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Escritos de un viejo indecente

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  21,469 ratings  ·  560 reviews
Con sus relatos, reunidos en este volumen, escritos en total libertad para la revista underground Open City, Charles Bukowski se convirtió de inmediato en una celebridad «una leyenda viviente» (New York Review of Books), cuya fama fue aumentando vertiginosamente con la publicación de sus otros libros de relatos y poemas: «el sucesor de Miller y Burroughs», comentó Le Nouve ...more
Paperback, Compactos #84, 216 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Anagrama (first published 1969)
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Jacob Overmark
Dear Charles Bukowski (may you rot in peace)

You had a way with words, and your powers of observation were not without an edge.
I quite liked your political statements, they showed that you after all used your intellect, what-ever-much was left of it in your intoxicated brain.

Your diary reminds me a bit of Celine, and maybe that was your intention, you were a man who had read a great deal.

I realise that you in your life have felt betrayed and not as valued a writer as you thought you deserved.
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Bryan Mclellan
Jun 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Abner
Recommended to Bryan by: Amazon
Rating books with stars, like bars or restaurants or anything else is pretty silly.

This was a good book to read at night while drinking pints at pubs in Seattle. A collection of "articles" from a small(?) paper in Los Angeles (?), there's no apparent chronology or order of any kind to them. If there is, it's deep an intellectual.

And after all, an intellectual takes something simple and makes it complex, while an artist takes something complex and makes it simple. (Indirect book quote)

I'm reminde
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berthamason
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to put Bukowski's sexism aside in order to enjoy his witty, often brutal tales from the American underground. Fun to read. ...more
Chris_P
Picture an alien. Let's say, for convenience sake, he has a completely human appearance. He crashed on earth a few hours ago and now wanders around in a city whose name is irrelevant, while trying to get used to the possibility of having to spend the rest of his life among humans. See him as he walks through a park absorbing images and smells, pausing every once in a while to take a closer look at whatever catches his attention. Starting to feel tired, he heads toward a bench. Just before he sit ...more
M.D. Curzon
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Bukowski at his visceral best - a collection of his columns originally published in 'Open City' in the 1960s. By turns hilarious, disgusting, prosaic and profound, these vignettes of distilled humanity are somehow rendered all the more powerful for the squalor and the cheap sex and the shameless alcoholism. As much as these little stories are impossible to forget, however, it is Bukowski's wry observations on life that really shine through, such as 'The difference between a brave man and ...more
Mat
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat
Like South of No North, this book has its ups and downs, although I like Notes of a Dirty Old Man slightly better for several reasons. There are some really, really interesting and great short stories in this book and there are some really weird, messed-up ones which leave you saying or thinking WTF?

This is a collection of articles that Bukowski wrote in his column for OPEN CITY over about a 11-month period.

This book has reconfirmed for me the fact that Bukowski is best at this form of writing
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Karky
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Michael Seidlinger
So dirty.

So drunky.

So angry.

Truly like an American Celine.

Elise
This one is not for the faint of heart, the delicate, nor the easily offended, but if you are bold, daring, and curious, it is somewhat entertaining. The rants, stories, and prose poems collected here are uneven in quality, but enough of them held my interest so that I was able to finish reading "Notes of a Dirty Old Man." Bukowski is so unflinchingly honest about everything, so don't read this if you can't handle the truth. He also exposes things some might wish they had never seen--prostitutio ...more
Alex Jones
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rupert Owen
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been many years since I have returned to Henry Chinaski (Charles Bukowski) and through Notes of a Dirty Old Man, I was taken on yet another sometimes befuddling and sometimes profound reading experience. Bukowski mixes his prose with personal anecdotes and downright ridiculous absurdity, like a train wreck of thought. As he was churning these out for the Open City press, I gather Bukowski would have been writing many of the stories for his own amusement, just to see how far he could stretch ...more
Nikoline
Feb 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: strong Bukowski fans
Recommended to Nikoline by: book club
Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski is somewhat a autobiography of Bukowski himself but also his alter ego, Henry. This novel is mainly dealing with gabling, drinking and whoring which Bukowski is really good at, but what I find him to be even better at is his way with words and that does not show its true colours in this book.

I read for the prose when it comes to this author, so I was very disappointed to find a lack so enormous that I could hardly get through the book. Still, the wri
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S.P.
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one really
Shelves: fiction
I was expecting something witty and intelligent, what I got was violent, crude, misogynistic and highly unpleasant, in the beginning at least. After a few tens of pages it settles down into a more, well mostly, stable narrative; almost like Bukowski wanted to put off the reader from delving further into the book. Beneath the vulgarity, self-loathing and woman hating, there is a glimmer of something. Perhaps it is, as the reviews on the back cover suggest, about the futility of life. It could be ...more
Tom
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I hadn't read any Bukowski in over a year so I thought it was about time that I carried on with my challenge which is to read everything that he's ever released.

Notes Of A Dirty Old Man is a compilation of columns and short stories that have been collected from Bukowski's early days when he was writing for Open City which was a free, leftist leaning magazine which had a politicalised agenda. Its main aim was to support and influence the non-conformist countercultures which were thriving througho
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Kamran
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exotically intellectual ilk of read.

Emphasised emotions, less-philosophical-more-empirical nature of almost everything 'viciously' came under the nib of Bukowski's pen in this semi-autobiographical journal, with unusual boldness and humorous conduit.

"Well, class is something you see, feel, rather than define, you can see it in men too, animals. You see it in some trapeze artists as they walk onto the arena. Something in the walk, something in the manner. They have something inside AND outsid
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Guillermo Galvan
This book isn't his best stuff. His prime writing can be found elsewhere. Yet Notes of a Dirty Old Man is gem for any long time Bukowski reader because he reveals aspects of himself that are missing from his big titles. This collection of writing has a freer vibe and is more experimental. Political, post-modern, queer, themes almost untouched in his massive body of work.

