Rodger Jacobs 13 Nov Fear, one must understand, is the lubricant that keeps the wheels of human progress greased. Charles Bukowski understood this concept all too well. Did George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, preside over a nation motivated by fear, or was he an agent of fear? Meanwhile, Saddam Hussein, a supporter of worldwide terror, was engaging in ethnic cleansing in Iraq and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction; once again, it was imperative to throw tanks and guns and troops at the problem.
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Shelves: classics-read , books-i-own , reviews , read-in-serbian , This is as clean as it gets this is the collection of short stories, essays and other short writings from Bukowski: its very simple and very effective. I have been reading his work since I was a teen, so I was about or around that age.
I knew nothing really. But I had a will to learn and I learned from the books I read, at the period his books had helped me be more free than I was in a sense to always keep my thoughts simple and how little it takes to make me full. But I had a will to learn and I learned from the books I read, at the period his books had helped me be more free than I was — in a sense to always keep my thoughts simple and how little it takes to make me full.
I have been fascinated with how much people try to conceal who they really are, be it bad or good. Style means one man alone with billions of men.
With this collection, I understood his intentions better and respect him more for fighting for a voice in the world, in the only way he knew how — by writing and disassociating.
Take caution with approaching his work. That made me think for a while, Fante was forgotten while Bukowski remains the Icon for his work. All in all, I am really glad I bought this book and read it.
I shall see if I will raise it up to 5 stars, a solid 4,5 for now.
PORTIONS FROM A WINE-STAINED NOTEBOOK
Add to basket Add to wishlist Description Charles Bukowski , one of the most outrageous and controversial figures of 20th-century American literature, was so prolific that many important pieces were never collected during his lifetime. Portions is a substantial selection of these wide-ranging works, most of which have been unavailable since their original appearance in underground newspapers, literary journals, even porno mags. Among the highlights are his first published short story, "Aftermath of a Lengthy Rejection Slip"; his last short story, "The Other"; his first and last essays; and the first installment of his famous "Notes of a Dirty Old Man" column. The book contains meditations on his familiar themes drinking, horse-racing, etc. Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook is essential reading for Bukowski fans, as well as a good introduction for new readers of this innovative, unconventional writer.
Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook: Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1944-1990