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"It began as a mistake." By middle age, Henry Chinaski has lost more than twelve years of his life to the U.S. Postal Service. In a world where his three true, bitter pleasures are women, booze, and racetrack betting, he somehow drags his hangover out of bed every dawn to lug waterlogged mailbags up mud-soaked mountains, outsmart vicious guard dogs, and pray to survive the ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Ecco Press (first published 1971)
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Andrew Can it? Yes. Should it? No. Looking elsewhere is highly recommended for lessons on what to do when life goes wrong despite our best efforts.
Grigoria Pontiki I would suggest Ham on Rye too. It's about Chinasky's early life and in my opinion, Bukowski's best book.

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Jenn(ifer)
Okay, I can already hear the “booooos” from the Mitchellites saying “how can you give Cloud Atlas two stars, but you give THIS four stars?” I will tell you how. It’s simple really. I thought Cloud Atlas was “okay,” whereas I “really liked” this one. That’s all there is to it. So here we go...

This book made me want to drink. A lot. I mean a lot, a lot. And it made me laugh. A lot. Now you know; my secret is out – I am a twisted, depraved human being who enjoys reading the thoughts of a dirty old
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Paula
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
is it just me, or does reading bukowski make you want to listen to tom waits, too? finished post office last night and this morning listened to small change on the train. here are the opening lyrics to I Can't Wait to Get Off Work (And See My Baby on Montgomery Avenue):
I don't mind working, 'cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars,
I've been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk
And a manic mechanic on cars.
It's nice work if you can get it, now who the hell sa
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Brent Legault
Oct 11, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: knuckle-heads, ne'er-do-wells
Bukowski was once an idol of mine. I've since grown up. He took himself too seriously (while pretending that he didn't). And he was practically talentless. He had spunk and a surprising ("surprising" because of all the booze) work ethic but an ultimately boring sense of humor. His words are like what Hemingway would have thrown away. Bukowski was America's greatest one-trick pony. Or perhaps that's giving him too much credit. He might have had only half a trick, like that uncle of ours who used ...more
Arthur Graham
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why is reading Bukowski so much more enjoyable when you're drinking? Easy: because everything's more enjoyable when you're drinking.

Still, for however much the man's life and writing was informed by the bottle, it was informed by a lot of other things as well, and working for the U.S. Postal Service from the early 1950s to the late 1960s was one of them. This is the book where Bukowski explains how he fell into his career as mail carrier (and later mail clerk), why he stuck with the job for as l
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BlackOxford
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
Not Much Pride; So Much Prejudice

When I was a child my siblings and I played a game we called Opposites. What’s the opposite of Marilyn Monroe? Peter Lorre. What’s the opposite of Vermont? The Red River Valley (takes a moment’s thought and therefore got extra points). So in that spirit: What’s the opposite of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Obviously Charles Bukowski’s Post Office.

There is nothing in the least civilised, much less refined, in Bukowski’s protagonist, Henry Chinaski. His intere
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KamRun
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
اول

امتیازی که به کتاب دادم مربوط به نسخهی اصلی میشه، نه این نسخهی مثلا ترجمه شده

دوم

تاحالا پیش نیومده بود که خوندن یه کتاب به این اندازه باعث عصبانیتم بشه، ولی با خوندن این کتاب واقعا عصبانی شدم و تاسف خوردم از اینکه فرد گمنامی تحت عنوان متجرم به خودش این اجازه رو بده که با این وضع ترجمه و با این حد از وقاحت به شعور مخاطب توهین کنه. من هیچ شناختی از مترجم نداشتم و خیال کردم چون سن و سالی از مترجم گذشته، پس حتما باتجربه و کارکشتهست، اما اشتباه میکردم

بعد از خوندن چند صفحه ازداستان، تصمیم گرفتم از ر
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Mutasim Billah
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"It began as a mistake."

No writer has written about the hoodlums, the lowlifes, the lost souls, the unemployed, the castaways etc etc more beautifully than Bukowski. He hasn't pitied them, like Dickens would. He hasn't detested them either. He has made us live their lives: talk their talk, walk their walk.

