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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories (original: 1983; edição: 1983)

de Charles Bukowski (Autor)

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These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and France where he is published by the great publishing houses), he is critically recognized as one of America's greatest realist writers. "Collections such asThe Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983) . . . showcase Bukowski's impressive narrative and creative abilities in stories that most often take place in bars and dingy apartments but are not simply about sex and alcohol. They're about staying alive in a world where the only choice for the majority of us is to face a firing squad in an office every day--the post office, in Bukowski's case--or maintain a commitment to creativity as we struggle to pay for food and a meager place to live." --Adam Perry,Santa Fe Reporter Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, includingPulp (Black Sparrow, 1994),Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), andThe Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.… (mais)
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Título:The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories
Autores:Charles Bukowski (Autor)
Informação:City Lights Publishers (1983), Edition: Later printing, 240 pages
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I somehow have gone my whole life not knowing anything about Bukowski, before picking this up from the Audible Included library. Made it part way into the title story and was getting weird vibes, so I did a bit of a look into him and his writing and I'm no longer interested in anything this guy had to say. For me, good prose and some powerful poetry don't excuse being a creep and exuding that in your work.

Not telling or judging anyone who has a different perspective, but I'll never manage to read every author and book I want to before I die, so it's a very simple thing for me to cut the bigots and chauvinists that I'm aware of from my reading pool. ( )
  RatGrrrl | Dec 20, 2023 |
stories 1967 -1983
  betty_s | Nov 25, 2023 |
I've read many/most of Bukowski's books - he is a truly gifted poet - he is from and of the gutter - but some of the stories in this volume are beyond the pale - they are just too degenerate, too disturbing even for us 21st century amoral Americans - the code by which we now live degrades every aspect of our sordid lives, but, for godsakes, can't we leave the babies and the dead out of it - can't we have just one or two sacrosanct no-go zones. Two astonishingly vile stories about fucking a dead body and another about doing the same to a very little girl - why? - to what end? some things are truly better left unsaid. ( )
  BayanX | Jan 15, 2021 |
This is some rough stuff. That’s a warning. Do not go into this thinking you’re going to read some nice little stories that describe the rougher side of life. You are going to read some rough stories that make the seamy side of life seem boring in comparison. Bukowski does not pull back. Some will consider it obscene. Some will consider it over the top. (The ultimate example is a story called “The Fiend” which I will not describe because, in a review, it is best not to describe it.) But, all that being said, this collection contains some of the most compelling…things…I have recently read. (For all the distaste that arises from “The Fiend”, it is still an incredible example of craft and storytelling. I don’t think I’d ever want to read it again – just looking up the title again gave me pause – but I’m glad I read it once.)

The content is all over the place. Some are stories, some are snippets of Bukowski’s life, some seem to be somewhere in between. And, that means the results are all over the place. Some are good, some are so-so, but some are gems. The best may be the opening story, “The Most Beautiful Woman in Town”. But I may also think that because, as the opening story, I was hit smack in the face with Bukowski.

It is almost impossible to describe the stories (particularly on a web site where children may accidently read the review). Suffice to say they are the tales of people who haven’t had the best of lives and are living on the edge. But the interesting thing is that the stories are not judgmental (probably because Bukowski was right there with them.) The people accept their lives and live them.

Again, the contents are rough. I happened to be reading a number of these in doctors’ offices (it would take too long to explain why) and, while no one could actually see what I was reading, I kept figuratively looking over my shoulder to make sure no one was watching. But they are worth the time and effort. Even the slowest and least exciting still have writing that catches your attention and does not bore.

Enter at your own risk, but do enter. ( )
1 vote figre | Dec 6, 2018 |
I confess I didn't like Tales of Ordinary Madness, the counterpart to this collection, all that much. Maybe it's just because I had lower expectations for this second volume, but I did like The Most Beautiful Woman in Town a bit more. It's rather front-loaded, and the stories in the first half of the book are rather strong. The rape and paedophilia stories towards the end soured me a lot; not only because of the content but because there seems to be no reason for them – no artistic imperative or theme or message or method beyond simple fantasizing. But, often, when you read Bukowski you're not a reader – you're a panner sifting through dirt to find bits of gold-dust. I think I just liked the sloshing around a bit more this time. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Sep 20, 2017 |
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These mad immortal stories, now surfaced from the literary underground, have addicted legions of American readers, even though the high literary establishment continues to ignore them. In Europe, however (particularly in Germany, Italy, and France where he is published by the great publishing houses), he is critically recognized as one of America's greatest realist writers. "Collections such asThe Most Beautiful Woman in Town (1983) . . . showcase Bukowski's impressive narrative and creative abilities in stories that most often take place in bars and dingy apartments but are not simply about sex and alcohol. They're about staying alive in a world where the only choice for the majority of us is to face a firing squad in an office every day--the post office, in Bukowski's case--or maintain a commitment to creativity as we struggle to pay for food and a meager place to live." --Adam Perry,Santa Fe Reporter Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany on August 16, 1920, the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer. His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, and elevator operator. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. His first book of poetry was published in 1959; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, includingPulp (Black Sparrow, 1994),Screams from the Balcony: Selected Letters 1960-1970 (1993), andThe Last Night of the Earth Poems (1992). He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.

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