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Storie di ordinaria follia

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  19,007 ratings  ·  653 reviews
La biografia di Bukowski include due tentativi di lavorare come impiegato, dimissioni dal "posto fisso" a cinquant'anni suonati, "per non uscire di senno del tutto" e vari divorzi. Questi scarsi elementi ricorrono con insistenza nella narrativa di Bukowski, più un romanzo a disordinate puntate che non racconti a sé, dove si alternano e si mischiano a personaggi ed eventi d ...more
Paperback, Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 340 pages
Published June 1978 by Feltrinelli (first published January 1978)
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Mar 02, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i was first introduced to this book in the bathroom of a one-night-stand's house. i tried to delay the sex part, because i was actually more interested in the book than the guy but i was eventually overtaken. nonetheless, i went and bought the book the following week.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is in the form of his life here. Every single story hits you hard. Most of them aren't more than 5 pages long. But the impact is tremendous. Basically Bukowski has just one story. That of the down and out, hard drinking and alienated vagabond who spews out some incredible social commentary.

There are some gems like the one about guys with clean kitchens. And this wonderful line ".....doldrums of mechanical people in a mechanical act, trying to tickle their cement souls back into life wi
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Χωρις πολλα λογια, Μπουκοφσκι σε μεγαλα κεφια.ενα απο τα καλυτερα βιβλια του που εχω διαβασει με απολαυστικα διηγηματα, γεματα απο ολα αυτα τα στοιχεια που τον χαρακτηριζουν..
Kyriakos Sorokkou
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those rare books that made me laugh out loud, with my heart; and yet behind these funny moments a grim reality was lurking underneath.

The first time I saw Bukowski's photo, for a moment I thought he was the prolific Greek poet Yannis Ritsos and then I realised he was not. But beside the beard and the long wavy hair and their prolific writing careers they don't seem to share anything else.
Ritsos is more lyrical more benign in his writing.
Bukowski is more straightforward, with an
Indra Mangule
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply love Bukowski. He belonged to a world I dont quite understand and he disliked people on such a high level - it confuses me. He describes a universe, where all things are wrong and where meaning of going on seems as dubious as the claim that one can come out of this life still being sane.

And yet, there are too many familiarities in what Bukowski says. I can sympathise to what he is saying or rather, what he seems to be feeling. Though the source of his impressions is different from mine,
Steven Godin
Even though I am a big fan of Bukowski's novels I think his Strength was definitely in short stories and this collection has got everything you would come to expect from the master of low life literature, from the booze, women, cheap cigars and poetry reading to the drunken outbursts, lewd behaviour, betting on the horses and dead end jobs it's all there, and if I could choose any drinking buddy dead or alive there is no contest (I can almost picture the scene now with me probably waking up in t ...more
Víctor Blanco
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como antología de relatos, los hay mejores y los hay peores. Pero los buenos brillan mucho.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Forse un genio , forse un barbone

Difficile a dirsi .
Di sicuro uno che scrive di se stesso e beve (sempre) troppo.
Una scrittura diretta , rude , sgrammaticata (o è la traduzione? boh!)
a volte "sconcia" , che riesce a farti respirare a fondo il tanfo dell'alcool e dello squallore e dell'emarginazione e della solitudine...
anche se non mancano sprazzi di poesia.
Il libro inizia con questo racconto:La piú bella donna della città

Cass era la piú giovane e la piú bella di 5 sorelle. Cass era la piú bell
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I couldn't get into this book. I really liked Post Office but this one left me cold. I felt that the quality was patchy - a few of the stories I really liked, but some appeared to me to be dashed off at speed or written just to shock.
Henry Martin
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski – the man, the myth, the legend.

I’ve been reading Bukowski’s works on and off for the past 25+ years, and I have yet to find it boring.

Tales of Ordinary Madness is a collection of 34 short stories, some fictional, some less so, and some downright out of his own, unique life.

