simple really. I thought Cloud Atlas was “okay,” whereas I “really liked” this one. That’s all there is to it. So here we go...

This book made me want to drink. A lot. I mean a lot, a lot. And it made me laugh. A lot. Now you know; my secret is out – I am a twisted, depraved human being who enjoys reading the thoughts of a dirty old
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Paula
Nov 30, 2007 Paula rated it really liked it
is it just me, or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits, too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small change on the train. here are the opening lyrics to I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue):
I don't mind working, 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars,
I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk
And a manic mechanic on cars.
It's nice work if you can get it, now who the hell sa
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Brent Legault
Oct 11, 2007 Brent Legault rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: knuckle-heads, ne'er-do-wells
Bukowski was once an idol of mine. I've since grown up. He took himself too seriously (while pretending that he didn't). And he was practically talentless. He had spunk and a surprising ("surprising" because of all the booze) work ethic but an ultimately boring sense of humor. His words are like what Hemingway would have thrown away. Bukowski was America's greatest one-trick pony. Or perhaps that's giving him too much credit. He might have had only half a trick, like that uncle of ours who used ...more
Arthur Graham
Jul 02, 2015 Arthur Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is reading Bukowski so much more enjoyable when you're drinking? Easy: because everything's more enjoyable when you're drinking.

Still, for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle, it was informed by a lot of other things as well, and working for the U.S. Postal Service from the early 1950s to the late 1960s was one of them. This is the book where Bukowski explains how he fell into his career as mail carrier (and later mail clerk), why he stuck with the job for as l
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Rosie
Aug 20, 2008 Rosie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
My first affair with Bukowski. I found this book while substitute teaching a group of tranquil 12th graders. I picked up the book, began reading, and couldn't believe that this book was allowed in a classroom.
Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book, so I had it all to my evil self.
The book is hilarious. I read it in an afternoon. I became that crazy person in a coffee shop cackling over her book. The sentences are short and sharp. The protagonist has no regard for anything
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Christopher Smith
Jun 02, 2007 Christopher Smith rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone (except girls)
What do you get when you mix two cases of beer, chronic gambling, and a vulgar, "Fuck this world and fuck you if you live in it" attitude?

Probably not a very nice person. But after reading "Post Office", my first by Bukowski, you start to realize that there are too many fucking pussy ass nice people in the world. I wish sometimes that I could live ten minutes of my life the way Henry Chininski wakes up every morning. Maybe then my balls might drop just an inch or two and I could get the fucking
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Lynda
Dec 12, 2014 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the classics
Allow me to introduce you to...

HENRY CHARLES "HANK" CHINASKI:



> Monumental asshole and perpetual slob.

> Self destructive alcoholic.

> Insincerely servile and unrepentantly sarcastic.

> Void of ambition.

> Unpleasant, crass, cynical, womanising jerk.

> Spends his time:
- propping up bars; or
- losing a small fortune at the racetrack; or
- brawling; or
- f**king;
...the latter with a claim he's an expert!

Never have I come across a character that is just so disgraceful; a sad, lousy
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Kirstine
Nov 14, 2015 Kirstine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed, fiction, 1-men
Bukowski puzzles me.

This could be a true story, he could honest to god have sat down one day, with a hangover from hell, and decided to write this book, for no other reason than to tell the world "I exist. Lives like this are lived every day".

Something struck me, not in the book (well, to be honest, the entire book struck me), but there was something on the back of it. One of the reviews read: "Cunning, relentlessly jokey and sad". That broke me. It isn't relentlessly funny, no, it's relentles
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
لا بد، قبل أي شيء، أن نثني على دار الجمل لإقدامها على هذه الخطوة غير المسبوقة لترجمة رواية لهذا الكاتب الأمريكي الذي لم يصل إلينا من نتاجه سوى بعض القصائد والمقالات!

ومع أن الخطوة/الترجمة كانت متعثرة نوعًا ما، سواء من ناحية الإخراج أو من ناحية الأخطاء التي اكتظ بها النص، إلا أنها مع ذلك تظل محل تقدير!

فبوكوفسكي واحد من هؤلاء الكتاب الذين ظلوا منبوذين لزمن طويل في أمريكا نفسها بسبب حديثه بكل صدق وتسميته للأشياء بمسمياتها دون تزييف ومواربة، فالكاذب يسميه كاذبًا، والسارق يسميه سارقًا، والمحتال يسميه
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Desislava
May 14, 2016 Desislava rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
In my opinion you either love Bukowski or you don’t. I can appreciate his literary gifts, but for me there was much to be desired in this book. This is my third Bukowski book and frankly, I was expecting a bit more. It wasn't nearly as good as popular acclaim would make out.

