Charles Bukowski’s ‘Women’

(Book review)

4.9/5. If you’re under 18, better close this review. You did it, right? Okay, now, when there are adults only or thirteen aged girls who like to read some dirty things, welcome to Charles Bukowski’s world! First of all, I would like to say that I cannot believe I read the book ‘Women’ that has almost 400 pages in only 2 days. From the first page you jump into this journey and you can’t close the book till the end.

‘Women’ is a 1978 novel written by Charles Bukowski, starring his semi-autobiographical character Henry Chinaski. It is centered on Chinaski’s later life, as a celebrated poet and writer, not as a dead-end lowlife.

The writer swamps your head with a smorgasbord of his queer quotations, “I was sentimental about many things: a woman’s shoes under the bed; one hairpin left behind on the dresser; the way they said, ‘I’m going to pee.’ hair ribbons; walking down the boulevard with them at 1:30 in the afternoon, just two people walking together; the long nights of drinking and smoking; talking; the arguments; …feeling good; the jokes; the laughter out of nowhere; feeling miracles in the air; being in a parked car together; comparing past loves at 3 am; being told you snore; hearing her snore; mothers, daughters, sons, cats, dogs; …her dull friends; your dull friends; your drinking, her dancing; your flirting, her flirting; her pills, your f*cking on the side and her doing the same; sleeping together…”

Throughout the book, Bukowski describes the life of writer Henry Chinaski who has vulgar and sexist relationships with women. He is disgusting and always drunk. However, you keep reading this story. ‘Why?’You may ask this question. On the one hand, I personally think that it is because of Bukowski’s writing style. It’s simple, down-to-earth, with a lot of humor and funny jokes. On the other hand, while reading the book, a bizarre idea flashed in my mind, “I even don`t know why, but I understand well four languages: English, Irony, Sexual innuendo and Drunk Writers.”

While speaking about drawbacks, I notice just only one — this book doesn’t have any plot twists. Nevertheless, it’s fascinating anyway.

So ask yourself if you’re ready to read this book and go buy it, in my opinion, it’s worth it.

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