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5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant read
Here, the old dragon has lost alot of his fire, but he still writes very pleasingly. I'm 45, and I can relate to the diminished feeling of these stories. I always read Bukowski for the black humor, and there's some funny stuff here. There's one bit about a guy at the racetrack who Bukowski calls "The Screamer", that's a real howler. And the R. Crumb...
Published on 22 Dec 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars How Close Is Bukowski to Being Canonized?
This collection of journal entries could appear to be getting at the heart of this author's eminently true-to-life writing, seeing as how his works are so autobiographical. But as he says in the book, "Pain doesn't make writing, a writer does." That is, Bukowski's arduous work as a writer created the dozens of titles under his name, not some unfiltered...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant read, 22 Dec 1998
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Here, the old dragon has lost alot of his fire, but he still writes very pleasingly. I'm 45, and I can relate to the diminished feeling of these stories. I always read Bukowski for the black humor, and there's some funny stuff here. There's one bit about a guy at the racetrack who Bukowski calls "The Screamer", that's a real howler. And the R. Crumb illustration accompanying this anecdote complements it perfectly. All the illustrations are good. This a good, worthwhile book for Bukowsi fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bukowski gave up, 29 Oct 1998
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This book is ,no doubt, an important piece of the whole picture bukowski. But the old rebell, the barfly cannot be found in bukowskis last work. Take the computer and the pool for an example, what has this to do with the bukowski who wrote those action packed stories? He lost the control over his life, the control that was sometimes the only thing he had. This is a book to show the end of a great author, but not a book that stands for bukowskis work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars How Close Is Bukowski to Being Canonized?, 8 July 1998
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This collection of journal entries could appear to be getting at the heart of this author's eminently true-to-life writing, seeing as how his works are so autobiographical. But as he says in the book, "Pain doesn't make writing, a writer does." That is, Bukowski's arduous work as a writer created the dozens of titles under his name, not some unfiltered suffering and inspiration we may hope to find by digging through his sock drawer to find his diary. Judging from the tendancies of 20th century fame, I suppose the issuing of his journals should come as no surprise; it's only a matter of time until we want to know everything about our heroes. But when fame's momentum starts flying off the handle, when the surname of the artist can weigh enough to publish just about anything he or she has done, it is high time to assess where on the shelf Bukowski's books are placed. Are they alongside volumes of criticism/laudation and reprints with academic forewords and afterwords? Or will we grant his wish stated in his journal entry: "I'm just a block unto myself. I want to stay within that block, unmolested." It seems our inclination is to include him in the literary canon, but it is evident that Bukowski wishes otherwise, ironically so in these posthumously published journals. Consider: "When [the writer] is swayed by the critics, the editors, the publishers, the readers, then he's finished. And, of course, when he's swayed with his fame and his fortune, you can float him down the river with the turds." Where in this turd metaphor is us, his audience, who appears to be swayed by all of the above?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Notes of an Old Man, 22 May 1999
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Written 3 years before his death in Mach 94, concurrently with "Pulp", his last work of fiction, this journal seems like one of the old mans most honest books. Stripped of any attempt at story or narrative Bukowski is considering his life, his work and his death, whilst driving around L.A. going to the track, playing with his cats, talking about his new Macintosh "...when words bite into space, flash into light...". This won't make much sense to someone reading Buk for the first time, but for a reader who feels like he knows him, this book must be read. And the drawings are a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain is out to lunch . . ., 27 May 2012
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The book was a gift for my son. He tells me it is very good - mixing two of his favourite authors. A good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny... Sad... Inspirational!, 11 Oct 2011
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Loved this book, it was the fifth book I had read of Bukowski and even though this is not like Post-Office, Factotum, Women or Ham on Rye it certainly is amazing. It's a diary of his last days, you get to read his thoughts and his moaning and what he thinks of life. It's a very honest account and is definately one of my favourite Bukowski books. At times when reading this book I got the sense that Bukowski had had enough and you can sense that knows that his time is limited. It can be quite an emotional read for a Bukowski lover but it's definately worth reading as in no way does he lose his moxy, Bukowski will always be Bukowski to me; a man who highlights the absurdity in the way we live.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another great book from Buk & Black Sparrow, 1 Jun 1998
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I await new Bukowski books--and there seems to be no end of material from the John Martin vaults--with a special fervor, probably because he's just about ruined all other writers for me (only a few by Celine stand up). This one did not disappoint my high expectations, and is a special treat for its format: the only diary-style work Buk wrote. Humorous moments abound, but it does lack some of the edge of his best writing. At its worst, it almost goes into a kind of cranky Andy Rooney thing, but he rights the ship every time. Like his treatment of his later material success & international fame, Buk toys with the irony that he's doing something so precious & self-important as writing diary entries & is quick with the "they made me do it" excuse. Clearly, though, he has fun with the style &, really, it's quite suited to his work, which focuses on the mundane so much anyway (Buk never fails to mention whenever he takes a doo or pukes throughout his writing). The Crumb illustrations are perfect. What a match between writer & illustrator. Overall, it's not my first recommendation for a Bukowski neophyte (I'd choose "Factotum," "Ham on Rye," or "Play the Piano Drunk..."), but then again I recommend his entire output much more so than any one book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a treat and an inspiration, 1 May 1998
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Okay, Buk's been gone what, four years? Five? This has got to be at least his fourth new book since he shuffled off this mortal coil. Kinda spooky, eh? To top it off, this book is great! It works, in many ways, as a bookend to Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Buk's old now and, though he doesn't quite know it, is not so far from death. The book is made up of journal entries of his daily travails. He spends a lot of time at the track and a lot of time thinking about the writing life. The prose sparkles in that wonderful Bukowski way. If you thought you'd never see any good new Bukowski stuff, think again. The old man delivers the goods from Heaven.
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