Title: Notes of a Dirty Old Man
Author: Charles Bukowski
Page Count/Review Word Count: 200
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.