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Notes of a Dirty Old Man Paperback – January 1, 2001
Pierced by the Sun
A gripping tale of murder and redemption by the author of Like Water for Chocolate. Learn More
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It was a shock to know that there were other people in the world who had thoughts like mine... that life was mixed, nothing was cut and dried, muddled, beauty was touched with horror, love was tainted with hate and other passions that would sometimes lead to actual murder and that it wasn't that bull shown in the movies, society wasn't as rational and good as I was told, that there was always something awful under the surface of things, that God could be dead, that I was full of contradictions and instincts which had the power to overtake me -and perhaps the whole of humanity was afflicted with the same inconsistent nature, that there seem to be no meaning to life (with or without religion) and the universe was a blind absurdity, everything shocked me, and on and on... but in the center of all this was the fact that I was living, that I had the ability to feel and the power to say no.
The world seen through Bukowski's eyes is a terrible and beautiful place at the same time. The whores, the drinking binges, the alley fights and the insanity of the man of the streets is a life lived at its most direct and extreme. It is life uncluttered by the niceties and civilities of the numbed life most of us, under the confines of comfy blankets, PC's, cell phones, the latest fashions, million channel TV, etc., lead. It is a life I myself experienced for twenty five years, and at times it is still a preferable life to me than the desensitizing one I may live today.Read more ›
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The absolute most real writer in American history. Straight legend spitting fire and ice.Published 8 days ago by frankie salazar
A lot of disjointed slices of life. Bukowski is a beat poet who hates Burroughs and Ginsberg and that elevates him in my book. Solid, sometimes hilarious prose. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carlos Greyeyes
I read more notes of a dirty old man first and that book had better storiesPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An attempt of straight up from the heart and free of constraints rumblings resulted in crude drunken monologues. Read thirty pages only.Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Stamatiadis
Disjointed ramblings of an alcoholic but at times insightful and poetic.Published 3 months ago by Mel Genraich
I had never read Bukowski before this book. Had a free moment the other afternoon and decided it was time to crack this mother open......... Read morePublished 5 months ago by willyp