The charm of this book lies in the relentless attachment of Chinaski to the US Postal Service, as he puts in thankless hours on the trot in pursuit of a life drowned in alcohol, cigarettes, r
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Matthias
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Ever wandered into a bar, hoping to meet a fellow to philosophize with deep into the night, only to find yourself alone with a student bartender who simply doesn't have it in him yet? Ever wanted to approach that old lonely drunk staring into his glass, so deeply lost in his thoughts that you dare not disturb him? Ever wanted to talk nonsense with a sleazy, voluptuous barfly, laugh and kiss and stroke and fuck and drink and drink and fuck and smoke and drink
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Rosie
May 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody
My first affair with Bukowski. I found this book while substitute teaching a group of tranquil 12th graders. I picked up the book, began reading, and couldn't believe that this book was allowed in a classroom.
Luckily the students had no interest whatsoever in the book, so I had it all to my evil self.
The book is hilarious. I read it in an afternoon. I became that crazy person in a coffee shop cackling over her book. The sentences are short and sharp. The protagonist has no regard for anything
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Fabian
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another masterpiece of feminism in American Literature. Jay kay!

Oh, nah. The daily tale of the proletariat is fully disclosed here in such a disarming & shocking manner. The protagonist is one alcoholic, misogynistic mess! And I love him for it, & perhaps now C. Bukowski, too.
Lynda
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the classics
Allow me to introduce you to...

HENRY CHARLES "HANK" CHINASKI:



> Monumental asshole and perpetual slob.

> Self destructive alcoholic.

> Insincerely servile and unrepentantly sarcastic.

> Void of ambition.

> Unpleasant, crass, cynical, womanising jerk.

> Spends his time:
- propping up bars; or
- losing a small fortune at the racetrack; or
- brawling; or
- f**king;
...the latter with a claim he's an expert!

Never have I come across a character that is just so disgraceful; a sad, lousy
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Luís C.
Charles Bukowski's first novel presenting roughly the last fifteen years before his 50th birthday. He will have spent 12 years living this hellish job at the post office, horse racing, alcohol and women. Women he meets rather seriously, two or three long and many relationships, but still an unconditional love for the drink. And when he describes his work, one can understand why he sinks so easily into alcohol and needs women to clear his head.
This autobiography is written in a familiar register
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ميقات الراجحي
أعرف اسم تشارلز بوكوفسكي منذ المرحلة الجامعية لكن كثرة الكتب وبروز كتب يُحسن بعض دور النشر الترويج لها يؤخرنا عن قراءة كتب هي مؤجلة. ماتبقى من هذا الشهر والذي يليه سأعـكف على قراءة هذا المبدع الذي تصدّره بلاده والدراسات شاعرًا أكثر من كونه روائيًا – سـاردًا – في المقام الأول ، وأعـترفت به أوروبا روائيًا وأديبًا بصفة عامة قبل امريكا .



لا أذكر له غير جملة " الحب كلب من الجحيم" وهو عنوان لإحدى قصائده وستجده يحتل عنوان لمجموعة أشعار مختارة مترجمة للعربية .

كنت أود البداية مع أول أعماله الروائية (مكتب
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Christopher Smith
Jun 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone (except girls)
What do you get when you mix two cases of beer, chronic gambling, and a vulgar, "Fuck this world and fuck you if you live in it" attitude?

Probably not a very nice person. But after reading "Post Office", my first by Bukowski, you start to realize that there are too many fucking pussy ass nice people in the world. I wish sometimes that I could live ten minutes of my life the way Henry Chininski wakes up every morning. Maybe then my balls might drop just an inch or two and I could get the fucking
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Cecily
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canada-and-usa
I enjoyed this more than I expected and in some way, more than I think I should!

Hank Chinaski describes a little more than a decade of his life. He is intelligent, but mostly lives the life of a loser: too much booze; menial work, mostly in the eponymous post office; bad relationships; bunking off work; betting on horses; more booze etc. It is all somewhat detached; his daughter is "the girl", even though he knew "as long as I could see the girl I would be all right", but such detachment is nece
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Kirstine
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed, fiction, 1-men
Bukowski puzzles me.

This could be a true story, he could honest to god have sat down one day, with a hangover from hell, and decided to write this book, for no other reason than to tell the world "I exist. Lives like this are lived every day".

