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اداره‌ی پست نخستین رمان چارلز بوکوفسکی است، که در سال ۱۹۷۰ در سن ۴۹ سالگی کم‌تر از یک ماه به رشته‌ی تحریر درآورد و یک سال بعد به چاپ رسید. بوکوفسکی در سال ۱۹۵۰ در اداره‌ی پست لس‌آنجلس به عنوان نامه‌رسان مشغول به کار شد، اما سه سال بعد کارش را رها کرد و تا ۱۹۶۵ در مشاغل مختلف دست به تجربه‌اندوزی زد، او در همین سال به اداره‌ی پست بازگشت و چهار سال دیگر در آن‌جا ماند. اداره‌ی پست بر اساس خاطرات و تجربیات شخصی نویسنده به عنوان نامه‌رسان نگاشته شده و تصویری گویا از جامعه‌ی آمریکا در دهه‌ی پنجاه و شصت میلادی ارائه می‌دهد؛


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Διαβάζοντας Μπουκόφσκι, τον οποίο συμπαθώ μεταξύ άλλων πολύ περισσότερο, νιώθω να βρίσκομαι αντιμέτωπη με μια ακατάβλητη συμπεριφορά ηθελημένης αντίδρασης και υπερβολής που αποσκοπεί μόνο στο να σοκάρει την κρατούσα συμβατική αντίληψη και θέση που επικρατεί στην κάθε κοινωνία- επί τω προκειμένω του Αμερικανικού μικροαστισμού.
Δλδ, αν ο ίδιος ζούσε την ζωή του τόσο κυνικά και απαξιωτικά όπως περιγράφει με τόση ευφράδεια στο κείμενο του, για μένα είναι το ίδιο και το αυτό. Απολαμβάνω τον σαρκασμό και την χλεύη του ενάντια στο στάτους κβο που τον περιβάλλει και κατανοώ την αντιδραστική συμπεριφορά του στο να συνυπογράψει σε μια ζωή εξασφάλισης και μετριότητας.
Υπήρξαν πολλές στιγμές που διαβάζοντας το κείμενο ένιωσα πως αν τον είχα μπροστά μου, ενσαρκωμένο στον χαρακτήρα του Τσινάκι ή θα τον έφτυνα η θα τον χαστούκιζα. Και με την επίγνωση αυτού του αισθήματος που μου γέννησε, χαμογελώ… Αυτός δεν ήταν ο αρχικός του σκοπός?

Λοιπόν, εμένα μου άρεσε το βιβλίο... Δεν με ξετρέλανε μα κύλησε νεράκι... Για όσους έλκονται από εναλλακτικά αναγνώσματα, θεωρώ, κρίνεται άπειρα κατάλληλο!

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First Bukowski book.

In real life I dont tend to get along with alcoholic, womanising gamblers, but Bukowski would probably be an exception to that. Id happily play some drinking games with him. Reading his inner-thoughts on life as a blue collar worker was not only hilarious but quite moving at times. From the break ups with the many women he couldnt really get close to, to the birth of his daughter; he addresses the balance of being a caveman with a relentless hard-on to somebody whos as weighed down by the human condition as the rest of us.

I look forward to Factotum!

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Not that long ago, I read Bukowski’s Ham on Rye and loved it. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of Bukowski’s childhood during the Depression in Los Angeles. Bukowskis alter ego in the book, Henry Chinaski, is a social outcast who is lonely and a loner and the book was often poignant in the way it depicted Bukowski’s/Chinaski’s alienation and pain at being an outsider:

@Finally it was the day of the Senior Prom. It was held in the girls’ gym with live music, a real band. I don’t know why but I walked over that night, the two-and-one-half miles from my parents’ place. I stood outside in the dark and I looked in there, through the wire-covered window, and I was astonished. All the girls looked very grown-up, stately, lovely, they were in long dresses, and they all looked beautiful. I almost didn’t recognize them. And the boys in their tuxes, they looked great, they danced so straight, each of them holding a girl in his arms their faces pressed against the girl’s hair. They all danced beautifully and the music was loud and clear and good, powerful.


