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اثر چارلز بوکفسکی از انتشارات قاصدک صبا - مترجم: فرح آمیلی-معروف ترین رمان ها

اداره‌ی پست نخستین رمان چارلز بوکوفسکی است، که در سال ۱۹۷۰ در سن ۴۹ سالگی کم‌تر از یک ماه به رشته‌ی تحریر درآورد و یک سال بعد به چاپ رسید. بوکوفسکی در سال ۱۹۵۰ در اداره‌ی پست لس‌آنجلس به عنوان نامه‌رسان مشغول به کار شد، اما سه سال بعد کارش را رها کرد و تا ۱۹۶۵ در مشاغل مختلف دست به تجربه‌اندوزی زد، او در همین سال به اداره‌ی پست بازگشت و چهار سال دیگر در آن‌جا ماند. اداره‌ی پست بر اساس خاطرات و تجربیات شخصی نویسنده به عنوان نامه‌رسان نگاشته شده و تصویری گویا از جامعه‌ی آمریکا در دهه‌ی پنجاه و شصت میلادی ارائه می‌دهد؛


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Charles Bukowskis 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 perfectly corresponding to what it means. A very good novel without dead time.
I dont know about you, but that does not make you want to be a postman...

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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 [email protected] attitude?

Probably not a very nice person. But after reading @Post [email protected], 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 cohones together to do something REAL and FRESH.

Not that Chininski was any Henry fucking Ford. The opposite, actually. This mofo was lazy, self-destructive, and pretty much just amazing. Reading @Post [email protected] isnt just an entertaining romp into the mind of a tortured genius drunk shithead (it is); its also an excellent resource for figuring out why modern writers have such stupid literary style (it all started with you, Bukowski).

So, next time you wake up and you feel like fucking pounding a case of Schlitz right after you beat the shit out of your cute ass toy poodle, read @Post [email protected] and get motivation to sit on your ass, complain about your job, shit on the opposite sex, and really, really, really fucking appreciate the finer delicacies of life.

Because life is amazing, you just gotta punch the shit out of it sometimes.

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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 [email protected], even though he knew @as long as I could see the girl I would be all [email protected], but such detachment is necessary for him to survive his lifestyle, especially the times when he is hurt.

Amorality Redeemed by Humour

Despite his general lack of moral compass or consideration of such matters, and the dreadful way he treats some women, it is a compellingly written story, with a wonderful irreverent wit than won me over, rather as an indulgent adult overlooks the worst excesses of a naughty child. At times it appears like a rambling stream-of-consciousness, but I think that is a chimera and that it is actually a carefully crafted story.

Bathos

The opening line is, @It began as a [email protected], section two opens, @Meanwhile, things went [email protected] and the book closes with, @Maybe Ill write a novel I thought. And then I [email protected] Wonderful bathos.

When job hunting, @The first place smelled like work, so I took the [email protected] and much of the humour comes from work, especially satirising the bureaucracy of the post office supervisors and colleagues who are variously incompetent, sadistic and playing the system.

Its not just bureaucracy, but full control, bordering on brainwashing: at one point, they are told @Each letter you stick... beyond duty helps defeat the [email protected] Targets and training are rigorous and a nurse does spot checks on anyone off sick, yet those who miss targets get compulsory @[email protected] (as well as disciplinary chits).

When trying to learn the routes, Chinaski comes up with a variant of traditional memory techniques, but instead of visualising ordinary people and objects along the route, his is more like a series of orgies. Like many administratively burdened institutions, @You had to fill out more papers to get out than to get [email protected], but before he leaves, Chinaski has one victory: a small fire from cigar ash heralds the introduction of ash trays: @I had all by myself... revolutionised the postal [email protected], which Im sure would be an epitaph hed be happy with.

Poignant

Despite the light touch, Chinaski isnt immune from hurt, grief and introspection: @We slept without touching. We had both been [email protected] and @How the hell do I know who you are or I am or anybody [email protected] Nevertheless, dirt and depravity notwithstanding, the overall tone is humorous.

Insane but Never Dull?

Early on Chinaski realises @the streets were full of insane and dull [email protected]; he is probably the former, but certainly never the latter.

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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 isnt relentlessly funny, no, its relentlessly jokey. Whats the difference? Funny is clean, it makes you feel good, like itll all work out in the end. Jokey is when youre standing in the gutter knee deep in shit and you make a joke about not lighting a cigarette because it would set the world on fire.
Or something like that.

So I agree this book isnt funny, there are no thought through jokes, they were never meant to be written down on paper and told in a microphone for a well-dressed crowd, the world simply shoved situations in his face and he decided to laugh. Jokey indeed, and well done, Bukowski has you laughing with him.

Then theres the other part @and [email protected] And sad. At the end of the sentence, like its an afterthought, the feeling youre left with when all the others have come and gone. Its so simple, no fancy word, no sorrowful, no endlessly depressing. Its sad. Like that. Theres not a damn thing you can do about it, its the way it is. It wont make you cry, but it will make you feel like drinking.

I wasnt sure how much I liked it when I finished it last night. But then I woke up this morning and I felt a strange desire to read it again. It just hit me out of nowhere, it was like realising youre hungry, instead I just wanted more of this, this book, of Henry Chinaski. Perhaps it was simply the pull of a life Ill never know, of struggles Ill never endure.

In any case, it made an impression. I recommend you try it out for yourself.

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Theres this whole hallowed tradition of guys writing about their dicks, right? And its boring. Sometimes some guy will come up with a new way of writing about his dick, your Ulysses or Gravitys Rainbow, or someones particularly good at writing about his dick, like Philip Roth or Bukowski, and everybodys like, ta-dah! New horizons in dick literature! But its still just dicks, isnt it? How guys feel about their dicks, and what guys would like to do with their dicks, and whether guys dicks are any good, and its all so boring. Im not part of any movement here, Im not trying to make some political point, Im just saying you guys gotta shut up about your dicks. Its fuckin boring.

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