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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  19,523 ratings  ·  765 reviews
Henry Chinaski siempre ha estado en pie de guerra, sin bajar la guardia contra el «establishment» y sus infinitos tentáculos. Pero en Hollywood no le será nada fácil: John Pinchot, un enloquecido director de cine, se empeña en llevar a la pantalla sus relatos de juventud, o sea la autobiografía de un alcohólico empedernido.

Bukowski cuenta en este libro las experiencias de
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published October 15th 1996 by Anagrama (first published 1989)
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Rayme Michaels Well, it's a novel, but it's based on the making of the movie "Barfly," also written by Bukowski. In the book, however, the movie is called "The Dance…moreWell, it's a novel, but it's based on the making of the movie "Barfly," also written by Bukowski. In the book, however, the movie is called "The Dance of Jim Beam," and, as with his previous four novels, Bukowski's name is Henry Chinaski. Everyone else's name is changed in the book as well.(less)

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Jeffrey Keeten
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hollywood
”The racetrack was important to me because it allowed me to forget that I was supposed to be a writer. Writing was strange. I needed to write, it was like a disease, a drug, a heavy compulsion, yet I didn’t like to think of myself as a writer. Maybe I had met too many writers. They took more time disparaging each other than they did doing their work. They were fidgets, gossips, old maids; they bitched and knifed and they were full of vanity. Were these our creators? Was it always thus? Probably ...more
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Hollywood .. Hollywood .. People, streets and hustle, Hollywood .. Hollywood city / movie, eyes that know sleep in the morning. This is a city that must be seen on television and says: I was here and I know this street.



رغم جمال السرد إلا أن هذا النص لم يكن ليـحتمل كل هذه الصفحات.. لولا اللغة الـفخمة لبوكفسكي لما كنت تحملت هذه الزيادات في الجمل والإفادة في القراءات الخاصة عن هوليود، ومع ذلك النص رائع.

بوكوفسكي في هوليود أسعدني جدًا، وقد تعمق فيها ليخرج بغسيلها على الملأ قاصدًا ذلك "جئنا لنأخذ الغس
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Rachael
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. See a lot of 'eh' reviews. Have no idea if it's my own involvement in film, writing and Los Angeles of the past that makes this tale a spark of real life. I believe it's the writing alone that does it.
This is Bukowski as Bukowski, not 'Hank'.

'Hollywood' was and still is a pleasure to read. A must have for any screen writer, rags to riches bum, alcoholic literary being, or the real reason to read Buk or Fante.. the Clean Line.

It's the story of 'Barfly' (a Bukowski book) and the
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Tom Steele
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
If you read this book you really should see the movie Barfly, which is the movie Bukowski talks about in this book. The book has a ton of references to that film here as well as references to his life before recognition. It is easily the tamest Bukowski I've ever read and to be honest it was almost awkward at times just how subdued he managed to be. Therefore, it is somewhat ironic that it deals with the film which chronicles him as a scrappy young drunk but it is also interesting to see how mu ...more
David Schaafsma
I finished listening to Ham on Rye by Bukowski and just jumped right into this one, a later one and not so great, but still pretty hilarious at times about his experience with Hollywood in the writing of the screenplay for and the making of Barfly:

“What will you do?"
"Oh, hell, I'll write a novel about writing the screenplay and making the movie."
"What are you going to call it?"
"Hollywood."
"Hollywood?"
"Yes. . ."

The working class Bukowski almost predictably skewers pretentious Hollywood types ala
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Dane Cobain
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been kind of saving this one because it was the only Bukowski novel that I hadn’t read. But then I saw Paperback Junky on YouTube talking about Bukowski and it made me want to pick it up and tick it off.

