«Non potevo trattenermi dal pensare, dio, l’unica attività dei postini è di ficcare dentro le lettere e l’uccello. Questo è il lavoro che fa per me, oh sì sì sì.» Ma il paradiso sognato da Henry Chinaski, il leggendario alter ego di Bukowski, viene brutalmente smentito dalla realtà quando, assunto dall’amministrazione postale americana, si ritrova con la sacca di cuoio sulle spalle a girare in lungo e in largo attraverso la squallida periferia di Los Angeles. Profondamente deluso dalla monotona routine quotidiana e insofferente ai rigidi regolamenti della macchina burocratica, Chinaski si consola affondando le sue frustrazioni nell’alcol e trovando rifugio tra le morbide braccia di donne più sole di lui. Tra clamorose sbornie, azzardate puntate all’ippodromo e «movimentate» nottate in motel sgangherati, Chinaski riuscirà a «guadagnarsi» il licenziamento e a farsi riassumere, ma solo per licenziarsi definitivamente, inorridito e disgustato da quell’immenso ufficio postale che, poi, è la vita stessa.
- ISBN: 8850246978
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 192
Okay, I can already hear the “booooos” from the Mitchellites saying “how can you give Cloud Atlas two stars, but you give THIS four stars?” I will tell you how. It’s simple really. I thought Cloud Atlas was “okay,” whereas I “really liked” this one. That’s all there is to it. So here we go... This bo Leggi tutto
is it just me, or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits, too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small change on the train. here are the opening lyrics to I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue): I don't mind working, 'cause
Bukowski was once an idol of mine. I've since grown up. He took himself too seriously (while pretending that he didn't). And he was practically talentless. He had spunk and a surprising ("surprising" because of all the booze) work ethic but an ultimately boring sense of humor. His words are like wha Leggi tutto
"It began as a mistake." No writer has written about the hoodlums, the lowlifes, the lost souls, the unemployed, the castaways etc etc more beautifully than Bukowski. He hasn't pitied them, like Dickens would. He hasn't detested them either. He has made us live their lives: talk their talk, walk
Why is reading Bukowski so much more enjoyable when you've been drinking? Easy: because everything's much more enjoyable when you've been drinking. Still, for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle, it was informed by a lot of other things as well, and working for the U.S. Leggi tutto
My first affair with Bukowski. I found this book while substitute teaching a group of tranquil 12th graders. I picked up the book, began reading, and couldn't believe that this book was allowed in a classroom. Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book, so I had it all to my evil s
Another masterpiece of feminism in American Literature. JK! Oh, nah. The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed here in such a disarming & shocking manner. The protagonist is one alcoholic, misogynistic mess! And I love him for it, & perhaps now Bukowski, too. Cannot wait to discover his bo Leggi tutto
“We’re forced into absurd lives, against which the only sane response is to wage a guerrilla operation of humor and lust and madness"—Chinaski/Bukowski I just finished, with a sour taste in my mouth, Bukowski’s Women, infamously making many of the Worst Misogynist Novels of All Time lists, but maybe Leggi tutto
Thank you for registering to BarBud ! Ever wandered into a bar, hoping to meet a fellow to philosophize with deep into the night, only to find yourself alone with a student bartender who simply doesn't have it in him yet? Ever wanted to approach that old lonely drunk staring into his glass, so deeply Leggi tutto
I enjoyed this more than I expected and in some way, more than I think I should! Hank Chinaski describes a little more than a decade of his life. He is intelligent, but mostly lives the life of a loser: too much booze; menial work, mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off w Leggi tutto
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