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  1. says:

    I had been reading Chekhov s major plays now doesn t that sound elegant and literary and thought I needed something inelegant and unliterary to follow it up, and found something on audiobooks I hadn t read before, from Charles Bukowski, a collection of stories, and it is obvious at a glance that the two writers are very different what do we know about Buk Wine, women, horseracing, boxing, brutality, usually funny, often obscene, stripped down prose that is decidedly unpretentious but I have to I had been reading Chekhov s major plays now doesn t that sound elegant and literary and thought I needed something inelegant and unliterary to follow it up, and found something on audiobooks I hadn t read before, from Charles Bukowski, a collection of stories, and it is obvious at a glance that the two writers are very different what do we know about Buk Wine, women, horseracing, boxing, brutality, usually funny, often obscene, stripped down prose that is decidedly unpretentious but I have to say, just having read Uncle Vanya, with its panoply of unhappy people, some of whom are drunken philandering men, I begin to see Anton and Charles as distant brothers at a century s distance Both are realists, associated with a bleak comic existentialist approach True, Buk is profane at times, crass, sometimes offensive, but in this book the main point is to explore honestly the world of the down and out Bukowski talks simply and profoundly about the underbelly of the working class without raising judgement Chekhov also sided with the working class Both describe a world without judging anything in it unless those things are boring or pompous I have enjoyedFactotum, Pulp, Ham on Rye, and Post Office, longer works, but I like the art in some of the Henry Chinaski stories here It is true that the collective sense of these stories is booze, writing, and sex, there s a kind of sameness, but one of his characters responds to this criticism You seem to write about sex a lot Yeah, what do you expect me to write about The stock market Who wants to read about that Theabsurd stories such as You Kissed Lilly and I Love You, Albert, are silly fun but admirably shaped Some of the clever and yes, ultimately literary ones to check out are The Upward Bird, Beer at the Corner Bar, The Death of the Father II, and Head Job, which is actually from the perspective of a woman Okay, Chekhov did a better job depicting women than Bukowski, I ll give you that, but I ll say Chekhov s strongest characters also tend to be men


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    I am quite the fan of Bukowski I enjoyed Factotum, Pulp, and Post Office in particular, and I think Ham On Rye is a work of art Perhaps the only real catch to Bukowski s work is that he is something of a one trick pony Don t get me wrong, though It s still a good trick.Where Bukowski fails in his writing when he fails at all is when he allows his nihilism to devolve into creative redundancy He doesn t have very many points to make, and sometimes he tends to make them in the same way Stil I am quite the fan of Bukowski I enjoyed Factotum, Pulp, and Post Office in particular, and I think Ham On Rye is a work of art Perhaps the only real catch to Bukowski s work is that he is something of a one trick pony Don t get me wrong, though It s still a good trick.Where Bukowski fails in his writing when he fails at all is when he allows his nihilism to devolve into creative redundancy He doesn t have very many points to make, and sometimes he tends to make them in the same way Still, the man is a craftsman when it comes to the rough hewn and the unflinching gaze of existentialism.This is why I was disappointed by Hot Water Music.Bukowski s themes which are a lot deeper than just drunkeness, sex, ambivalence, and poverty, as some of the other reviews here seem to suggest translate remarkably well when they are drawn out novelistically by his crisp, spare prose and his dry, gritty dialogue In his books he takes his time teasing his message out of dark shadows and, when it is exposed to the light, he crushes its skull with a sledgehammer.Short stories, of course, don t give him as much leisure for dilly dallying, and as a result his work here is blunter inasumcuh as that s possible and duller and farrepetitive The majority of these stories are about, of course, ambiently depressed alcoholics who haven t the motivation or energy to do anything but keep digging their own grave You read enough stories about soused women farting and horny men with hemorrhoids and your head starts to swim Some people might argue that these stories are meant simply to be funny, and depending on your sense of humor, they are but no one likes to hear the same joke told ten, twelve, or twenty times in a row Unless, of course, you really really like the joke.Theabsurd pieces You Kissed Lilly, Strokes to Nowhere, and I Love You, Albert are fun enough, and although their playfulness tends to be vacuous, they are still chewy enough to be enjoyable And there are really some remarkably subtle and clever stories here as well Most notable among these are Cold Night, The Upward Bird, Beer at the Corner Bar, The Death of the Father II, In and Out and Over, and Head Job.In these Bukowski trades in his usual and obvious attempts at crassness and crudity for aghostly skill the stories are delivered with his typical point blank attitude, but their profundity is couched without bravado or brassiness His short stories work best when they avoid theblatant trademarks of his novels liquor soaked abuse and disdain Head Job, especially, is notable for being the first time that I have ever read Bukowski write something from a woman s point of view, and he does it admirably.This is a decent but repetitive collection of stories, with gems interspersed throughout, but the overall impression is mostly lukewarm, although hardcore fans will love it