Unlike his other, pseudo-autobiographical works, or his other short story collections, this one was harder to read than most. Not because of the subject matter – after 25 years I know what to expect from him – but
Aaron Maddox
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Franco  Santos
Muy pocos relatos me gustaron de este libro. No obstante, volveré a intentarlo con este autor.
Never really read anything like that. It`s dark (although usually, humorously) and pessimistic, with Bukowski (or his fictional alter egos) always making sure to hit rock bottom. There is no real connection between the stories (which are not all equal in quality, with some being better than others) except for the main motives- drinking, swearing, sex and the occasional law breaking or in other words, the life of a drunk and a dirty old man. This is not for the faint of heart! ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Il libro è costituito da racconti che descrivono, con una scrittura forzatamente volgare, la vita di Charles Bukowski. Dai racconti emerge uno scrittore sempre senza soldi, che pensa solamente ad andare all'ippodromo, ad ubriacarsi e al sesso in tutte le sue forme. Questi "argomenti" sono esposti in modo ripetitivo, prevedibile ed anche, talvolta, disgustoso. Bukowski non si fa scrupoli nel raccontarci come fa sesso (in tutti i modi ed in ogni momento), come si ubriaca (sempre), come si svuota l ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: charles-bukowski
Bukowskiego wolę zdecydowanie w długich formach powieściowych. Jego opowiadania to często bardziej felietony, takie lekko bełkotliwe obserwacje zdegenerowanego życia przez zdegenerowanego człowieka. I to ma swój urok, ale czasem jest męczące a czasem po prostu nudne. Takie miałem uczucie czytając niektóre opowiadania z tego tomu. Ale jednocześnie co jakiś czas zdarzają się absolutne perełki surrealistycznego, dosadnego humoru, które czyta się z wielką przyjemnością. W tym wypadku były to "Odsiad ...more
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to Emily by: My friend Todd.
This was my introduction to Bukowski. A friend loaned me this book after reading a short story I wrote, telling me that I would probably enjoy it.

As I read it, a strange feeling came over me. It was the feeling of excitement knowing that I was reading something brilliant mixed with the feeling that I got when I saw Hustler Magazine for the first time. I think it describes Bukowski's work perfectly. His words are both beautiful and debauched at the same time. Still one of my favorite books.

Apr 24, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Aunque estoy convencido de que hay lecturas positivas que te ayudan ha vivir, y hay lecturas negativas que te oscurecen el acto existencial, creo que es necesario mirar en ambos sentidos. Hay que ser higiénicos y hay que embarrarse en lodo de vez en cuando. Bukowski es chapotear en fango: divertido, sarcástico, irónico, deprimente, destructivo, nada para tomarse en serio. La receta es la misma: pobreza, alcoholisimo, mujeres-carne, el heroísmo en el vacío existencial.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ufff.... este libro ha sido una pasada....
Bukowski puede golpearte, asquearte, emocionarte, deprimirte y hacerte reír , todo de una vez... ha de ser por eso que un escritor maldito...
Hay algunos relatos muy flojos.... pero hay otros que son notables...
Y uno en particular, que fue muy difícil de digerir...
la pedofilia es un tema complicadísimo para mí....y no puedo con él
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eterna poveste a inculturii traducatorilor. In cazul nostru o traducatoare care nu a auzit de Elixirul dragostei de Donizetti si il traduce prin Elixirul iubirii, la fel, in loc de Rapsodia albastra - Rapsodia in albastru. Ma indispun cumplit genul asta de rateuri. Editura este Polirom, banuiesc ca e aceeasi traducere.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
È difficile valutare dal punto di vista letterario questi racconti, nei quali vengono sovvertiti tutti i canoni compositivi e grafici tradizionali, in una ripetizione ossessiva di temi, situazioni ed eccessi che talora si sospetta volti soprattutto a stupire, provocare e scandalizzare; ma soprattutto è difficile scindere il giudizio qualitativo dell’opera da quello personale sull’autore, poiché ad essere oggetto del giudizio del lettore è essenzialmente lui, Charles Bukowski.
Persona o personagg
Julie Rylie
Bukowski, Bukowski...

even though this guy uses mostly the same topics on his books there is something about it that draws me again and again and again to it like I'm addicted. And I have to say in terms of exposing his mind and philosophizing about various topics this book for me it's the one that is most well written (among the ones I have read so far of course).

I've underlined some quotes and lines of thought that I want to add to the quotes here later.

There is a lot of talk about the race
Craig Stone
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I lost this book when I was about 50 pages from the end. I think I might have left it in the gym - which is probably some sort of Bukowskian sin.

