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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (10 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075351382X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513828
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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"A laureate of American low life" (Time)

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A cult writer at his best

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Having read the likes of Post Office, Women, Factotum & The Most Beautiful Woman in Town I picked this up in great expectation. Once again Uncle Buk didnt disappoint.
This is a collection of his columns published in a newspaper in the late 60's. Allowed the freedom to write practically uncensored, Bukowski explores some surreal parts of his imagination.
Those who know his style will enjoy this immensley. If you're buying some Uncle Buk for the first time I would recommend any of the books I mentioned at the start.
The only reason I didnt give this 5 stars was because a small minority of the pieces were just too surreal for me. It was still a fantastic read and some contemporary writers would do well to read some of this mans work.
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By A Customer on 16 Oct. 1998
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This is the first Bukowski I have read and it was a lession in life. Bukowski has a way with words, telling it as it is. His sence of boldness and vulgarism is an eye opener. He writes his stories in a way that the reader can identify where he is comming from. His constant passion for the ultimate drunk and sexual conquest teaches you to respect the life of a druk. Charles Bukowski is a writer where you either hate him or love him, there can be no in between.
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I love Hank. I love his style, I love his sense of humour. Notes of a Dirty Old Man is a collection that probably shouldn't be coupled together but in doing so you almost create a conversational style of writing that allows you to get to know the man a little better than before.
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Bukowski will always offer an insight into what means to be a bum. A real one. From the way he writes to the crudeness of the scenes his attitude made me question everything I think I knew about what it means to be happy. Bukowski will always manage to give you a good awakening intellectual electrical shock.

Don't forget that for this price you won't be getting a pretty looking format either - although that cheap formatting makes it even more Bukowski...
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1998
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I was sitting on a frends love seat and saw this book on the coffee table. So, I picked it up and opened it to a random page. What I experanced was a lafter the had no equal. This is a master piece of American Literature that all school children need to read. Notes is raw, hard hitting, twisted, scary, and most of all beautiful. Buk you dirty old man, god bless you for giving us this and so many other wonderful works.
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I read most of his books in my late teens early 20ies and bought this for a friend's 30th birthday,i could not resist the temptation and re read it before wrapping it away.it was good to remember how graphic,abrupt and realistic to the point of disgust his books were.
a great read by one of the best dirty old men around.
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Well this is slightly different - Notes of a Dirty Old Man gathers some of the articles that Bukowski wrote for an underground newspaper, short stories in his traditional inimitable style. It's hard to classify whether it's fictional or not, as his use of his alter-ego is inconsistent to say the least. Not that that matters at all.

As always, you get an interesting glimpse in to the life of the alcoholic poet, and it features all of the usual plots and themes - Bukowski sits around, has a couple of drinks and heads down to the racetracks, or converses with the old-timers in the bars. Ever the Barfly, right?

It comes recommended from me, but mainly for Bukowski addicts who can't get enough - it's not as easily digestible as some of his other novels, although all are still a pleasure to read. I just want you to fall in love with his work, and the best way to do that is to read something like Ham On Rye, which will really blow your mind.
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A combination of vivid and interesting stories. Some areas extremely violent, vulgar and vaguely mysogonistic but very interesting and honest regardless. I recommended this to an open minded reader :D
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