You are mocking at her but it is not as if it were the first time a woman wrote a negative review on a Bukowski book.
I don't agree with his limited perception of Bukowski but I won't mock him for that.
God damn that Ayn Rand! Atlas Shrugged? I shrugged! Give me a break. Her writing leaves me cold, and the movies made from her books are awful. Avoid her at all costs!
What's the point?
"It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well."
We have a winner!Did you think maybe it took Tony 30 years to read the book?
I think this comment was unintentionally funny:
Posted by Anna van Gelderen on March 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm
I saw the movie Barfly when it came out and was instantly put off Charles Bukowski and all his books (none of which I have ever read). I quite like your review and am pleased to see my prejudice confirmed here ;-)
- Yes, it's always nice to get one's prejudices confirmed, especially when you have'nt read any of the books you're prejudiced against. :D
Movies and records are powdered and painted and re-released (and re-re-released ad nauseum), which gives a new perspective, or introduces them to a new audience. Books are different. How far back do you go? Do we need reviews of Mark Twain books?I don't really find it that strange that people write reviews of older books, movies, or music.
Tony comes across like he wanted to make a late pc-statement (is anyone still using the term? me, okay) and picked up Bukowski to dismiss the sexist, macho filth he would have found elsewhere better, for his cause.
I don't think the world absolutely needs a new review of Women but a blogger is free to write on any book he wants, whether current or old. I also don't think that "living, breathing writers" lack exposure. And I'm not sure these latter deserve any exposure at all, at least a huge part of them. Sincerely, I prefer to read an umpteenth review of Women, even a negative one, than the review of a worthless brand new book.The point is Bukowski and Twain are long dead, and "reviewing" their books takes a review away from a new book, by, oh, say, a living, breathing writer who needs the exposure.
Does the world need a new "review" of Women? That's a rhetorical question. The answer is; no, the world does not. Just because someone "discovered" Bukowski yesterday, or has always had a Bukowski chip on their shoulder and needs a "review" to air it is not a valid reason to review a book.
I don't believe that all the readers of this review reacted like the few people who wrote comments. ;)It doesn't matter anyway. Look at the comments under that "review." A bunch of imbeciles who never read Bukowski have now had their prejudices confirmed. So what does that accomplish? That's also a rhetorical question.