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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  52,864 ratings  ·  2,095 reviews
Henry Chinaski is a low life loser with a hand-to-mouth existence. His menial Post Office day job supports a life of beer, one-night stands and racetracks. Lurid, uncompromising and hilarious, Post Office is a landmark in American literature.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1992 by Virgin Books (first published 1971)
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chrissy_wills I don't think a child would enjoy or have any interest in reading this novel. I was really into Bukowski when I was in my early 20's drinking like a…moreI don't think a child would enjoy or have any interest in reading this novel. I was really into Bukowski when I was in my early 20's drinking like a fish and working dead end jobs. When I was a kid I liked Ninja Turtles and Star Wars.(less)
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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
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
Brent Legault
Oct 11, 2007 Brent Legault rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 20, 2008 Rosie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Christopher Smith
Jun 02, 2007 Christopher Smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 12, 2014 Lynda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the classics
Allow me to introduce you to...


> 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
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
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
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
mai ahmd
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
Recommended to anyone looking for a good book about fucking, drinking, gambling, shitting, puking, pissing, chasing tail and sorting mail.
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 ra ...more
Oct 25, 2007 Blair rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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."
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رغد عبد الزهرة
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 .
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
Rupert Dreyfus
First Bukowski book.

In real life I don't tend to get along with alcoholic, womanising gamblers, but Bukowski would probably be an exception to that. I'd happily play some drinking games with him. Reading his inner-thoughts on life as a blue collar worker was not only hilarious but quite moving at times. From the break ups with the many women he couldn't really get close to, to the birth of his daughter; he addresses the balance of being a caveman with a relentless hard-on to somebody who's as we
«Uma noite, cheguei a ter a faca da cozinha encostada à garganta, e depois pensei, tem calma, homem, que a tua menina pode querer que a leves ao jardim zoológico.»

Pândega do começo até ao final. Charles Bukowski, através da sua famigerada linguagem impiedosa, antirromântica, vernacular e impudica, aflora temas influentes (como a perseguição da fêmea, os benefícios do álcool, as praxes cerimoniosas presentes na atuação laboral) de forma despreocupada e quase incauta.

Correios distingue-se p
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 the post office 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.
Oct 24, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Underdogs
My first reading of a Bukowski book. I loved it because I identified with the drunk loser protagonist who lives day-to-day in a job he hates yet doesn't have many options to do anything else.

I like the style in which Bukowski writes. It's very descriptive, yet straight to the point on how a character is feeling and the current situations they're in without the sugar coating. The main character is cynical yet emotional and endearing.
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
I feel a bit guilty for rating this book four stars- like I’m selling out the sisterhood or something like that. Trouble is, I can relate to this book, and Henry Chinaski. I’m not an alcoholic, or a jerk (that’s my opinion), but I've known and loved plenty of people who are. And who can’t relate to having had a crappy, repetitive, demeaning job complete with insipid power freaks running the joint? It’s as true a thing now as it was then.

The beauty of Post Office is that ultimately, it’s inspiri
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
أحمد شاكر
لم يفاجأني تشارلز بوكوفسكي، بمضمون عمله أو موضوعه. فميللر أكثر إقداما منه، وموضوع البريد، عرفناه من قبل، مع العم أصلان. فاجأني بحلاوة سرده، وطلاوته. جمله القصيرة أسرتني. لأن تلك التقنية أقصد الجمل القصيرة، محببة لدي.

قال ساراماجو، في عام وفاة ريكاردو ريس: "نحن لا نكون صادقين، إلا إذا صدقنا الآخرون". ويقول بوكوفسكي: "الكتابة الحذرة هي كتابة ميتة"، وأنا أقول: ثمة علاقة قوية بين الصدق وحياة الكتابة، فالكتابة الصادقة، هي كتابة حية، والعكس صحيح تماما. وبوكوفسكي، لم يكن حذرا أبدا في مكتب بريده، لذا فال
I've changed it from five stars to four stars and back and back. Chinaski would've loved that, if he was here, sitting back on the couch nearby. He would've loved to see me go clickity click and obsess over it, like it was so fucking important. Like maybe the orphans wouldn't get any dinner if the stars weren't just fucking right. And then he'd watch me writing about that, and say something like, 'is this the internet age, huh? Is this where I am?'

Look, you know, I could explain to him the flaws
I bought this book at the secondhand bookshop for two bucks. It's the first Bukowski I've read. It's a great read, the story of Henry Chinaski's dismal job, nights spent getting pissed and one night stands, blowing work off to go to the track. I couldn't read it fast enough, it was almost as if someone had just sat down and started ranting about their life and kept going for about two days. The description of his tedious job at the Post Office, his coworkers, the "soups" and their constant citat ...more
Iso Cambia
May 16, 2011 Iso Cambia rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.

Post Office, Bukowski's semi-autobiographical novel about working in the Postal Service, is his first novel - and it some ways, it feels like it. The prose is lovely though not quite as polished in his later works, and if you've read some of his other works, there are a few things that felt like trademarks that are missing here.

For starters, he doesn't really talk about his writing yet, which feels odd as writing about writing is one of my favorite things Bukowski does well. There's also some of

لم أتوقع ألا أكملها ):

لقد قرأت شعر بوكوفسكي كثيراً من قبل ..
وبدأت معه حين وجدت صورته صدفة ولم أكن اعرف عنه شيئاً ..
ثم رأيت صورة قبره وقد كُتب عليه عنوان أحد أشهر قصائده
كُتب .. لا تحاول

لا تحاول !

فعلا هذه هي الجملة المناسبة تماما لفكره العبثي

بوكوفسكي .. هذا المجنون الذي قال عن نفسه أنه العبقري الذي لا يعرف هذا أحد سواه !
فعلا .. ولكنك يا عزيزي قد تخطيت العبقرية بشعرة .. وتجاوزتها لجنون مقنع بالإبداع

بوكوفكسي ..ذكرني
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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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