  3. says:

    More stories, some of the Best Buk stories they is Hate everything Think the world is some sick place where everything we value is falsely raised to be somehow important when it all actually means shit This is the book for you Bukowski got it, and he also managed to write some crazy shit about it and lucky for you it can be find just in these pages Crack her open, and instead of being angry that he s such a douchebag, be furious that you re not.


  4. says:

    Typical Bukowski que short stories that make you feel funny, disgusting, cynical, sad, shocking, laugh, frown and most importantly boring and lame The guy says he writes about life and well, I couldn t disagree.


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    I grinned through the first few chapters, chuckled through the next few, then laughed my ass off for the remaining few CB is a new revelation for me, I think I can understand his perpetual depravity Maybe depravity is too strong a word Let s go with misogynist, no, because he also loved thousands of women, for a night or two anyway I ll have to think of the word, if there is one 6am Beer Coffee 9am More beer and a few shots of whiskey Noon Evenbeer, a fewshots of I grinned through the first few chapters, chuckled through the next few, then laughed my ass off for the remaining few CB is a new revelation for me, I think I can understand his perpetual depravity Maybe depravity is too strong a word Let s go with misogynist, no, because he also loved thousands of women, for a night or two anyway I ll have to think of the word, if there is one 6am Beer Coffee 9am More beer and a few shots of whiskey Noon Evenbeer, a fewshots of whiskey and cheap wine.Sleep 9pm Two six packs and vodka whiskey red wine until the wee hours of the morning.next daythe same


  6. says:

    By far, my favorite work by Bukowski This collection of short stories is both beautiful and grotesque He is such an ass, and he talks about such base and vile acts yet I love it I could not put it down I simply had to find out what fucked up thing was going to happen next I think that the beauty of Bukowski is that he turns shit into flowers An act that you would never consider to be pleasing is suddenly shown in alight Taking a shit Killing your wife These things are such soci By far, my favorite work by Bukowski This collection of short stories is both beautiful and grotesque He is such an ass, and he talks about such base and vile acts yet I love it I could not put it down I simply had to find out what fucked up thing was going to happen next I think that the beauty of Bukowski is that he turns shit into flowers An act that you would never consider to be pleasing is suddenly shown in alight Taking a shit Killing your wife These things are such social faux pas to discuss in literature, yet he does it in a captivating way


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Bukowski is one of my all time faves His work has brought me much enjoyment over the years He s a major model to me as a writer I hadn t looked at any of his short stories in some time, so I picked up one I hadn t previously read, HOT WATER MUSIC Imagine my sad surprise when I was actually B O R E D by it.I dunno Maybe it s because of the time in Buk s life from which HWM dates, the early 1980s By then, Buk had cut his famous deal with Black Sparrow s John Martin Publication for anything Bukowski is one of my all time faves His work has brought me much enjoyment over the years He s a major model to me as a writer I hadn t looked at any of his short stories in some time, so I picked up one I hadn t previously read, HOT WATER MUSIC Imagine my sad surprise when I was actually B O R E D by it.I dunno Maybe it s because of the time in Buk s life from which HWM dates, the early 1980s By then, Buk had cut his famous deal with Black Sparrow s John Martin Publication for anything he wrote was all but certain Buk was out of the post office and beginning to ride the wave of critical applause he d enjoy the rest of his life And no, I m not saying he didn t deserve it he truly did And I m not saying he sold out the guy never came close to doing so.Then, what s my problem with HOT WATER MUSIC It s dull Chockful of stories which strain, desperately, to be controversial or offensive in some way I mean, a story about a guy shtupping a flower vase A story about a couple of possible serial killer cannibals And the tales don t end so much as they simply peter out, with no resolution of any kind At times, this can be an effective literary device, but here, it s over used It s almost like Bukowski was consciously trying to write an oh so Bukowski like book Perhaps it s because, at this point, Martin wasn t going to challenge anything Buk submitted This book feels like an exercise written to fulfill a contractural obligation, rather than a literary statement HOT WATER MUSIC reads like a self satisfied author, seriously in need of a editor all those lengthy, jam packed paragraphs pandering to his audience.This man wrote books POST OFFICE, WOMEN, DAYS RUN AWAY LIKE WILD HORSES, LAST NIGHT OF THE EARTH POEMS which will live forever HOT WATER MUSIC isn t one of them