The story concerns Bukowski’s alterego Henry Chinaski. 'Post Office' is divided into six chapters, each composed of short episodes that happen over a 17 or 18-year period. The plot can be loosely broken into three timeframes
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Parthiban Sekar
Screw, shit, Six-pack, and Post office.
Fabian
Sep 19, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it
Another masterpiece of feminism in American literature. Again, JK, jk... jay kay!

Oh, nah. The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed in such a disarming, shocking manner. He's an alcoholic, misogynistic mess! And I love him for it, and perhaps now Bukowski, too.
Chris
Nov 22, 2009 Chris rated it did not like it
The cover said: "One of the funniest novels ever written." The little Joe Pesci on my shoulder kept chiming in, "Funny how?...I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f@$%in' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how?..." No, I must say not amusing funny, little Joe on my shoulder, definitely not amusing. I'm guessing funny as in no matter what this loser Chinaski does, he always ends up getting drunk and then working, while hungover, at his soul deadening job ...more
Jennifer
Aug 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is my first Charles Bukowski reading experience after watching the documentary on him called BORN INTO THIS. I found that film moving and Bukowski to be someone endearing --a misfit and self-hating artist--who set out to do for writing and poetry what the punk rockers did -- bring it back “to the people.” This then is a proletariat novel of sorts, about “the working class.” But it’s also very funny in its bluntness and admirable in its honesty. And that seems to be Bukowski’s gift -- his ...more
mai ahmd
Dec 13, 2014 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في بداية الأمر كنتُ ساخطة على بوكوفسكي وذلك بسبب رؤيته الواضحة من خلال النص تجاه المرأة وكيف إن المرأة مرتبطة بالجنس ولا شيء أكثر من ذلك غير إن مع المضي في القراءة تتضح عاطفته تجاه المرأة وتجاه زوجته الأولى تحديدا
وإن كانت بشكل مائل للسخرية .. أعتقد أن فرادة هذا النص هو غرابته وطريقة بوكوفسكي في النظر للآخر ..
عمل بوكوفسكي موظفا للبريد لفترة 12 عاما عمله كان شاقا ويبدو كأعمال السخرة ولعل نوعية هذا العمل جعلته واسع الإطلاع على أنواع البشر ناهيك عن طفولته الشقية بسبب الأساليب العنيفة التي كان يستخ
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ليلى المطوع
رغم اني كنت اتذمر خلال القراءة من هذا الانسان الذي يعامل المرأة على انها ثدي ومؤخرة، لكن انهيتها ليلة امس قبل النوم، ونهضت هذا الصباح وأنا افكر بشيء افتقده .. ولم يكن الا بوكوفسكي
تبا له

حسنا نعود الى العمل، هو جزء من سيرة ذاتية للكاتب، عن مغامراته مع النساء، ومشاكله في العمل والحياة، لا اعتقد ان هذا الرجل تمسك بشيء في حياته، هو من الاشخاص الذين لا احب وجودهم في حياتي، الغير مبالين بكل المصائب والكوارث التي تحدث، يعيشون داخل قوقعتهم، ومع الاسف هذه صفة في الرجال.

لامسني الجزء الذي ذكر فيه عدد السن
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Daniel
Dec 06, 2009 Daniel rated it liked it
Recommended to anyone looking for a good book about fucking, drinking, gambling, shitting, puking, pissing, chasing tail and sorting mail.
Lynn
Aug 02, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brutally honest account of life as a wage slave in a petty fiefdom. I've always heard people talk about government jobs like you'd be set for life. If this account is any indication, it's more like life in prison. (And to think he gave it all up to write!) Bukowski's alter-ego, Henry Chinaski, is a drunk pig for most of the ten years this book describes, and I just loved him :D
Roula
Oct 20, 2016 Roula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ah charles, FINALLY we meet again..
Blair
Oct 25, 2007 Blair rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ungrandmas
My grandma hated the postman in my hometown because he kicked my 13 year old mutt dog when he thought no one was around. In fact, after this postman died in an awful motorcycle crash, and everyone in town was walking around going, "Holy shit, did you hear about that crash?" my gradma would just stare them down and say, "You know, he was not a nice guy -he kicked my grandson's dog for no reason."
Vit Babenco
Aug 17, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing
“The ocean, look at it out there, battering, crawling up and down. And underneath all that, the fish, the poor fish fighting each other, eating each other. We're like those fish, only we're up here. One bad move and you're finished. It's nice to be a champion. It's nice to know your moves.”
This is Charles Bukowski’s life philosophy and according to it, he depicts his life…
“The streets were full of insane and dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered
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Raegan Butcher
Bukowski had worked at the Post Office for 11 yrs by the time he quit at the age of 50 to become a full-time writer.Legend has it that right after he left, he wrote this book in three weeks. Its a bit rough in spots but that was the charm of the man's writing--it churned straight from his gut thru his fingers onto the page. This isn't his best book--but for a first novel its quite a keeper, filled with zest and Bukowski's particular brand of self-mocking humor.
Cecily
Mar 03, 2010 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada-and-usa
I enjoyed this more than I expected and in some way, more than I think I should!