It was worth the wait. If you’ve read Bukowski before and you’re familiar with his history then you’ll even be able to tie this book back to the events that it covers. Bukowski wrote the autobiographical screenplay for a movie called Barfly starring Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, and this n
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Yair Ben-Zvi
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I have a soft spot for Bukowski, have had one since my days in community college and the early days of my time at university. That being said, I wouldn't call him a "great" author with the likes of Shakespeare, Kafka, Joyce, but, in an odd way, I don't think he was ever "meant" to be one of those kinds of authors. And no one seemed more honest about this than Buk himself. He dedicated his last book "Pulp" "to bad writing" (or something to that effect) and on his gravestone itself are inscribed t ...more
Josh
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bukowski’s least vulgar and most uplifting novel. Here we see Chinaski as an old man who finally has some success. He’s married, he’s found booze equilibrium, he’s established as an honest to god author. This would be an interesting entry point for new bukowski readers. The narrator is more reflective and positive than I can remember from any of his short stories or other novels. (An aside: I’ve not read them all, but I’ve read most.) As such,I wonder how a reader would feel about him if he/she ...more
Sorin Hadârcă
It starts as a prank, not to be taken seriously. But it gets better and better and by the time it’s closing to the end, some of the finest lines kick through.
James Tingle
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel is all about Bukowski's adventure in Hollywood- getting a film made based on the wild early years of his life, which ended up being called Barfly. I've never actually seen the film and so don't know whether its any good or not, but it doesn't seem a necessary requirement to watch it first anyway- it didn't hamper my reading of this novel at any rate. Here, he's an older guy and has a woman in his life, has settled down to some degree, and is a bit mellower and a bit less raw, but he s
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Jim
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, anthropology
Hollywood is a thinly-veiled first-person account of Charles Bukowski's encounter with the Hollywood film world during the writing, financing, casting, production, promotion, and premiere of Barfly.

In a 1987 interview on a Barfly set with Roger Ebert, Bukowski briefly sets the scene leading up tp the the novel's opening:

http://www.rogerebert.com/interviews/...

"I picked up this phone one day and it was (Director Barbet) Schroeder calling from Paris. I'm drinking, I hung up. Never heard of him. Y
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André
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hollywood delivers another riveting tale about Chinaski's life. This novel depicts Henry's experiences of working with a French director and writing a screenplay for a movie, Barfly.
Barfly, the movie that was written by Bukowski, portrays the author's drunken life.
Our beloved author is starting to see the weight of his age, and, for that reason, it's possible to see a more wasted and passive Bukowski. It's that detail that's going to guide the author's mischief adventure through the Hollywood w
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Justin
Aug 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Incredible book about an old mans look back on his unapologetic alcoholic life
Karky
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had a Chuck Bukowski kick back in 2004. I moved out of my father's house the year prior, inadvertently isolated myself from most of my friends, got a soul-draining job in retail, and fallen into a bit of depression (which hardly anyone noticed). Though I hardly remember what I read, it spoke to me because I was in a toxic environment and Bukowski wrote with an honest intensity that was lacking in my life at the time.

This is the only Bukowski book that stuck with me, and only because of a chara
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Sara Mesuras
3,5*

"The poem has some value, believe me. It keeps you from going totally mad."

"Writing was never work for me. It had been the same for as long as I could remember: turn on the radio to a classical music station, light a cigarette or a cigar, open the bottle. The typer did the rest. All I had to do was be there. The whole process allowed me to continue when life itself offered very little, when life itself was a horror show. There was always the typer to soothe me, to talk to me, to entertain me
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Elona
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charles Bukowski and Stanley Kubrick shared a favorite film: David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Kubrick begged Lynch to tell him how he made the strange baby in the film, but Lynch refused. Mel Brooks, after watching Eraserhead, grabbed David Lynch by the shoulders and said, “You’re a madman, I love you.” “Some people never go crazy,” wrote Bukowski, “what truly horrible lives they must lead.” Mel Brooks later hired Lynch to direct the Elephant Man, a story of alienation and rejection, of an outcasted an ...more
Noah Hertz
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay my real rating is a 3.5 but goodreads is dumb. I was in the library on my college campus looking for something by William Burroughs but not being able to find it, I walked over to the shelf next to it which had BUKOWSKI. I knew the name, didn't know anything by him, and Hollywood was the biggest and most colorful one so that's what I went with! I didn't find the subject matter to be all that interesting and I was entirely unfamiliar with the movie that the book's about, but I enjoyed Bukows ...more
Will
Dec 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Probably the best I can say about Bukowski is that you get what you expect. That's both praise and diminution. The art of his books is that they can inject his ego directly into your mind. When he's thrilled, your thrilled. When he's disgusted, so are you. The salvation of Hollywood is that most of the time he's bemused and curious. As plans go awry and the world upends, he's playing with a cat---"The cat liked to chase this piece of string."

Of course, that's the extent of it all. There's no de
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Golshan Tabatabaie
“Why did you write this movie?”
“When I write something I never think about why.”


