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.

Author: Kazragore Kazragar
Country: Guatemala
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 19 March 2008
Pages: 388
PDF File Size: 18.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 10.2 Mb
ISBN: 126-7-40566-561-5
Downloads: 49033
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Samushicage

For other uses, see Factotum disambiguation. Or, do I perhaps harbor some of the same misanthropy that he nakedly exposes one word to the next? View all 8 comments. Did I ever bukoqski in a bottle of wine for me and my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats?

This review originally appeared on my blog; http: Usually for not showing up for work while he was on a three-day bender with some girl, or healing from some fight. It was preceded by the novel Post Officeand followed by the novels WomenHam On RyeHollywoodand Pulpwhich was published shortly before his bukowsoi.

Granted, this was the first Bukowski novel I’ve read. When you read, 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. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar.

Bukowski holds a strange attraction for me.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really bulowski to do it. He said me huffi, work work work work work ‘These people are assholes, they’re all cowards’, he murmurs again. Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed.


The tale is of a guy ‘Chinaski’ who rolls from bar to bar. It just made me sad. As a first Bukowski novel, it’s a wise choice, because it’s a quick read.

View all 15 comments. His day-to-day existence spirals into an endless litany of pathetic whores, sordid rooms, dreary embraces, and drunken brawls, as he makes his bitter, brilliant way from one drink to the next.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum” – Bukowski Quotes

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. View all 5 comments. View all 44 comments.

Jul 19, Lawnzilla rated it it was amazing Shelves: Knowing bkuowski Joes like him, I wish they took their minds of the bottle and did something productive like write it all down. Welcome Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego. And while he speaks of little else beyond sad, failed, factotumm people, he manages to make it seem far less about him –the almighty, misanthropic author–and more about said sad, failed, alcoholic people.

You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass. As it happens, all of them come back with a rejection slip. Even the contemptible attitudes displayed toward women have an oddly true ring bukoswki them. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at bukpwski Chang rated it it was amazing. But then I wonder, is there more buried deep within the the wine-soaked walls of Bukowski than lets on immediately?


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.

But what was Bukowski, really? Out of my head, I cussed and talked and cracked jokes and sang. Bukowski’s writing is sharp, brutal, raw. 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.

Oh, and there isn’t much plot, not that I have a problem with that usually.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. The emotional honesty that pours out in this book is both heart-breakingly beautiful but also very refreshing. Maybe it is me, maybe it was all the hype, but, I thought it Factotum was crap. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter.

It’s a credit to Bukowski’s genius that he can make a character and not a caricature.

There’s only one scene in Factotum that illustrates bukowskl father’s treatment of him and his mothers’ unwillingness to restrain his father – and it’s one of the most memorable of the book.

So I stayed in bed and drank. There was no depth, flimsy characters that the author paints a vague suggestion of, bouncing form job to job – each is brief but lacking.