Demetri Broxton-Santiago's Reviews > Women

Women by Charles Bukowski
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Sep 22, 2007

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Recommended for: Someone looking for something wild and very different
Read in May, 2002

This book is CRAZY!!! I cannot believe I read the entire thing in 3 days. You can't put it down. In fact, it made it's rounds through at least 8 people I know of, and it's probably still making the rounds. Everyone had the same experience. You start it and Bukowski goes into the most sexist, vulgar, repulsive descriptions of the main character's relationship to women, but something makes you keep reading. I stopped at several points wondering, "why the hell am I reading this?", yet I went on. This is a wild feat, making this a brilliant work of art.
The main character is an upper middle-aged man. He's disgusting and a complete drunk. He's also a writer. His greatest ambition in life is the "f@*k" an 18 year old girl when he's 80 year's old. Did I say this was vulgar? It's the worst and best reading you've ever done. You'll fly through it, never knowing exactly why....
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Teja Couldn't say it better.

Belinda Hu Exactly the same thoughts.

Joel Miller Excellent review! Wonder why you only gave it 3 stars though.

Bojan Ristivojevic @Joel: I agree with Demetry, and I understand the 3 stars. It's the "why the hell I am still reading this book" thing that takes away. Rawness is not the issue, it's that at times it gets rather repetitive and predictable. Now, I understand that it's life and this book in particular wasn't supposed to be entertaining in a feel-good kind of way, but it lacked in finesses that other Bukowski books I read have, namely, Ham on Rye. And 3 stars is, in my opinion, quite a high mark for a book that you kind of love and hate at the same time...

Shivam Dixit right now thats going on with me!

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