They are often unexpected and surprising, sometimes shocking, and always impressive. In reading them, hopefully you too find yourself immersed in the fluid and transient worlds they create. Is any short story recommendation list complete without Her Body and Other Parties? Although Maxine Beneba Clarke is based in Melbourne, Australia, this short story collection is as global as they come. It is focused on people at the fringes of society, who are often forgotten and left behind.
Even though the subjects of the stories are outsiders, they each find their own strength. The stories themselves are also tiny, yet intense. Or they might. At any moment. There is something tense and suspended about all the stories. The potential for a breakdown looms over each one, making the collection as a whole immersive and memorable. Another collection that has made many a list, and for good reason. The title reveals the kinds of women that Gay tells the stories of: women who are not necessarily likeable, but who are complex and dimensional. There is a kind of mundanity in the events of the stories that can be confronting at times.
That is because these are realistic experiences for women to have, told in a wry and pointed way. Tarcutta Wake is the best example of what she does. After leaving the hospital he got a typewriter and began writing again—this time, poetry. He later returned to prose and gained some fame with his column, Notes of a Dirty Old Man.
After 14 years in the Post Office he resigned at age 50, he says, to keep from going insane. He now claims to be unemployable and eats typewriter ribbons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 14, Amy rated it it was amazing. Charles Bukowski wrote about life.
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He wrote about drinking, dead-end jobs, women, sex, gambling, and violence. Much of his writing is crude because that's how he saw life.
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The Most Beautiful Woman in Town contains many semi-autobiographical stories and other stories with an interesting taste of fantasy and surrealism. I greatly enjoyed this book. It was the first Bukowski book I have read, and I honestly wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. What I discovered was an author who was real and Charles Bukowski wrote about life.
What I discovered was an author who was real and gritty. Bukowski described the grittiest, dirtiest portions of lower class life. His more fantastical stories, such as "The Gut-Wringing Machine" offer insight into his views on life and society.
I can't wait to start reading another Bukowski book, and I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever glimpsed this nitty-gritty side of life. However, if you're unfamiliar with Bukowski's writing and believe you would be offended by the alcoholism, gambling, sex, and multiple occurrences of fellatio, I would suggest avoiding Bukowski all together.
View 1 comment. The title story is awesome.
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NONE of the rest are like it. The others are great but all like each other. Well, Bukowski makes no apologies for knowing what he knows and writing what he knows horses and beer and sluts and sex and writing and publishing and shit jobs and bumming about and horses and beer and sex and writing and beer shits and hospital trips and everyone's horny all the goddamn time. I imagine this sort of thing is a thrill to discover as a teenager: "Whoah!
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This is literature?! What reader needs to be discerning enough in their reading of these stories to even be able to tell the difference between them? They are cheap thrills all- would have been way better if it was just the cheapest and the thrillingest View all 5 comments. Jul 03, AJ Griffin rated it really liked it Recommends it for: male pigs; people without livers; judy and her dream of horses. Jesus Christ, I've been awake for like 24 hours and my tongue hurts and I've been eating 2 pieces of bread for an hour, but I couldn't resist this one.
I'd really only read Chuck's poetry before, but I enjoyed it and bought this collection of stories after someone told me it would be a nice birthday gift for the lady friend. I think this person hated me. I almost had an anxiety attack after I read it; Bukowski's MO seems to involve drinking excessive beer, having somewhat selfish sex with girls Jesus Christ, I've been awake for like 24 hours and my tongue hurts and I've been eating 2 pieces of bread for an hour, but I couldn't resist this one.
I almost had an anxiety attack after I read it; Bukowski's MO seems to involve drinking excessive beer, having somewhat selfish sex with girls whom he alternately refers to as "bitch," "cunt," "whore," "slut," and pretty much any other derogatory term you can think of.