Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook is written by Charles Bukowski, edited by David Stephen Calonne, and published by City Lights. I’m finding a lot of the material in Bukowski’s “Portions from a wine-stained notebook” is quite the departure from most of the other works I have. Portions From A Wine Stained Notebook Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski left a lot of great writing behind. He was so prolific, in fact, that.

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Bukowski never wasted a word, and this collection should go far towards shining a light on prose in danger of being lost in the shadow of its larger-than-life author. A student came by one night and over some beers he told me: It’s nice to know he still has a shit-ton of unreleased writing laying around.

But back to the book. He knew that he wanted an I’d never much liked Bukowski, though that’s maybe more because of the film “Barfly” than anything by Bukowski himself. Without it I would fall ill and die.

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I’m outraged and awestruck at the same time. City LightsSep 1, – Fiction – pages. Books by Charles Bukowski. This is an excellent introduction to the prose of Charles Bukowski. Bukowski never wasted a word, and this collection should go far towards shining a light on prose in danger of being lost in the shadow of its larger-than-life author. The book contains meditations on his familiar themes drinking, horse-racing, etc. I read Bukowski standing up one day in a bookstore City Lights and thought he did it too.


Some of the stories feel vaguely familiar, like I’ve read them before. For some time now, I feel that Bukowski was really the best when working for some obscure magasines.

He died in San Pedro, California on March 9, Not my favourite Bukowski selection s but still a worthwhile addition for any fan of his work. Portions is a substantial selection of these wide-ranging works, most of which have been unavailable But he writes with grace and insight about his life and about the lower depths of American life in a lost age. Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five.

What fame I had was mostly in Europe, through translation. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Feb 21, Maja Shinigami rated it really liked it Shelves: From charlws the book. Those new to his work will have the good fortune of discovering a writer who could break your heart, make you howl, and slap you off your bar-stool you in a single sentence.

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There are still a few WTF moments though. Like the knowing that some of his works won’t be available to the broader audiences gave his much more freedom in expressing himself than usual. Then I said that Sherwood Anderson could outwrite the whole bloody gang. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.

Its a good read. Lists with This Book. Bukowski is a tough one for me. In a distinct rhythm.

Jun 06, Lucas rated it really liked it. Little was said of the wasted lives of almost all the people, the sadness, all the sadn From “I Meet The Master,” a story about his discovery and meeting of John Fante: David Calonne has unearthed Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebookthe previously missing link in Bukowski’s oeuvre that suddenly makes everything come clear.

Ginsberg sucked to the sound of himself and was overcome. This collection of previously unpublished or poorly published material is a real goldmine, and contains some of the best stuff he’s written. My Real Work Is Being,etc. During the day I hung around the L.