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En este libro ambientado en Los Ángeles se nota la continua presencia de la gran urbe en toda la escritura de Charles Bukowski, ciudad infernal, a pesar de estar situada en medio del paraíso californiano, sueño de todo pobre ciudadano USA, con sus naranjas, su sol y su vino, vino del que Bukowski da buena cuenta toda su vida, como el whisky, como la cerveza, que habrán de ...more
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Published February 1st 1995 by Anagrama (first published 1973)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
South of No North (Short Story Collection), Charles Bukowski

South of No North contains some of Bukowski's best work.

Index of stories: Loneliness; Bop Bop against That Curtain; You and Your Beer and How Great You Are; No Way to Paradise; Politics; Love for $17.50; A Couple of Winos; Maja Thurup; The Killers; A Man; Class; Stop Staring at My Tits, Mister; Something About a Viet Cong Flag; You Can't Write a Love Story; Remember Pearl Harbor?; Pittsburgh Phil and Co.; Dr. Nazi; Christ on Roller Ska
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Jen
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
yeah, i went through my Bukowski phase too, although my phase was short lived. i probably would have given all of the books that i read an extra star if i rated them at the time that i read them. maybe i am not being fair. biggest lesson learned from reading Bukowski - don't date guys who idolize Bukowski. it never ever works out...
David Schaafsma
Greta, help, I can’t stop reading Charles Bukowski! And I’m not a nihilist, though Bukowski very well may be. His only allegiances are to women, booze and (betting on) horses, the backdrop of which is decades of working a lot of terrible jobs he makes us shudder and laugh about. Oh, and Bukowski also at his best has an undying allegiance to great writing, crafting so much more of it than you might expect from his (existential) condition. And sure, Greta, some of them are nasty and difficult, but ...more
Ned
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Bukowski at his typical nasty self, a proud misogynist who can't get along with others. It was published in the early 1970s, after Buk had finally enjoyed some success and recognition after many long years of drunken secret writing. It is the beginning of his time in life when he became a bit more respectable and his home life stabilized (he would recoil at this characterization). This collection is unique in that it is entirely short stories and sketches, none of the typical poetry. If ...more
Alex
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one great collection of stories. They touched me in every way possible. It was my first encounter with Bukowski and not the last.
He is crystal clear in his descriptions, aggresive in his opininons.
You have to be a certain typ to like him. He is raw and doesnt comfort the reader. If you like the superficial glamorous this is not for you. if you like Tom Waits, this is definitely for you.
Mohit Parikh
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is a no bullshit gangsta. He comes, he shoots, he leaves.
(Yeah, innuendo intended. A little bit.)
robin friedman
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Buried Life

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) had a gift for creating evocative titles. The title of this book, "South of No North: Stories of the Buried Life" (1975) captures hauntingly the sense of loneliness, alienation, and aloneness that underlies the 27 short stories in this volume.

Bukowski began writing short stories at an early age while he supported himself doing odd jobs and through work at the Post Office. He then turned to poetry and, eventually, to writing novels at the urging of John
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Dale Jr.
Bukowski's short stories aren't new to me. I've read through The Most Beautiful Woman in Town and Tales of Ordinary Madness. Both of those were filled with some great shorts, but I'm left feeling a little disappointed with South of No North.

It's not that there aren't some good shorts in here. There are. Personally, "Bop Bop Against That Curtain", "Politics", "Love for $17.50", and "Pittsburgh Phil & Co." were a few of the highlights. Highlights, but not stunners. They didn't throw the right hook
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Po Po
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of short stories. Dark, gloomy, brutal and real. I adore Bukowski's colorful vocabulary and rough 'round the edges vernacular.

Delara H F
Absurd... Totally absurd
Who the heck does he think he is messing with papa?!! Seriously?
Awfully horrifying catastrophic!!
Koen
Nov 19, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The majority of these stories are (semi-?)autobiographical. What does Bukowski's alter ego do? He drinks, he fucks. He's a bum. When he's not on a drinking or fucking spree he tries (and fails) to hold down any mean job, or he's in hospital recovering from some booze-induced ailment. He hates his fellow men that are clean-shaven and have steady jobs. (I like clean-shaven men with steady jobs: more often than not they are decent, idealistic people with a self-deprecating sense of humor that arise ...more
Tom Stamper
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of short stories is much like Bukowski’s last novel, Pulp, although it was written during the period where his novels were more biographical. I wouldn’t recommend reading this as your first Bukowski effort. I’d start with Post Office or Ham on Rye. Once you get through the novels though this is a fun book for the sheer outlandishness of the stories and the behaviors of the characters. Most of the stories are pretty short although a few stretch out into mini chapters. You’ll have ...more
reem
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual, I couldn't put this down. Bukowski will always be a guilty pleasure. Why? We all know that he's a piece of work, his writing suffers almost always of some form of misogyny or bigotry but nevertheless he is attractive and truthful enough to be taken as he is. This is my first venture into his short stories and this collection didn't let me down. The story about him getting into the ring with Hemingway was so funny I couldn't believe what I was reading. "Don't blow your brains out." Five ...more
Gino
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Bukowski book and instantly a favorite. Bukowski writes with the shock of his gritty reality. He's a drunk, a gambler, a womanizer and a cheat, yet he's incredibly endearing. When I finished the book I hated myself for loving it and relating to the main character/the writer. I can't wait to read more of his work.
Christoph
In the middle of a divorce with nightly whiskey when I didn't believe in anyone anymore I saw myself in Bukowski's gritty, depraved world, and he spoke to me. "Yeah!" I'd say out loud, reading him. With his strange, festering, throwaway, penniless lifestyle which somehow made room for snobbery about classical music and the "good writers," I could scratch my neck, still damp from alcohol and overdue air conditioners, and clink my glass to nobody, alone with his book on my lap. But peeking back in ...more
Vishal
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I wrote a pretty good review of this, and pressed Save and my review got lost.

