- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Books (7 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0753513870
- ISBN-13: 978-0753513873
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales of Ordinary Madness Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
I'll read those last pages one day, but I knew from half way in that this was a five star book. I love Bukowski. I love his tales of ordinary madness. Though, of course, the madness isn't ordinary because Bukowski wasn't like most people.
He drinks his way through the book, offending the world around him, offending himself...it reads like a bewildered kid trying to figure out why he has suddenly been let out of a cupboard, and instead of the punch in the face he was expecting to receive, he instead gets applause from a world of strangers.
Some people don't like Bukowski, but part of his beauty is he doesn't want you to like him. He doesn't care about the reader. He wrote because without writing he might have simply been a monster. But his words made him a genius.
His honesty, in a literary world crammed with vampires in love and all sorts of bestselling ideas that get published and make me want to puke, is something I often revisit to remind myself why I love writing. He feels like, to me, the last of the old days.
If you don't get him, that's fine. But Bukowski has to be respected.
He's one of the all time very best.
You can expect to see all of the usual here, from whores and horses to crazy men, crazy women and crazy writers. There are a few references to Hemingway, which I enjoyed, and I also liked the ones that were a little more ‘out there’, like one about a blanket that kept attacking people. Every story is different, and yet they’re all somehow the same, and they work well as a collection because of this interrelation. My only complain about that would be the layout – the font was a little bit too small, which was harsh on the eyes and made it feel like slow going at times.
Overall though, this was a great little read, and the variety that we see across the stories will help to keep you hooked from start to finish. Not the best of his books to start with, but it’s up there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a CB fan but a little disappointed in this. It's just ok.Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Bayley
The first book by Bukowski I've ever read. Certainly worth all of those 5 stars even though many reviewers say it's not even his best work... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Katarina
Brilliant writer! I would recommend Bukowski to any literature lover. Very dark in places, but exceptional nevertheless.Published on 2 Mar. 2015 by Benjamin Wearden
A champion book, though you best not be expecting the cover that is advertised.Published on 20 Oct. 2014 by B. Potter