I give this book five stars for its insightful qualities into a writer I thought could no longer surprise me.
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Scott
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick background on my exposure to Bukowski:

A number of years ago, I watched the Bukowski-scripted movie Barfly, starring Micky Rourke as Bukowski's alter-ego, Chinaski. It's a pretty good flick, which introduces the man's proclivity for drinking and fighting, as well as his exceptional talent for writing poetry and generally being character.

Much later I read "Women", which is a largely autobiographical novel that once again uses the Chinaski character to see the world through Bukowski's eyes.
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Regitze
an intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way

I've always loved that quote. Or since I first read it anyway. But I didn't know that it came from this book.

I really don't know if I liked this book. I just didn't get into it. And not even because it was nasty or creepy (because let's face it, despite panic attacks and crap, I made it through Brett Easton Ellis' American Psycho and if I can get through that, I think
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Jack Stevenson
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a collection of Charles Bukowski's writings for an underground newspaper from the late 1960s. It's semi-autobiographical in that some appear to be true stories from his life, some are blatantly fictional, and some are written from the viewpoint of his alter-ego.

This book isn't going to be for everyone. Bukowski is an unapologetic dirty old man, as the title of the book would suggest, and positively revels in stumbling around America, drinking and fighting and having sex with
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Cody Sexton
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski is the writer other writers try to emulate.
Bukowski is often accused of stripping the good away from life but if you read closer you'll realize how much respect he has for life and how much joy it brings him. I wouldn't describe his work as realism only as a type of "subjective realism" where the truth of the matter is only true for him. As he himself says, "The public takes from a writer what it needs and let's the remainder go, but what they take is usually what they need least and wh
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Kerem
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well well, what can one say about the crooked mindset of Bukowski? Not much to be frank. It's a book full of disconnected crazy/dirty stories at first sight, but it's a solid read with his literary qualities and at times witty, at times dry sense of humour. Surely he's been through a lot in life! ...more
Rob
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rob by: Mark L. Kidd
Shelves: journalism
Journalism? Bukowski? Technically, yes. These writings were all first published under the by-line of “Notes Of A Dirty Old Man” in a Los Angeles free weekly called “Open City” between the years of 1967 – 1969. They largely consist of the usual semi-autobiographical fare from the author in the form of short stories and a few poems but they are essentially really more of a grab bag collection of odds and ends on a variety of subjects. Naturally, due to the confines of the printed page of the newsp ...more
Johara
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donated
I had this book on my TBR shelf for around 5 years... I don't recall where I picked up the name from, and why I had it... but it's possible that the time interested me... I enjoy the tales of dirty old men in general… so here I am… let’s read this “masterpiece”.

The author Bukowski used to write the column "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" for the newspaper Open City (which I never heard of obviously)... One day, someone decided to tell him "hey why not compile them and publish them as a book"... I wis
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Crippled Black Phoenix
I cannot believe that the author of this book and "ham on rye" are the same person.

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Mobyskine
Witty, harsh and some are too banal but surprisingly has that pinch strange enjoyable plot even with random stories and unpunctuated narrative. I always love his randomness but at a point it was somehow a bit troublesome to digest.

Some seem fictional (?) while most are various daily encounters and meets, on Bukowski's viewpoints (the revolution and literature stuff are among my favourite; am gonna listen to your advice, sir) or that odd conversations he had. Baseball, horse racing, of that wome
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Dania
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really don't get what makes Bukowski so profound. Notes of a Dirty Old Man is the ramblings of a drunk and dirty gambler, always looking for his next drink or screw. Bukowski's writing is called Dirty Realism. That pretty much sums this particular book up. This book is a collection of little snippets of stories, based on Bukowski's life. He has no goals or aspirations. He barely works. The only thing he seems to have going for him is a large penis, but in my opinion, he's so dirty, smelly, and ...more
Bruno Guerreiro
Disgusting, depraved, vile, sadistic, cruel. Filled with images of filth, sex and violence, Bukowski's eulogy of "the lowlife" evokes feelings of shock and contempt, and yet it fascinates us in a weird, twisted way.

Loved it.

Edit: I'd like to add a few things to my "original" review, that I've seen found myself thinking about.
I'm by no means a literary expert nor do I aspire to be, so this is entirely my opinion and my feelings towards this piece of literature, from a casual reader point of view.
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Raegan Butcher
Bukowksi worked well when given every writers dream: carte blanche to write whatever he felt like writing, only to have it reproduced by the LA FREE PRESS and on the streets in a week, being read by thousands. Bukowski himself writes of the magical feeling of having the freedom to write whatever he wanted and the sudden notoriety he aquired with his new exposure. This collection of stories, as opposed to the ones collected elsewhere, show him still experimenting with a variety of forms and these ...more
Elīna Zviedre
I think i've had enough of Bukowski for a lifetime.
There were a few stories that i found interesting but for every story i liked there were ten unsettling and crude ones. His view of reality is crooked and mostly seen only by his own experiences. He talks how filthy the life and humans are when he's a great example of all that himself. He might seem as a misunderstood or radical writer for his time but honestly i don't find him particularly talented or skilled.
He talks of suicide and killing h
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Fiona
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is not my favourite of Bukowski's, yet "classic Bukowski" it was indeed (I missed the old bastard).

I am not one to be easily offended (especially when it comes to the brutally honest, non-romantisized works of Bukowski) yet I found myself gasping in horror at some pretty dark and sometimes misogynistic statements of his. "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" is definitely not a book for the politically correct.

The first half was off to a slow start, a lot of rambles and rants, one after the other. I
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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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