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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View all 5 comments. Bukowsli other uses, see Factotum disambiguation. He also published a number of poetry and short story collections in his life. His writing style has earned him many fans and continues to draw new readers in every year. Having read two of Bukowski’s books now, I’ve decided he’s for two types of people: Ha “These people are assholes, assholes!

And then I thought of Raymond Carver.

Granted, this was the first Bukowski novel I’ve read. Return to Book Page.

When a brief stint as a bookie finds him abandoned by the only woman with whom he is able to relate, a fling with gold-digging floozie Laura finds him once again falling into a morose state of perpetual drunkenness and unemployment. He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, It’s the s, Chinaski had been rejected by the World War II drafts on account of his mental health, and he’s searching for a job.

But what was Bukowski, really?

But can I turn away and stop listening? Then I moved to the couch where I drank alcohol nukowski chain-smoked cigarettes while zooming through the book. It’s the only good fight there is. This page was last edited on 18 Augustat All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want facttoum do it.

And a guy who is during this time often an unapologetic asshole. I wanted to love Bukowski.

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. Or, do I perhaps harbor some of the same misanthropy that he nakedly exposes one word to the next? His first book of poetry was published in ; he went on to publish more than forty-five books of poetry and prose, including PulpScreams from the Balconyand The Last Night of the Earth Poems I find such comfort in his distressing words.


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One of ffactotum poet friends in high school once told me that he only would read Bukowski while taking a shit. Did I ever sneak in a bottle of wine for me and my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats? When the undercurrent of life starts to pull you away even struggling against it can take you further away Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed.

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Jan 22, Michael Oliver rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Just the spilt guts of a self-aggrandizing louse. My first Bukowski novel The story at some parts I could even describe it as depressing. Because of the title, there might be a greater focus here on all the soul-killing, mind-numbing jobs he worked to pay for flophouse rent and booze, almost all of them from which he was fired, sometimes after only a day.

He also was once a real-life drunk of epic proportions who wrote in tight, blunt, staccato, matter-of-fact sentence-lumps, consistently describing soul-crushing fxctotum, oceans of booze and cluttered ashtrays. Bukowski is known for the literary movement Dirty Realism; a movement bujowski often focuses on transgressive fiction in a very raw and interesting way.

I am so glad that I read it again because there were so many quotes I’ve missed when I first read it. The emotional honesty that pours out in this book is both heart-breakingly beautiful factotuk also very refreshing.

He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. Isolation is the gift. She’s wiggling and wobbling, but he’s not into her. I blew through it in days. Chinaski begins sleeping with fellow barfly Jan, a kindred spirit he meets while drowning his sorrows at a bar.


I knew that if I was driving that i would consider the possibility or desirability of drowning everybody. Oct 25, George K. He is consistently rejected by the only publishing house he respects, but is driven to continue by the knowledge that he could do better than the authors they publish.

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Bukowski will be hilarious for some, and too offensive for many, but he can sure tell a story. Factotum is a masterfully vivid evocation of slow-paced, low-life urbanity and alcoholism, and an excellent introduction to the fictional bukoowski of Charles Bukowski. You know, don’t know what the fuss is about. Henry Chinaski 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.

One of Charles Bukowski’s bukowksi, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America.

I guess how he seems to be able to walk into any bar, in any state in America and it is full of easy women who, for a drink will just give it away, just pissed me off. The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this narrow cement strip surrounded by water and factotuum the people in the bus, the twenty-five or forty of fifty-two people trusted him, but I never did. Oct 10, Joshua Bukoaski rated it it was ok Shelves: Bukowski also worked at Sears FIVE different times during this period, fired each time for stealing and various other infractions.

But it’s just too weak for me.