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Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
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Jan 07, 12

Read from January 01 to 06, 2012

I haven’t read any of Charles Bukowski’s works except one poem (about travelling in California) which title I easily forgot. My initial impression of the Tales of Ordinary Madness is that of a collection of Tarantino-esque short films -- dirty and dull. And reading it would make me dirty. The book is as dirty as Joyce’s Dubliners is thumbs-up clean (I tried to read Dubliners straight once but it tasted like binge-drinking). Bukowski’s prose turns out as I read through, pretty fine. Some stories remind me of Brautigan’s Revenge of The Lawn. Bukowski’s writing is comic and squalid with a nod to 20th century countercultures. Some may be grammatical photocopies of Hemingway:--

there was a space of silence. frankly, I wasn’t even thinking of Benny Adimson and his problem. then I tried to think of Benny Adimson and his problem...


The whole collection is leering mad in its appearance but tender and humorous inside.
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01/01/2012 page 8
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01/01/2012 page 31
13.0% "If Salinger shall ever write a story for Esme, he should employ Bukowski."
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