"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the...more
This book made me want to drink. A lot. I mean a lot, a lot. And it made me laugh. A lot. Now you know; my secret is out – I am a twisted, depraved human being who enjoys reading the thoughts of a dirty old ...more
I don't mind working, 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars,
I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk
And a manic mechanic on cars.
It's nice work if you can get it, now who the hell sa ...more
The ocean, look at it out there, battering, crawling up and down. And underneath all that, the fish, the poor fish fighting each other, eating each other. We’re like those fish, only we’re up here. One bad move and you’re finished. It’s nice to be a champion. It’s nice to know your moves.
This is Charles Bukowski’s life philosophy and according to it, he depicts his life…
The streets were full of insane and dull people. Most of them lived in nice hous...more
He just doesn´t care about conventions
That´s such weird writing, it´s like a mixture of different comedy styles and all those beatnik, beat generation poets but without their weaknesse ...more
"It began as a mistake."
No writer has written about the hoodlums, the lowlifes, the lost souls, the unemployed, the castaways etc etc more beautifully than Bukowski. He hasn't pitied them, like Dickens would. He hasn't detested them either. He has made us live their lives: talk their talk, walk their walk.
The charm of this book lies in the relentless attachment of Chinaski to the US Postal Service, as he puts in thankless hours on the trot in pursuit of a life drowned in alcohol, cigarettes, ...more
Post Office is the first novel written by Charles Bukowski, published in 1971 when he was 50 years old. In Los Angeles, California, down-and-out barfly Henry Chinaski becomes a substitute mail carrier; he quits for a while and lives on his winnings at the track, then becomes a mail clerk. Chinaski drifts from place to place, surviving through booze and women, with his biting sense of humor and a cynical view of the world. Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve year ...more
Still, for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle, it was informed by a lot of other things as well, and working for the U.S. Postal Service from the early 1950s to the late 1960s was one of them. This is the book where Bukowski explains how he fell into his career as mail carrier (and later mail clerk), why he stuck with t ...more
The author lived the life of his character, Hank Chinaski, and much of that life was as an alcoholic. Bukowski wrote many novels but was better known as a poet in his lifetime (1920-1994). Someone called the author the “Poet Laureate of Lowlife.”
The main character/narrator is the same one in Factotum, which I reviewed. But in Post Office, Hank is more settled, working 11 years in the post office. He’s more settled in his love life too. There are three or so ...more
Well, here I am, in 2021, and my love for Bukowski still runs deep. Possibly deeper in fact, now that I've finished this odd, rambling, delicious fuck-up of a book.
It was marvellous.
If you're looking for flowery, intricate prose and a happy ending, then you certainly won't find that here. Instead, you'll find a disjointed prose, which is achingly blunt, slightly nasty, but most of all; it ...more
Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book, so I had it all to my evil self.
The book is hilarious. I read it in an afternoon. I became that crazy person in a coffee shop cackling over her book. The sentences are short and sharp. The protagonist has no regard for anything ...more
I just finished, with a sour taste in my mouth, Bukowski’s Women, infamously making many of the Worst Misogynist Novels of All Time lists, but maybe in part because I am a masochist (and because it just happened to pop up on my audio tape queue and had some time to drive and listen), I jumped right back in to Bukowski, into the novel that catapult ...more
Oh, nah. The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed here in such a disarming & shocking manner. The protagonist is one alcoholic, misogynistic mess! And I love him for it, & perhaps now Bukowski, too. Cannot wait to discover his books!!
Ever wandered into a bar, hoping to meet a fellow to philosophize with deep into the night, only to find yourself alone with a student bartender who simply doesn't have it in him yet? Ever wanted to approach that old lonely drunk staring into his glass, so deeply lost in his thoughts that you dare not disturb him? Ever wanted to talk nonsense with a sleazy, voluptuous barfly, laugh and kiss and stroke and fuck and drink and drink and fuck and smoke and drink ...more
Hank Chinaski describes a little more than a decade of his life. He is intelligent, but mostly lives the life of a loser: too much booze; menial work, mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off work; betting on horses; more booze etc. It is all somewhat detached; his daughter is "the girl", even though he knew "as long as I could see the girl I would be all right", but such detachment is nece ...more
HENRY CHARLES "HANK" CHINASKI:
> Monumental asshole and perpetual slob.
> Self destructive alcoholic.
> Insincerely servile and unrepentantly sarcastic.
> Void of ambition.
> Unpleasant, crass, cynical, womanising jerk.
> Spends his time:
- propping up bars; or
- losing a small fortune at the racetrack; or
- brawling; or
...the latter with a claim he's an expert!
Never have I come across a character that is just so disgraceful; a sad, lousy, pathetic bastar ...more
Probably not a very nice person. But after reading "Post Office", my first by Bukowski, you start to realize that there are too many fucking pussy ass nice people in the world. I wish sometimes that I could live ten minutes of my life the way Henry Chininski wakes up every morning. Maybe then my balls might drop just an inch or two and I could get the fucking ...more
This could be a true story, he could honest to god have sat down one day, with a hangover from hell, and decided to write this book, for no other reason than to tell the world "I exist. Lives like this are lived every day".
Something struck me, not in the book (well, to be honest, the entire book struck me), but there was something on the back of it. One of the reviews read: "Cunning, relentlessly jokey and sad". That broke me. It isn't relentlessly funny, no, it's relentles ...more
Bukowski's writing always fills me with inspiration. His short, seemingly uncombed, sentences penetrate my brain like spears, flow off the tongue with ease, and never fail to leave something behind, ...more
This was my first book by Bukowski and I am pleasantly surprised. He provokes the reader’s intelligence and tolerance with every sentence he writes. I enjoyed every page, though it’s definitely not a light read. His writing style is everything but poetic or cultivated, but consumes you into the story almost instantly.
Post Office consists of six parts that depict on Hank's life over a fourteen-year period of employm ...more
Heinous managers, ceaseless overtime, impracticable standards, cancelled days off, infamous afterwork scheme-study... What is there not to love? I've had my couple of burst-out-laughing moments, this one made my night :)
Some crispy quotes:
“All right now, you’ve got a good job. Keep your nose clean and you’ve got the security the rest of your life.”
Security? You could get security in jail. Three squares and no rent to pay, no utilities, no income tax, no child support. ...more
This novel is a semi-autobiographical account that tells the story of Hank Chinaski, the literary alter ego of Bukowski. At certain places in the book, I took this simply as his own fantasy of how he saw or wanted to see himself. Anyway, Hank is a cynical antihero. He loves two things more than anything, booze and women.
Hank starts as a post service substitute carrier, a sub mailman. When he finally makes "regular," he quits. He takes to the racetracks, drinking al ...more
Bukowski is a true giant of literature. No mater your opinion of him. A troubled man who had his demons but never hid from them. What he has to say here is not only very relevant, but altogether almost consistently profound.
Post Office is one of those novels you ...more
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