Then I caught a glimpse of my reflection staring in at them — boils and scars on my face, my ragged shirt. I was like some jungle animal drawn to the light and looking in. Why had I come? I felt sick. But I kept watching. The dance ended. There was a pause. Couples spoke easily to each other. It was natural and civilized. Where had they learned to converse and to dance? I couldn’t converse or dance. Everybody knew something I didn’t know. The girls looked so good, the boys so handsome. I would be too terrified to even look at one of those girls, let alone be close to one. To look into her eyes or dance with her would be beyond [email protected]

In Post Office, Chinaski is now an adult and his only pleasures in life are women, booze, and betting on the horses. Like Ham On Rye, this novel is semi-autobiographical, with a number of characters based on real people and many events closely mirroring Bukowski’s own life. As the novel opens, Chinaski is working for the Post Office, a job he hates. Each morning he drags himself out of bed, hung over and sick, to haul mailbags around town for bosses he despises. Unfortunately, the book is something of a letdown. The poignancy of the other story is largely missing and the adult Chinaski, now a boozehound and womanizer, is not very likeable. It’s his attitude towards women that bothered me the most. Women are objectified throughout the novel; they are just tits and ass to the narrator:

God or somebody keeps creating women and tossing them out on the streets, and this ones ass is too big and that ones tits are too small, and this one is mad and that one is crazy and that one is a religionist and that one reads tea leaves and this one cant control her farts, and that one has this big nose, and that one has boney legs... But now and then, a woman walks up, full blossum, a woman just bursting out of her dress... a sex creature, a curse, the end of it all.

Partway through the book, there’s an ugly scene where letter carrier, Chinaski, comes across an unbalanced customer and enters her home. The woman, dressed in a negligee, blocks him from leaving all the while saying “Evil evil evil man! You came here to rape me”:

“I reached down with my mouth, got one of her tits, then switched to the other.
“Rape! Rape! I’m being raped!”
She was right. I got her pants down, unzipped my fly, got it in, then walked her backwards to the couch. We fell down on top of it.
She lifted her legs high.
“RAPE!” she screamed.
I finished her off, zipped my fly, picked up my mail pouch and walked out leaving her staring quietly at the ceiling…”

A scene that’s ugly for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the implication that she wanted to be raped. It really put me off the book when I read it.

As a prose stylist, Bukowski is somewhat underwhelming in this novel (his first). His prose is largely utilitarian and economical to the point of being simplistic. The book is anecdotal, with only the barest of plots. Throughout the book, Chinaski gets drunk, gets laid, and then staggers into work the next day to suffer the abuse of his supervisors. The book is partially redeemed by the scenes set at the Post Office. The tone is sardonic and Chinaski is the archetype of the boozy misfit at odds with society (think of a less larcenous Billy Bob Thornton in Bad Santa). The work scenes are amusing, but the ugly attitude towards women that often rears up makes this a difficult book to recommend.


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Post Office was Bukowskis first novel, written at the age of 49. However, this was not his first work - throughout the years, he had published poetry and short stories. Yet, only at 49 he decided to dedicate himself to writing and finally quit working at the postal service, with the support of his future publisher. I wonder whether the outcome would have been different for Bukowski, had not been for this turn of events...

The novel (which is mainly autobiographical) recounts the main events from the troubled life of Henry Chinaski, from his first employment with the Post Office until he finally quits, after 11 (or 12) years. I couldnt believe this was true - I thought that Bukowski was a writer from the beginning! The important women in his life also appear in the novel and I could see he was not picky - he could do with ugly and much older women...

What a messed-up life he had, this Bukowski! Drinking, gambling, a boring job that wrecked his body and mind, not to say anything about the constant lookout for women (yet, this is not a bad thing from a mans perspective, is it?). He has a cynical approach to life and he shows little feelings - he doesnt seem to care when women leave him, like he wasnt even in love with them. Yet, he is not completely indifferent: he shows sympathy for an old colleague, he defends a dog and seems to love his daughter (his only child, in real life).

I had mixed feelings toward this novel. At times I liked it, other times I didnt. And it was like that till the end. Yet, I dont feel sorry for the time spent reading it, because it was interesting enough. And quite funny. Anyway, I wanted to read Bukowski for a long time and maybe its best that I began with Post Office, because, through this novel, I got a glimpse of his life.

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My first reading of a Bukowski book. I loved it because I identified with the drunk loser protagonist who lives day-to-day in a job he hates yet doesnt have many options to do anything else.

I like the style in which Bukowski writes. Its very descriptive, yet straight to the point on how a character is feeling and the current situations theyre in without the sugar coating. The main character is cynical yet emotional and endearing.

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