Hank Chinaski describes a little more than a decade of his life. He is intelligent, but mostly lives the life of a loser: too much booze; menial work, mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off work; betting on horses; more booze etc. It is all somewhat detached; his daughter is "the girl", even though he knew "as long as I could see the girl I would be all right", but such detachment is nece
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Iso Cambia
May 16, 2011 Iso Cambia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hipsters
Recommended to Iso by: Brandon
Many of the alt-trendy/hipster books I've read remind me of this quote from Katharine Dunn:

"There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. These are frequently artists and performers, adventurers and wide-life devotees.

"Then
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Paul Secor
I worked for the Postal Service for 34 years. I wasn't Charles Bukowski - had neither his talent nor his self destructive ways - but I can say that there's a lot of truth in this novel, along with humor and typical Bukowski attitude. One of his best.
رغد قاسم
بوكوفسكي
ربما هو واحد من اكثر الناس صدقاً اقصد الكتاب على الاقل
واضح ، مباشر و صريح حد الابتذال دون ان تنتقده بذلك فهو يصور الحياة، حياته هو على الاقل كما هي بلا رتوش،
ربنا لن تحبه، لكنك ستحترم شجاعته بالتأكيد .
Madeleine
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فهد الفهد
مكتب البريد

كجاك كيرواك وهنري ميلر وسواهم من الكتاب الأمريكيين الذين وجدوا جمالاً فائقاً في الكتابة عن حيواتهم بلا رتوش، بلا أي تغيير في التفاصيل، سرد متواصل للحياة الحرة التي عاشوها، متنقلين من مكان إلى مكان، ومن امرأة إلى أخرى، ملتقين بأشخاص مختلفين، وقصص مختلفة، هكذا يأخذنا تشارلز بوكوفسكي في كتابه هذا مع قصته هو موظفاً في البريد، مقامراً، متزوجاً ومطلقاً، سكيراً، قد تشعر وأنت تقرأ بحجم الهوة التي تفصل بينك وبين بوكوفسكي وأسلوبه في الحياة، ولكنك ستجد لحظات من التقارب معه، في كل مرة يتعرض فيها
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain



عندما تنهي مرحلة في حياتك تجدها لسبب ما مهمة أو مؤلمة أو جديرة بالتوثيق، فتتجه لتوثقها ورقيًا محاكيًا سليقتك / فأنت تتصعلك على الأدب/ هكذا يفعل تشارلز بوكوفسكي هنا من تخريجٍ لجنونه، يكتب تاريخ رجل لم تصنع منه الحياة ببغاء ليردد أدب سواه فلا يدعي لأدبه النضج .. يخترق سقف توقعاتنا بزجّه أكبر كمية من أفكار وكلمات بذيئة لتتعارك مبرزة عضلاتها ..نافرة من بين السطور ليغشى بها الأبصار ويرينا طرقه الحياتية المأهولة بفجاجته بتفاخره الذكوري كدليل سياحي عارٍ .. و كلما ستشير له يده وستقتفي أثرها أعيننا.. سيك
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Karim Abdel-Khalek‎
في حوار مع "بوكوفسكي" بيسأل الصحفي عن رأيه في رواية ما، ف بيرد "بوكوفسكي" إن الرواية سيئة جداً، لأن الكاتب بيقعد يوصف كتير من غير م يقول حاجة مهمة، و بيوصف "بوكوفسكي" الكتابة بالنسبة له إن يكون كل سطر و كل كلمة زي إطلاق النار، صاخب و مليان بأحداث، و ده ببساطة أفضل وصف لأسلوب "بوكوفسكي" في الكتابة.
مكتب البريد تشبه إلى حد ما "متشرداً في باريس و لندن" ل أورويل رغم إختلاف محور الروايتين، و لو قارننا بين الإتنين "مكتب البريد" تكسب بجدارة. "مكتب البريد" -كما هو معروف- عن حياة بوكوفسكي في فترة عمله في
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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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