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am 21. April 2000
I read this book by suggestion of my older sister. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In my opinion, Charles Bukowski is one of the few writers of his time period who was not afraid to tell it like it is. He talks about the harsh reality that we all face, without holding back. He does not strive to make the world a fantasyland in which everything is happy and wonderful. I am a woman, and I am not at all offended by this is the sad truth that most men would love to live such an existence as he did. Bukowski admits to his feelings, and shares his deepest fears with the reader. No other author of the time had enough ..... to do that, and not many, even now, do. I am sorry that Charles Bukowski is dead...the day he died, we lost a great and honest man...I would have loved to have met him...
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am 7. Februar 2000
I could say that Bukowski (and this, quite possibly his best work,) is a misunderstood writer but that would be for the sake of those who all too quickly label him as one thing or another. Yes, his books are not pretty. They speak of sex as sex not "making love" and of booze and gambling and all the dirty things Bukowski usually wrote about. Many insist they served as fuel for his ego, as if no other writer wrote for that reason. Sure. Keep thinking that "A Tale of two Cities" or "The Great Gatsby" or "Even Cowgirls get the Blues" was written just for you. You're wrong.
A book like "Women" comes along and forces us to look closly at the disgusting little thoughs, feelings, and actions that we would rather ignore. It is a liberating thing to read such a book. Stick your head all the way in. Thank you.
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am 2. Mai 2000
as the first book of charles bukowski's that i ever read, "Women" holds a special place in my heart. it is an insane story of henry chinaski and his misunderstandings and communications with women. autobiographical to an extent, this book, and all of bukowski's, are special because they are so graphically and emotionally honest. no one else paints such candid portraits of the human psyche in its most degenerate and politically incorrect situations. no other author can put so much vulgarity into a work and make it sound as natural as bukowski does. everything and every word in his novels have a place and a meaning, making his writing style so refreshingly satisfying, that you can't help but to live vicariously through his beautiful insanity. "women" introduced me to this great american poet/novelist, and it is my belief that this book definitely makes for a proper introduction to his works.
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Henri Chinaski, the alter ego of Charles Bukowski, is quoted to introduce the novel: Many a good man has been put under the bridge by a woman. So far the reader seems to be prepared to face a novel called Women, a challenge to spell all the prejudices of the chauvinism of the seventies. Bukowski and women! That decades ago sounded like a collection of attributes which could be posted on a blacklist of political correctness nowadays.

Of course there is a woven texture of hundreds of episodes, mostly playing in Los Angeles, where the author Henri Chinaski is living in a cheap flat in an impoverished neighbourhood. Although far in his fifties, mostly drunk and in a shape of low attractiveness, he is a target to all kind of women. They like to become acquainted with the enfant terrible of known writers. They do everything to come close to him, very close. And they accept his filthy appearance and do not mind sharing his bed because they want to tell that they know the famous author intimately. That does not sound pleasant at all but the reader has to ask himself whether it is the nasty character of Bukowski or a corruptness of the women involved.

There are two aspects of the book that make it worth reading again in the 21st century. One is the psychological precision with which Bukowski is describing his famous readings. He knows exactly what the crowd expects and how far he can go. They always wanted, he quotes Henri Chinaski, that I'll eat my own shit. But he knew how much he was allowed to drink and when the nonsense had to stop. Despite of all shock ritual they wanted to take home some esthetical value or political sense, because they had paid and wanted to consider life from a non affirmative point of view.

Secondly Bukowski succeeds again in observing and analysing his surroundings in a political, sociological and psychological way. It is a rare quality of writing throwing in deep analytical insights in such a laconic way. And he identifies some sociological biotopes like an environmentalist that one has to laugh deep heartedly considering their further development.