Furious.

The only consolation being that Bukowski suffered more, and through this he channeled the kind of cut-glass lyricism into his words that will inspire me forever.

No matter how many reviews I end up losing :-)
Brandy K
Mar 18, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had never hopped on the Bukowski train nor did I know much about him and his work but lots of people seemed to like his writing so okay let's give it a shot I think to myself. After a few stories, I was already bored of the obnoxious writing style but worse was the undercurrent of what reminded me of an abuser. I stopped reading and googled Bukowski and what do you know there's even a whole video during an interview of him literally physically kicking his gf alongside verbal and mental abuse.

I
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Allan
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was a big Bukowski fan in my twenties, reading all of his novels (bar 'Women' that I couldn't finish), a couple of his short story collections that were available in the UK at the time and two of his poetry anthologies. Noticing that this and another of his short story anthologies had recently appeared on Audible as audiobooks, I thought that I'd give them a try.

You pretty much know what you get with Bukowski. The short stories feature his alter ego, Chinaski pretty heavily, with all the drink
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Mat
Apr 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A motley and eclectic collection of good, funny, bad and disturbing short stories. I don't mind a bit lasciviousness (sorry been waiting to use that word) in stories I read, in fact I welcome it but there were several stories in this compilation that described some pretty violent sex and even rape which I found slightly disturbing because that is a practice that I could never in any circumstances condone. Having said that, there were other stories which were absolutely brilliant. I find the guy ...more
Meredith
I'm starting to feel like we're old friends, Bukowski and I. This book had stories I'd heard before but like a good friend, I listened anyway and pretended I hadn't heard them before. Because that's what you do. Because the story will be told a little differently and it never hurts to be reminded. This book showed his violent side a bit more which made me think, "do I like him less?" Surprisingly, no. He's a bastard but, I suppose, all points of view have merit and I love his writing style. So, ...more
Sarah Booth
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Short stories by Bukowski. He wrote about himself without excuse; he never apologized for who he was which is refreshing. Bukowski speaks to human nature and our actions that often have little foresight or planning to them. He also speaks personally to my inner misanthrope, but I can’t really tell you want draws me so to reading his books and poems, but something does even when it makes me uncomfortable.
Kurt
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars for the writing, very Hemingway like, and who was Buk's idol, another staccato-talking tough guy, and all. Three stars, however, for the content - which was very Buk. Overall, South of No North, a collection of Charles Bukowski's short short stories, is a fun read. "Define fun," you say? I say, define Buk.
Eve Kay
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drunken
I've said it before and I'm saying it again:
There's something about Bukowski's short stories that just don't click with me. I love his work as a novelist and a poet but the short stories just don't work for me.
These were mainly about ass.
Grekz
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This dirty old Man always delivers for me. Somehow it always feels like he is drinking next to you talking about his life.
Pragathish Rajan
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Bukowski writes about degeneracy, sex, sexual degeneracy, booze and just about everything that is low down and murky. Absurd and humorous and gross. A fun read.
I especially loved 'Maja Thurup', 'Stop staring at my tits, mister' and 'The way the dead love'.
Carla
Just "The Killers", 1 star.
Col
Apr 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b, 2017
Synopsis/blurb.....

South of No North contains some of Bukowski's best work. Among the short stories collected in the book are Love for $17.50, about a man named Robert whose infatuation with a mannequin in a junk shop leads him first to buy it, then make love to it, and then eventually fall in love with "her," much to the consternation of his real-life girlfriend; Maja Thurup, about a South American tribesman with an enormous penis who is brought to Los Angeles by the woman anthropologist who ha
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Lei Kit
My life is boring, so plain and planned. A long long blank filled with all kinds of other blanks. Never had a whore or a bloodied nose. I knew that life doesn't have to be that way but I was once very happy it was that way. I was proud of that boredom, of my getting good at rationalizing the boredom, as if there's something heroic in being anti-heroic.

But one day Buk came and threw me a right and a left and knocked me out. He left me a book and was gone. He was drunk perhaps, got the wrong door
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Rob Kitchin
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski’s prose is rich, whilst still maintaining a show rather than tell style, and there is much to admire in the writing. His short stories are often only a thousand words or so, but are vivid and engaging, and it’s clear why Time magazine labelled him the ‘laureate of American low life’. And even though the stories in South of No North clearly relate to his own life, especially those focused on Henry Chinaski (his childhood acne, his chronic alcoholism, his endless succession of jobs, his m ...more
Zack
Mar 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles Bukowski once said, "Genius might be finding a way to say something complicated in a simpler way, or something relatively easy to explain in an even simpler way," or something like that. Re-reading this and Tropic of Capricorn (my favorite Henry Miller) at the same time, I realized something: the writing in both books is from (and about) the same part of American history--to be general I'll say the 1940s--but Miller was famous at least a decade and a half before any of Bukowski's work wa ...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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