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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Granted, this was the first Bukowski novel I’ve read. Picking the best Factotum quotes was no easy task. She’s sort of dusky and short, wearing black lipsticks.

He wanted to be a writer. Paperbackpages. Knowing some Joes like him, I wish they took their minds of the bottle and did something productive like write it all down.

The story at some parts I could even describe it as depressing.

Henry Facttoum drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class LA in search of a job. Henry Chinaski is a great character; his low-life urbanity and alcoholism makes him a great guide into the seedy underbelly.

I seem to recall I did. A perpetually unemployed alcoholic. Bukowski holds a strange attraction for me. Deferred from military service, Chinaski travels from city to city, moving listlessly from one odd job to another, always needing money but never badly enough to keep a job. She was now probably saying the same thing about me to him. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax.

It’s the s, Chinaski had been rejected by the World War II drafts on account of factotim mental health, and he’s searching for a job. Maybe it is me, maybe it was all the hype, but, I thought it Factotum was crap.

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The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this My first Bukowski novel Chinaski begins sleeping with fellow barfly Jan, a kindred spirit he meets while drowning his sorrows at a bar.

He’s not all into it anyway. I found so many similarities, but I still like Factotum more. For the record, I am no intellectual, I factotu, 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.

It’s a credit to Bukowski’s genius that he can make a character and not a caricature. After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. I do not know for sure. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. He climbs the stage, people cup their chins, they go all ooh and ah.

It was preceded by the novel Post Officeand followed by the novels WomenHam On RyeHollywoodand Pulpwhich was published shortly before his death. The emotional honesty that pours out in this book is both heart-breakingly beautiful but also very refreshing.

Jun 12, Printable Tire added it Shelves: Factotum by Charles Bukowski. This 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. Ha “These people bukowsski assholes, assholes!

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

It’s the only good fight there is. I blew through it in days. I always got to work sick but safe. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.

Bukowski will be hilarious for some, and too offensive for many, but he can sure tell a story. Mar 27, Jonny Gibbings rated it did not like it. Having read two of Bukowski’s books now, I’ve decided he’s for two types of people: Even the contemptible attitudes displayed toward women have an oddly true ring to them.

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And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

So I stayed in bed and drank. View all 44 comments. They experience a weariness beyond fatigue. The willingness to try and portray forbidden behaviours and shock readers is what makes Factotum such a great read. It’s a very factotjm 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 bu,owski and his career, even if the quality of life was so low.

They’re afraid of the mind! View all 3 comments. Bukowski’s writing is sharp, brutal, raw.

I wanted to love Bukowski. I really look forward to reading it, as I was recommended both books by a reliable source. It was weak, lazy writing. Hell boils with laughter.

This page was last edited on 18 Augustat Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.