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    This is the first thing I read of Bukowski s and his terse style seemed to me like a breath of fresh air It s as if he copied Hemingway s style and then mimicked it to the point of caricature And yet somehow I m still saying that s a good thing I believe he took the potentiality of Hemingway s style and magnified it s unpleasantness in a manner similar to how Seth McFarlane exaggerated Matt Groening Okay, maybe that analogy was pushing it but I love the way no thought or idea is too reprehen This is the first thing I read of Bukowski s and his terse style seemed to me like a breath of fresh air It s as if he copied Hemingway s style and then mimicked it to the point of caricature And yet somehow I m still saying that s a good thing I believe he took the potentiality of Hemingway s style and magnified it s unpleasantness in a manner similar to how Seth McFarlane exaggerated Matt Groening Okay, maybe that analogy was pushing it but I love the way no thought or idea is too reprehensible to be included in Bukowski s conception of literature By the way, besides the numerous pop culture references, the thing that really got me psyched to start reading Bukowski was the excellent documentaries on him that are available on Netflix The length of his stories is interesting as well These arelike vignettes and so it s best to consider the whole work together and the interrelations between vignettes


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    The key to understanding what makes Bukowski in my opinion at least one of the greatest writers that ever lived lies in this very book, in an often repeated quote which readsGenius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way The best art again in my opinion at least can evoke a certain time and a place so vividly that though you may not even have experienced it, you still live it, clearly visualise it, breathe it For instance, there is a downtempo electronic music band ca The key to understanding what makes Bukowski in my opinion at least one of the greatest writers that ever lived lies in this very book, in an often repeated quote which readsGenius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way The best art again in my opinion at least can evoke a certain time and a place so vividly that though you may not even have experienced it, you still live it, clearly visualise it, breathe it For instance, there is a downtempo electronic music band called Boards of Canada, that make music that reminds me of my childhood This is despite the fact that I first listened to Boards of Canada when I was 29 Similarly, when I read about Bukowski s LA, I feel I ve been to those very same shady bars, those dusty racetracks and lonely motel rooms It s hard to pick a favourite from this collection I could choose between You Kissed Lily, where a marital spat takes a number of extreme turns, In and Out and Over where Bukowski takes us through the highs and lows of the writer s day and makes you feel it is a privileged life after all, the road rage revenge fantasy of Broken Merchandise, and manyIf I was pushed into a corner, I would choose Beer at the Corner Bar, a fine piece of work that embodies the deep loneliness of the misfit, rather like Camus The Stranger There is a very amusing quote about Camus in a different story here, to the effect that Camus spoke of misery as if he had just finished a steak dinner and a bottle of wine i.e with a sort of detached elegance There is no such compromise from him here Or ever Bukowski s prose as of itself isn t particularly explosive or beautiful in that flowery way Like Dostoyevsky though, he has the ability to sum up the nature of existence in a way that shocks you with the beauty of its simplicity He takes aim from his subconscious to yours with a deadly accuracy He is also the voice of every societal outcast who still stands proud because his soul and his integrity is still intact I ve never really fit in with the masses, but when I read Bukowski I don t feel particularly bad that I don t Hot Water Music is a terrific collection of stories that shock, amuse, and illuminate the way for a lonely soul to find his place in the world


  10. says:

    This was the first Bukowski I ever read It was a serious eye opener Naive of me I know, but in a way I didn t think people could write stuff like this, publish stuff like this It s easy enough to get hung on thelascivious aspects, the drinking and the sex and the violence, but what really set him apart was his honesty, and his lack of fear in expressing things about himself that are unpalatable, unflattering, and the way he makes me laugh with him, at him It taught me how to really lau This was the first Bukowski I ever read It was a serious eye opener Naive of me I know, but in a way I didn t think people could write stuff like this, publish stuff like this It s easy enough to get hung on thelascivious aspects, the drinking and the sex and the violence, but what really set him apart was his honesty, and his lack of fear in expressing things about himself that are unpalatable, unflattering, and the way he makes me laugh with him, at him It taught me how to really laugh at myself