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Barely a step ahead buokwski abject vagrancy, Bukowski’s protagonist and alter-ego Henry Chinaski is the everyman of the most base of our species comfortable asking the bare minimum of this world. It could mean freezing on a park bench.

Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty-four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty-five. I have yet to read a Bukowski novel that I consider great. In one job, he got paid by a bar owner 5 bucks and all the shots of whiskey he could drink to clean a total of six window blinds, which as it turns out took him all day, and in engliah end required—because he was of course drunk–the help of all his fellow bar patrons, for whom he used the ccharles bucks to buy a round this was the fifties, when five bucks could actually almost buy a bar a round; well, almost.

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But none of the bus drivers ever dumped us. This review originally appeared on my blog; http: My one qualm with this book is that I know a lot of people who read this and think they get the basic factotumm of Bukowski, when that is so very much not the case.


And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. Hey, I worked at Sears, in the stockroom, for a year or so! For each Joan of Arc there is a Hitler perched at the other end of the teeter-totter. The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this My first Bukowski novel Following the narrative of being employed many, many times, failing and getting fired just as many, drinking, drinking, drinking to a sickening degreeand barnacle-ing to the hulls of a series of horrendously-depicted females.

Suppose he had an argument with his wife that morning? Bukowski almost convinces you that the pursuit of drunkenness as a way of coping with reality is a kind of spiritual pursuit: 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.

Henry Chinaski drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class LA in search of a job. And this I found interesting, in an historico-anthropological sort of way, while simultaneously depressing and upsetting. When the undercurrent of life starts to pull you away even struggling against it can take you further away If you want an example of this style of writing and the beauty of plotless – Craig Wallwork delivers a ‘benchmark’ with The Sound of Loneliness.

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Chinaski’s story isn’t pretty, but Bukowski isn’t concerned about offending a reader’s middle-class American sensibilities. Did I ever sneak in a bottle of wine for me and my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats?

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.


Once, a girl I became involved with praised Bukowski while simultaneously giving factootum a caveat about what a terrible sexist he was. This article about an autobiographical novel of the s is a stub. A job that would serve him nicely and won’t come in between him and his true love: Books by Charles Bukowski.

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. The poverty and squalor of Factotum is not quite as fun as it was in Ham and Rye. Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds bukowsmi short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books Charles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a Bukowsku mother.

View all 8 comments. Lists with This Book. Oh, and there isn’t much plot, not that I have a problem with that usually.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bukowski will be hilarious for some, and too offensive for many, but he can sure tell a story. The tale is of a guy ‘Chinaski’ who rolls from bar to bar. In contrast, Bukowski, for me, reads like a guy telling a joke. For the record, I am no intellectual, I am not of the thinking it has to be hard to read to be good, but, for me, Factotum read like it was written by a 15 year old trying to imagine what a hard drinking womaniser would be like.