Something struck me, not in the book (well, to be honest, the entire book struck me), but there was something on the back of it. One of the reviews read: "Cunning, relentlessly jokey and sad". That broke me. It isn't relentlessly funny, no, it's relentles
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Mohamed Al
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
لا بد، قبل أي شيء، أن نثني على دار الجمل لإقدامها على هذه الخطوة غير المسبوقة لترجمة رواية لهذا الكاتب الأمريكي الذي لم يصل إلينا من نتاجه سوى بعض القصائد والمقالات!

ومع أن الخطوة/الترجمة كانت متعثرة نوعًا ما، سواء من ناحية الإخراج أو من ناحية الأخطاء التي اكتظ بها النص، إلا أنها مع ذلك تظل محل تقدير!

فبوكوفسكي واحد من هؤلاء الكتاب الذين ظلوا منبوذين لزمن طويل في أمريكا نفسها بسبب حديثه بكل صدق وتسميته للأشياء بمسمياتها دون تزييف ومواربة، فالكاذب يسميه كاذبًا، والسارق يسميه سارقًا، والمحتال يسميه
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Alex
There's this whole hallowed tradition of guys writing about their dicks, right? And it's boring. Sometimes some guy will come up with a new way of writing about his dick, your Ulysses or Gravity's Rainbow, or someone's particularly good at writing about his dick, like Philip Roth or Bukowski, and everybody's like, ta-dah! New horizons in dick literature! But it's still just dicks, isn't it? How guys feel about their dicks, and what guys would like to do with their dicks, and whether guys' dicks ...more
Ahmed Ibrahim
يقول بوكوفسكي إن 93% من رواياته هي أحداث حقيقية تنقل سيرته الذاتية، و 7% المتبقية كانت لتحسين صورتها.
مكتب البريد هي أول أعمال الكاتب التي بدأها ونشرها بعد تركه العمل في البريد بعد اثنى عشر عامًا، تفرغ لكتابتها تحت إعالة الناشر له ماديًا.

بوكوفسكي يكتب بصدق وتلقائية دون تزيين الأحداث، ولعل هذا ما يجعله قريبًا لقلب قارئه العادي، وصادمًا للقارئ الكيوت.
يحكي عن حياته من بداية عمله في البريد للمرة الأولى ثم تركه والعودة للعمل فيه مرة أخرى، وفي خلال هذا تتخلل الأحداث الكثير من المغامرات مع النساء وا
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David Schaafsma
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“We’re forced into absurd lives, against which the only sane response is to wage a guerrilla operation of humor and lust and madness.”—Chinaski/Bukowski

