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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Ugly. And Proud of it.

I enjoyed this novel. Though it's thick, I found it an easy read, the type of book that I could dip into at any time. The structure of this novel is odd or unconventional in that at first it seems repetitive, this happens then that, with women entering and leaving his l...
I enjoyed this novel. Though it's thick, I found it an easy read, the type of book that I could dip into at any time. The structure of this novel is odd or unconventional in that at first it seems repetitive, this happens then that, with women entering and leaving his life. But somehow you grow used to it. It's almost like a compilation of episodes that often don't lead anywhere but allow you to understand the protagonist who's obviously Bukowski. I'll say it's pretty funny too. Bukowski's sense of humor is blunt and often dirty, which I kind of appreciate. In a way I was reminded me of another recent novel I read, Permanent Obscurity by Richard Perez. Both books have a raw and ugly style, both quite funny. Bukowski's Women ends with Henry, the main character losing control a little. The portrait is deadly honest, and I know a lot of people who might consider him an A-hole, but that's exactly why he's interesting: you don't often see his kind in fiction. Bukowski does nothing to cover up the fact that he's a bit of a monster. So the end result is a realistic portrait. Anyway, I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to others.

posted by Anna-the-reader on October 25, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I am a real fan of Bukowski but...

This book is absolutely boring, pointless and plotless.

posted by marc-medios on October 15, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    Not for the timid

    Bukowski tells it like he sees it;sometimes painful, sometimes funny, but always real.He loves to capture the little sicknesses that plague us, and make us all laugh at the hopelessness of it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2000

    Funny, painful, raucous good read

    Whenever I read Bulokski I feel like I'm staring into the literary equivalent of the sun. Burning, seething, scorching pain, accompanied by true morbid wonder. This is undoubtedly his funniest work and perhaps his most sincere. The characters leap from the pages with real human emotions and insanities. Through it all Bukowski's literary alter-ego Hank Chinaski loves as fiercely as he lives.

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