Women is a timeless novel. Whether you believe it or not.
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am 23. Mai 2000
This book's narrator is gross, he's nihilistic, he's utterly simple-minded, and yet he somehow makes us wish we had the nerve to mimic him. Bukowski's work has been called "honest," but I would pay "Women" a higher compliment: it holds back just enough of the truth to make us consider it honestly. Why does this filthy tale make so much sense to us (and why is it so much fun)? Precisely because it is so simple and filthy. This book is outside of ambition. There are many of us who feel a moral responsibility to accumulate experience at the cost of comfort; but sometimes we get too lazy to hike through the rain forests or jump out of airplanes. We find a strong, comforting voice in this prose that reminds us of the adventure in the grimy, everyday details. We eat, we sleep, we have sex, we get excited and angry, we get over it, we write and we get by.
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am 15. Dezember 1998
This was the first Bukowski book I ever read and the first novel I read on my own (without it being assigned for a class!) in a long time. A friend of mine had a couple of Buk's books lying around and this title intrigued me. I read the first page and I was hooked. It was a very easy and enjoyable read. I was surprised at how an author could be so hilarious, vulgar, and honest at the same time. I could easily relate to many of Chinaski's gripes with women and to his many (and I mean many!) drinking bouts. Although this might not be for everyone (especially the easily offended! Bukowski gets extremely graphic at times), those with an open mind and a sense of humor should find this book delightful.
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am 22. November 1999
Women is a book about life. The life that we can't possibly imagine. Most of us simply go through life without even a hint of Chinaksi (I'm convinced he is no different that Charles himself) in our lives. Those days that do have a little Bukowski in us we remember for eternity.
In Women, Bukowski writes about a ugly old man who has gone unloved for too long. But a change comes over this lonely man as he begins more and more relationships with women. His irrational thought makes any real person laugh and smile. He speaks about them, with them, with a complete disregard for everything, except the reader. He knows how to make the common person laugh; at his incredible optimism, and his look on life. Chinaski may in fact be a lot like our shadow. Those of you who have seen Fight Club, might know all about this.
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am 26. Januar 1998
College Hill Bookstore, Brown University, Providence, RI. I'm a prospective student, visiting, waiting to meet my student host, feeling strange, feeling out of place, killing time. Bukowski jumps out at me from the bookshelf in the Poetry section. Women. I read three pages. I, world's biggest cheapskate and 16-year-old with a job that pays *less* than minimum wage, shell out $16 and walk out of the store with a quick step and a smile. I read it in a sandwich shop and felt like I was following my nutso ex-lover down dirty streets watching her walk away with my furniture. I got drunk. I had sex. I finished my sandwich. I've designed an independent study English class for myself just so I can read Bukowski. I feel like I understand women better now, and I *am* one.
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am 16. November 1998
Here is Bukowski once again---older,a little more famous and getting women-more women than he can handle.In this often hilarious book Bukowski exaimins sex and the benifit of notiarity on how much you will recieve. He uses women for gratification,as drinking partners yet in this book as his unwilling muse.One female aquaintence makes him promise not to include her(ie there sexual activites)in the book.Not a problem Baby! The story basically follows a number of affairs and romances in which Bukowski honastly and brutaly relates what it's like being the sought rather than being the chaser.Brillient characters,poor neighbourhoods and many hangovers add another stalworth to the drunken's ones cannon.
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am 26. November 2004
Henry Chinaski symbolisiert den umgekehrten American Way of Life, jenseits der 'Hyperrealität' des Hollywood glitterati. Bukowski entblößt gnadenlos die harte Realität mit der sich ein Großteil der Amerikanischen Bevölkerung konfrontiert sieht: die Erkenntnis, dass der American Dream für einige realer ist als für andere. Anhänger von 'money talks, bullshit walks'-Literatur sollten von diesem Buch die Finger lassen. Für alle, die die Darstellung von Frauen als billige Schlampen unterhaltsam finden und die gleichzeitig zu der Schlussfolgerung kommen, dass es Momente im Leben gibt, die sich nur mit hartem Alkohol ertragen lassen, dürfte dieses Buch genau das richtige sein.
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