I just finished, with a sour taste in my mouth, Bukowski’s Women, infamously making many of the Worst Misogynist Novels of All Time lists, and because I am a masochist (and because it just happened to pop up on my audio tape queue and had some time to drive and listen), I jumped right back in to Bukowski, into the novel that catapulted this forme
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Parthiban Sekar
Screw, shit, Six-pack, and Post office.
Fatema Hassan , bahrain
عندما تنهي مرحلة في حياتك تجدها لسبب ما مهمة أو مؤلمة أو جديرة بالتوثيق، فتتجه لتوثقها ورقيًا محاكيًا سليقتك / فأنت تتصعلك على الأدب/ هكذا يفعل تشارلز بوكوفسكي هنا من تخريجٍ لجنونه، يكتب تاريخ رجل لم تصنع منه الحياة ببغاء ليردد أدب سواه فلا يدعي لأدبه النضج .. يخترق سقف توقعاتنا بزجّه أكبر كمية من أفكار وكلمات بذيئة لتتعارك مبرزة عضلاتها ..نافرة من بين السطور ليغشى بها الأبصار ويرينا طرقه الحياتية المأهولة بفجاجته بتفاخره الذكوري كدليل سياحي عارٍ .. و كلما ستشير له يده وستقتفي أثرها أعيننا.. سيك ...more
Vit Babenco
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The ocean, look at it out there, battering, crawling up and down. And underneath all that, the fish, the poor fish fighting each other, eating each other. We're like those fish, only we're up here. One bad move and you're finished. It's nice to be a champion. It's nice to know your moves.”
This is Charles Bukowski’s life philosophy and according to it, he depicts his life…
“The streets were full of insane and dull people. Most of them lived in nice houses and didn't seem to work, and you wondered
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Edward
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Post Office is an account of one man's struggle with regular employment. Henry Chinaski is a heavy drinker, gambler and philanderer. His actions are often crass and immoral, and his behaviour gets quite sketchy at times, but despite all this, it's hard not to identify and sympathise with him. For the reader, there is a guilty sense of vicarious liberation that comes from living in his shoes. He acts reflexively according to his desires, with little concern for the long term. His voice is irrever ...more
Chris
Feb 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
The cover said: "One of the funniest novels ever written." The little Joe Pesci on my shoulder kept chiming in, "Funny how?...I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f@$%in' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how?..." No, I must say not amusing funny, little Joe on my shoulder, definitely not amusing. I'm guessing funny as in no matter what this loser Chinaski does, he always ends up getting drunk and then working, while hungover, at his soul deadening job ...more
Jennifer
Aug 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is my first Charles Bukowski reading experience after watching the documentary on him called BORN INTO THIS. I found that film moving and Bukowski to be someone endearing --a misfit and self-hating artist--who set out to do for writing and poetry what the punk rockers did -- bring it back “to the people.” This then is a proletariat novel of sorts, about “the working class.” But it’s also very funny in its bluntness and admirable in its honesty. And that seems to be Bukowski’s gift -- his ra ...more
mai ahmd
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
في بداية الأمر كنتُ ساخطة على بوكوفسكي وذلك بسبب رؤيته الواضحة من خلال النص تجاه المرأة وكيف إن المرأة مرتبطة بالجنس ولا شيء أكثر من ذلك غير إن مع المضي في القراءة تتضح عاطفته تجاه المرأة وتجاه زوجته الأولى تحديدا
وإن كانت بشكل مائل للسخرية .. أعتقد أن فرادة هذا النص هو غرابته وطريقة بوكوفسكي في النظر للآخر ..
عمل بوكوفسكي موظفا للبريد لفترة 12 عاما عمله كان شاقا ويبدو كأعمال السخرة ولعل نوعية هذا العمل جعلته واسع الإطلاع على أنواع البشر ناهيك عن طفولته الشقية بسبب الأساليب العنيفة التي كان يستخ
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Samir Rawas Sarayji
A good and quick read. I love the stripped down, short and direct sentences that tell it like it is. It's minimalism but not in the Hemingwayesque style, i.e consciously being clever, instead, it's the voice that's in tune with the narrator's thought processes. This is what makes Henry Chinaski's story very addictive to read.

It's also its weakness because we are never privy to the inner consciousness of Chinaski. His first wife leaves him and he just accepts it. His second leaves him and he jus
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Sohaib
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads, fiction, humor
Super funny and quick to read.

This novel is a semi-autobiographical account that tells the story of Hank Chinaski, the literary alter ego of Bukowski. At certain places in the book, I took this simply as his own fantasy of how he saw or wanted to see himself. Anyway, Hank is a cynical antihero. He loves two things more than anything, booze and women.

Hank starts as a post service substitute carrier, a sub mailman. When he finally makes "regular," he quits. He takes to the racetracks, drinking al
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ليلى المطوع
رغم اني كنت اتذمر خلال القراءة من هذا الانسان الذي يعامل المرأة على انها ثدي ومؤخرة، لكن انهيتها ليلة امس قبل النوم، ونهضت هذا الصباح وأنا افكر بشيء افتقده .. ولم يكن الا بوكوفسكي
تبا له

حسنا نعود الى العمل، هو جزء من سيرة ذاتية للكاتب، عن مغامراته مع النساء، ومشاكله في العمل والحياة، لا اعتقد ان هذا الرجل تمسك بشيء في حياته، هو من الاشخاص الذين لا احب وجودهم في حياتي، الغير مبالين بكل المصائب والكوارث التي تحدث، يعيشون داخل قوقعتهم، ومع الاسف هذه صفة في الرجال.

لامسني الجزء الذي ذكر فيه عدد السن
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Henry Charles Bukowski (born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski) was a German-born American poet, novelist and short story writer. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.It is marked by an emphasis on the ordinary lives of poor Americans, the act of writing, alcohol, relationships with women and the drudgery of work. Bukowski wrote thousands ...more
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