I think I've read too much Bukowski! Is it possible? Is it the reason why I didn't enjoy this book? So his works have become so normal and ordinary for me? Because I know his style and I'm used to it?
Whatever the reason is, Hollywood is my least favourite book of him. Sadly, this book wasn't for me.
Tom Stamper
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fictionalized version of Bukowski's experience making the film, Barfly. The people are re-named but most are not too hard to decipher if you are familiar with the film. Wikipedia helped me with the others. You can tell that Bukowski loved Barbet Schroeder, who is heroic despite the eccentricities. The Hollywood people all have their own quirks as you would expect. It's all played through Bukowski's alter ego, Henry Chinanski. I started this saga in January and I'm sad to see it end w ...more
Anna
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure when the average reader finds out that the book is a painfully obvious autobiography of Bukowski's life. But after looking at some of his other work, it's probably painful just to read that first sentence; most (a lot? all? I don't know) of Bukowski's work is autobiographical.

The concept of this book is best done as a short story, and it really is - don't let the amount of pages fool you. It's a simple read with nothing of a poetic nature. It's as if you're reading a part of Bukows
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Jim
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The next time someone suggests that any of my novels should be adapted into a film, I should toss this book at their head like a move from a Krazy Kat comic. Bukowski's wry, witty comedy of absurd goings-on through this roman a clef tale based on the making of the film 'Barfly' exposes the entire process from his alcoholic drunk point of view. He and his patient wife endure producer after producer, divas, deceptive executives and mildly admiring fans.

Yes, his self/narrator is a bit of a jerk, b
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Cátia Vieira
Well, I finished Hollywood (1989) by Charles Bukowski yesterday! And, let me be up front about something: I am a HUGE FAN of Bukowski!!
This novel is a Roman à clef since it’s inspired in real people and real events. In Hollywood, Bukowski fictionalizes his experiences as the screenwriter of the movie Barfly. I must admit I find the idea of writing a book about a moment where you were writing a screenplay about your books really cool!! Only Bukowski could think of such a thing! It was funny to r
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Mark
Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
"I hate those people, they are so phony" then we had a drink, "I hate those people, they are so phony" then we had a drink, "I hate those people, they are so phony" then we had a drink, "I hate those people, they are so phony" then we had a drink, "I hate those people, they are so phony" then we had a drink.

-That about sums up the book.
LATOYA JOVENA
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the creation of the movie 'Barfly.' I definitely have to see the movie now.
I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
Chinaski has made it now, but nothing has changed but his zip code.
Arthur Hoyle
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bukowski's take on making the movie Barfly with Mickey Rourke. Funny.
Eslam
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski at his best!

Chinaski, struggling against his misery with alcohol, presents his life to you as honest and dishonest as it might get.

He was warned, long time ago, that if he drinks more alcohol, he dies. (Just like an extremely cold scientific fact).

But there he is, drinking all the time and death just stops. Not making a move towards him.

Chinaski's heart is roaring with nihilism, loss of authentic meaning in life and, not caring so much, he lived longer. He just needed Sarah to earn m
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Arcadia
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, I wish I could give a 2.5 as a review. The dirty realism with which Bukowski's writes gets overbearingly simple at times, and as character John Galt says to Bukowski's alter ego Chinaski, 'Your stuff wil always sell. A child can read it.' It shows the degenerate side of Hollywood expertely, repelling, conceited, not at all glamorous. I will be reading more Bukowski, the book sparked the flame of interest within me, I'll give it that.
Nick
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A very informative look at the screenwriter's job on a film set. Which is to say that it doesn't amount to much. There's not really any drama in here and the plot kind of drifts in and out of focus with Henry returning to the horse track every so often, but that's also the books charm.

Hollywood is a slice of life with a few unique moments. Nothing feels over dramatized, it all feels like a lackadaisical drunk wrote it, and he did, so whatever I guess.
Jackson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hollywood, usa
Hollywood sees Bukowski at his tamest. He appreciates a good red wine and enjoys spending time with his wife and cats. The surrounding cast of producers, actors, directors and hangers-on provide most of the crazy in their efforts to make a movie about his life. Perhaps as a consequence of this, the novel also sees him at his most human. The novel offers the perfect playground for Bukowski to indulge his oft stated contempt for Hollywood and its superficialities, and he tries, but for all his eff ...more
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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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