This is my first Bukowski book. It was inconvenient. I do not mean this in a bad way at all, I mean it is the kind of book that gives me an. One of Charles Bukowski’s best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-e. Factotum by Charles Bukowski (Jun 5 ) [aa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. One of Charles Bukowski’s best, this beer-soaked.

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Paperbackpages. Factotum takes place in and follows the life of Chinaski in his search for a job that will not separate him from his writing. Henry Fzctotum is Charles Bukowski alter ego so you suspect this is a semi-autobiographical novel that tries to capture not only his uncompromising love for writing but the isolation and loneliness he must feel.

I really look forward to reading it, as I was recommended both books by a reliable source.

The thought of sitting in front of a man behind a desk and telling him that I wanted a job, that I was qualified for a job, was too much for me. Henry Chinaski drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class LA in search of a job. The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this narrow cement strip surrounded by water and all the people in the bus, the twenty-five or forty of fifty-two people trusted him, but I never did.

The thought of sitting in front of a man behind a desk and telling him that I wanted a job, that I was qualified for a job, was too much for me. Books by Charles Bukowski.

The tale is of a guy ‘Chinaski’ who rolls from bar to bar. There’s only one scene in Factotum that illustrates his father’s treatment of him and his mothers’ unwillingness to restrain his father – and it’s one of the most memorable of the book.

She’s sort of dusky and short, wearing black lipsticks. Henry Chinaski is a great character; his low-life urbanity and alcoholism makes him a great guide into the seedy underbelly. Bukowski almost convinces you that the pursuit of drunkenness as a way of coping with reality is a kind of spiritual pursuit: There was no depth, flimsy characters that the author paints a vague suggestion of, bouncing form job to job – each is brief but lacking.


This second one features Chinaski’s lost twenties of booze, terrible jobs, women, drunken brawls. Open Preview See a Problem? I find such comfort in his distressing words. Factotum tells the bukwoski of anti-hero and everyman Henry Chinaski. Did I ever sneak in a bottle of wine for me and my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats? They say mad, brilliant things. Chang rated it it was amazing. Welcome Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego.

He wanted to be a writer. Charles Bukowski’s posthumous legend continues to grow. It should be a while before I pick up another one.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

The bar is pretty noisy, this singer’s all, work work work work. There wasn’t a real man in the whole shitload. Oct 01, P.

Am I really any better? Just the spilt guts of a self-aggrandizing louse. As a first Bukowski novel, it’s a wise choice, because it’s a quick read.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

Chinaski’s story isn’t pretty, but Bukowski isn’t concerned about offending a reader’s middle-class American sensibilities. It can be love but it needn’t be Factotum I guess it’s not a book for everyone, but those who dare to read it will find some things to like about it.

His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat Nov 12, Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: Factotum by Charles Bukowski.

Well, my answer to the first query is still “NO” and my response to the second still “YES” but contemplating these things during my read was enriching in some way, so I reluctantly give some credit there to ol’ CB.


He has no respect for women or anyone else for that matter, and drinks himself into a state of absolute despair just so he can write about his depressive life in order to persuade the rest of the public to feel better about themselves I assume. Bukowdki is by no means helped by the emotionally, and in some cases mentally, unstable women he chooses to surround himself with; not to mention his heavy drinking.

Return to Book Page. They aren’t thinking men like you and me” A writer who struggles bkkowski make ends meet so he takes every job he can possibly find. Hey, I worked at Sears, in the stockroom, for a year or so! At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles. I find myself relating so much to Henry Chinaski. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, bukowwski of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books Charles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a German mother.

When you bumowski, for example Palahniuk’s description and detail of Marla Singer in Fight Club, even about Chloe, who was about to die, he puts you there with a richness and prose that complements the dark text. The poverty and squalor of Factotum is not quite as fun as it was in Ham and Rye. I was not so hot in the mornings with mine.

These quotes from Factotum are just some of the ones that stand out. If the reader comes to this text with our typical baggage: It’s the only good fight there is.

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