Tales of Ordinary Madness by Charles BukowskiTales of Ordinary Madness by Charles Bukowski

Tales of Ordinary Madness

byCharles BukowskiPhotographed byGail Chiarrello

Paperback | January 11, 2001

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With Bukowski, the votes are still coming in. There seems to be no middle ground-people seem either to love him or hate him. Tales of his own life and doings are as wild and weird as the very stories he writes. In a sense, Bukowski was a legend in his time . . . a madman, a recluse, a lover . . . tender, vicious . . . never the same . . . these are exceptional stories that come pounding out of his violent and depraved life . . . horrible and holy, you cannot read them and ever come away the same again.Bukowski . . . a professional disturber of the peace . . . laureate of Los Angeles netherworld [writes with] crazy romantic insistence that losers are less phony than winners, and with an angry compassion for the lost." -Jack Kroll, Newsweek"Bukowski's poems are extraordinarily vivid and often bitterly funny observations of people living on the very edge of oblivion. His poetry, in all it's glorious simplicity, was accessible the way poetry seldom is - a testament to his genius." -Nick Burton, PIF MagazineCharles Bukowski (1920-1994) 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, including books published by City Lights Publishers such as Notes of a Dirty Old Man, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man, The Most Beautiful Woman in Town, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Portions from a Wine-Stained Notebook, The Bell Tolls for No One,and Absence of the Hero. "
Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany in 1920 and brought to Los Angeles at age three. Using the city as a backdrop for his work, Bukowski wrote prolifically, publishing over fifty volumes of poetry and prose. He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, 1994. His books are widely translated and posthumous volumes continue to...
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Title:Tales of Ordinary MadnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:238 pages, 8 × 5.4 × 0.7 inPublished:January 11, 2001Publisher:City Lights Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0872861554

ISBN - 13:9780872861558

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed out loud continuously This book will make you laugh so hard to the point people on the subway will look at you like you are a mad man! Well maybe you are, maybe the book is mad. But it's mad in so many good ways!
Date published: 2016-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ???? I love Bukowski's novels! I would and will buy ALL of them; one problem though....the descriptions of his books here are all the same, not even telling the shopper if the book is a novel or poetry. I am not interested in poetry. I won't order anymore of his books until I am sure that I am not getting a book of poems.
Date published: 2011-01-06

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Acclaimed German-American cult short story and poem writer Charles Bukowski presents a profane, beautiful and genuinely audacious collection of short stories. Reprinted from the original volume Erections, Ejaculatons, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness, this is the best of Buk in short form, his parade of humanity’s down-and-out occupying local waterholes, back alleys and Hollywood bungalows. Featuring A .45 to Pay the Rent and Animal Crackers In My Soup, Tales of Ordinary Madness is an unforgettable compilation of frozen moments in time from of one of the 20th-centuries most exciting, prolific and original voices.