I'll read those last pages one day, but I knew from half way in that this was a five star book. I love Bukowski. I love his tales of ordinary madness. Though, of course, the madness isn't ordinary because Bukowski wasn't like most people.

He drinks his way through the book, offending the world around him, offending reads like a bewildered k
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit, short-stories
He writes well, this much is obvious, but I really just didn't care about reading what felt like the same 'story' over and over again.

I enjoyed his writerly voice, the tone of the prose, the attitude of it all, it was so dirty and real as you would expect of somebody influence so obviously by Ernest Hemingway but, and maybe it is because of these expectations that I didn't love it, I was expecting more, something to make me want to keep turning the pages, plot maybe? And if that's so then I gues
Oct 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
once upon a time, in a shitshack bookstore not unlike so many other shitshack bookstores, a life-long love was forged. employed at this store was a strapping young lad named chris. bright-eyed. bushy-tailed. boneheaded. and enamored with the wealth of books surrounding him. he was perplexed as where to even begin looking for the good stuff, and he’d often scour the place after business hours. labyrinthine shelves. stocked endcaps. free-standing or pop-up displays. a pile of books here and there ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ďalšia, rekordne rýchlo nedočítaná kniha.
To bolo samé: "Musíš si Bukowského prečítať! Bukowski je majster slova! Bukowski sa ti bude páčiť! Bukowski je mrte sranda, sa budeš rehotať! Bukowski je život!" ... podľa môjho skromného názoru a 40 strán skúseností, je Bukowski tak akurát ko*ot.
Chudák, ktorému nikdy nemalo byť dané slovo.
Vidím ódu na nadávky ... na čom sa mám smiať? Ako muž nadáva žene na stranu - dve? Pred dieťaťom, ktorého výchovu zanedbáva? To sa mám smiať? Či glorifikácioa alkohol
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I walked around the block twice, passed 200 people and failed to see a human being."

"This birth thing. And this death thing. Each one had it's turn. We entered alone and we left alone. And most of us lived lonely and frightened and incomplete lives. An incomparable sadness descended up on me. Seeing all that life that must die. Seeing all that life that would first turn to hate, to dementia, to neuroses, to stupidity, to fear, to murder, to nothing - nothing in life and nothing in death."

Jovi Ene
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Povestirile lui Bukowski nu-l mai au în prim-plan pe Chinaski, ci cu totul alte personaje, inclusiv pe unul... Bukowski, dar cu același tipic: băutură (anti-droguri!), femei, arta de a scrie, singurătate și dorința de a reuși (oriunde, chiar și la cursele de cai).
Este clar că Bukowski nu poate plăcea oricui, pentru că ascunde și multă mizerie, și singurătate, și misoginism, și duritate sau violență. Dar talentul său este neîndoielnic și veți ieși schimbați din această experiență.
În plus, nu e de
This wasn't an amazing, blow you away book, but is that what you would really expect going into it? I've read a handful of Bukowski novels before and I've liked them even though some of their honesty makes me cringe now and again.

This is a selection of short stories, mostly autobiographical, and I found them delightful and easy to digest. I've never read any of Bukowski's poetry, but he does a good job at truncated writing. Little blurbs of thought and ponderings of things instead of forcing a l
Lucia M
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es la segunda vez que leo esta compilación de relatos. Bukowski cumple, siempre escribiendo desde lo bizarro, parado más allá de la vergüenza y de lo políticamente correcto. Con apertura y sin complejo narra los bajos ambientes, las malas rachas, la mala vida. Me gusta más el Bukowski cascado y mayor, el que es más reflexivo y crítico con el sistema, pero en general no tiene desperdicio ninguna historia.
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I was looking for something new (to me) in the early 90's and some dweeb in a Brentano's recommended this to me because Bukowski has died months before. I hate discovering something great just after the author has died. I also hate people saying how great some author (or artist) was after they die, but they never had much to say while the author was still alive.

Anyway, this is one of his two greatest novels.
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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
“I felt like crying but nothing came out. it was just a sort of sad sickness, sick sad, when you can't feel any worse. I think you know it. I think everybody knows it now and then. but I think I have known it pretty often, too often.” 2937 likes
“the free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” 2859 likes
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