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Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski
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Apr 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: adult
Read in April, 2009

This was my first Bukowski read, and I'm honestly surprised I made it this long without discovering him before. Especially considering how I devour most literature that is dark and disturbing. Bukowski likes to drink, a lot, and this short story collection appears to be auto-biographical about his drinking, gambling and womanizing. I'm honestly surprised he is able to get pen to paper with the sheer amount of alcohol consumed. Bukowski is crass and vulgar. His violent tendencies and lack of respect for women are frightening. That said, his writing is brilliant and his train of thought, however disgusting and vile, plays homage to the demons in his head. Reminds me of Palahniuk, in an old-fashioned kind of way.

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