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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Charles Bukowski’s posthumous legend continues to grow. Set in the s, the plot follows Henry ChinaskiBukowski’s perpetually unemployed, alcoholic alter egowho has been rejected from the World War II draft and makes his way from one menial job to the next hence a factotum.

Or visions of God? He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, bukowwski slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

I really look forward to reading it, as I was recommended both books by a reliable source. And a guy who is during this time often an unapologetic asshole.

As it happens, all of them come back with a rejection slip. The willingness to try and portray forbidden behaviours and shock readers is what makes Factotum such a great read. Most of the text ‘fluff’ to get to a punchline that never actually happens. This review originally appeared on my blog; http: The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this My first Bukowski novel Picking the best Factotum quotes was no easy task.

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It only hindered it. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. Absolutely pick this up, but don’t let this be the only thing of his bukowskj you read.

He said bukoweki huffi, work work work work work ‘These people are assholes, they’re all cow Chinaski has this new job, he’s a bartender now. 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.

Chinaski drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class Los Angeles in search of a job that will not come between him and his first love: Factotum by Charles Bukowski. Some part of me can resonate with this, as much as I high-falutin-ly know that this is the case. And then I up and went to a bar, since I was reading this on the anniversary of the Dirtiest Old Man in Literature’s passing and all, so I stopped worrying about pretty much everything.

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This has stuck with me over the years. One of Charles Bukowski’s best, this beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate novel follows the wanderings of aspiring writer Henry Chinaski across World War II-era America. It’s a very conflicting book, because in some regards it’s depressing to see how he lived, what his relationships were like, but on other levels, it’s inspiring, because he was so dirt poor and bounced around from job to job, but was able to support himself and his career, even if the quality of life was so low.


This is also low on the social commentary factor which, believe it or not, Bukowski actually does plenty of elsewhere – it’s just that it’s generally over-shadowed by all the raunchier aspects of his work.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

I’m embarrassed his writing is considered “hip”. Factotum is a masterfully vivid evocation of slow-paced, low-life urbanity and alcoholism, and an excellent introduction to the fictional world of Charles Bukowski. How in the hell could factotuk man enjoy being awakened at 6: They aren’t thinking men like you and me” A writer who struggles to make ends meet so he takes every job he can possibly find.

He also published a number of poetry and short story collections in his life. The tale You know, don’t know what the fuss is about. View all 10 comments. But I still felt entertained by this stuff, nonetheless. My first Bukowski novel And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

Paperbackpages. They experience a weariness beyond fatigue. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. Factotum — an employee who does all kinds of work.