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

A perpetually unemployed alcoholic. 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 factotim they publish.

I’m embarrassed his writing is considered “hip”. Suppose he had an argument with his wife that morning?

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

Otherwise, don’t even start. Absolutely pick this up, but don’t let this be the only thing of his that you read. He also published a number of poetry and short story collections in his life. 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 bukowskj loneliness he must feel.

I wanted to love Bukowski. He worked a wide range of jobs to support his writing, including dishwasher, truck driver and loader, mail carrier, guard, gas station attendant, stock boy, warehouse worker, shipping clerk, post office clerk, parking lot attendant, Red Cross orderly, bhkowski elevator operator. Yet I had to let it happen, I had to let events take their own course.


I was bukowksi so hot in the mornings with mine. Henry Chinaski drifts through the seedy city streets of lower-class LA in search of a job.

Once, a girl I became involved with praised Bukowski while simultaneously giving me facgotum caveat about what a terrible sexist he was. 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.

Oh, and there isn’t much plot, not that I have a problem fqctotum that usually. Chinaski’s story isn’t pretty, bu “What kind of job you looking for? The novel, which was the second written fwctotum Charles Bukowski, was published in He is consistently rejected by the only publishing house he respects but he is driven by the knowledge that he could do better than the authors they publish. Barely a step ahead of abject vagrancy, Bukowski’s protagonist and alter-ego Henry Chinaski is the everyman bukowsii the most base of our species comfortable asking the bare minimum of this world.

This article about an autobiographical novel of the s is a stub. May 17, Madeleine rated it really liked factotmu Shelves: And while he speaks of little else beyond sad, failed, alcoholic people, he manages to make it seem far less about him –the almighty, misanthropic author–and more about said sad, failed, alcoholic people.

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. So I stayed in bed and drank. Return to Book Page. But yet, I continued to be entertained, so I pressed on, feeling each sentence flow by without much effort on my part.


Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass. There’s only one scene in Factotum that illustrates his father’s treatment of him and his mothers’ unwillingness to bukowskj his father – and it’s one of the most memorable of the book.

They don’t know how to think! Views Read Edit View history. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Why do I like his writing so much and yet feel this strong, largely pre-emptive aversion to Bukowski? And a guy who is during factotm time often an unapologetic asshole.

Tell us who you preferred in the comments, and let us know if we left off one of your favorite lines from Factotum. View all 10 comments. Preview — 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.

Factotum is the second novel by American author Charles Bukowski. The book reads like a synopsis Sometimes it was a new driver, and I thought, how do they select these sons of bitches? 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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.