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Return to Book Page. Preview — Factotum by Charles Bukowski. Factotum by Charles Bukowski. 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. 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.
His day-to-day existence spirals 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. 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. Charles Bukowski's posthumous legend continues to grow. 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.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 31st by Ecco first published More Details Original Title. Henry Chinaski. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Factotum , please sign up. Please suggest any similar books to factotum? Leia "Women" Mulheres. See 2 questions about Factotum…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. Start your review of Factotum. May 17, Madeleine rated it really liked it Shelves: books-with-buttons , let-us-now-speak-of-great-men , head-in-the-clouds-nose-in-a-book , , our-libeary , the-face-is-familar , hank-chinaski.
There were times while reading this short novel that I had to stop and wonder if my aspiration to one day be the female Bukowski is either setting my sights too high or placing the bar too low. 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. View all 8 comments.
Oct 01, P. Chang rated it it was amazing. View all 9 comments. Factotum — an employee who does all kinds of work. He wanted to be a writer. And he kept writing all the time and anywhere.
I drank for some time, three or four days. The thought of sitting in front of a man behind a desk and telling him that I wanted a job, that I was qualified for a job, was too much for me.
Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. So I stayed in bed and drank. He honestly told the world what kind of the man he was and what kind of the world he lived in and in spite of anything he became a writer… one of the most uncompromising writers. View all 7 comments.
Aug 09, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Shelves: fictionth-century , class , addiction , booze , poverty. I love this poem about the drunken Charles Bukowski, written by Raymond Carver, depicting fictional? This short novel I listened to, which makes it a bit like a guy telling you his life story while drinking you under the table oh, he always could, and even now, years gone, could pr I love this poem about the drunken Charles Bukowski, written by Raymond Carver, depicting fictional?
This short novel I listened to, which makes it a bit like a guy telling you his life story while drinking you under the table oh, he always could, and even now, years gone, could probably still do it. I was driving while listening to it, and not drinking as I was driving, for your information, thanks. If Ham on Rye is about Chinaski's lost youth, Buk's second one features Chinaski's lost twenties about booze, terrible jobs, women, and drunken brawls. Because of the title, there might be a greater focus here on all the soul-killing, mind-numbing jobs he worked to pay for flophouse rent and booze, almost all of them from which he was fired, sometimes after only a day.
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 the end required—because he was of course drunk—the help of all his fellow bar patrons, for whom he used the five bucks to buy a round this was the fifties, when five bucks could actually almost buy a bar full of patrons a round; well, almost.
Bukowski also worked at Sears FIVE different times during this period, fired each time for stealing and various other infractions. Usually for not showing up for work while he was on a three-day bender with some girl, or healing from some fight.
Hey, I worked at Sears, in the stockroom, for a year or so! Boring job, in which I hid out and read books during long evening shifts. Did I ever sneak in a bottle of wine for me and my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats?
I seem to recall I may have done this once or twice, but you ain't a priest, and this ain't no confessional booth. And it feels like the well-told raucous romp of a million alcoholics. And a guy who is during this time often an unapologetic asshole. But can I turn away and stop listening? Bukowski will be hilarious for some, and too offensive for many, but he sure can tell a story.
How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at a. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench.
It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery—isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it.
And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.
You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is. View all 13 comments. Welcome Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego.
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.
A job that would serve him nicely and won't come in between him and his true love: writing. As it happens, all of them come back with a rejection slip. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.
I was not so hot in the mornings with mine. I was a night man.
Factotum by Charles Bukowski
It gracefully combines the bleak world of the despairing poet and novelist with the droll point of view of Norwegian director Bent Hamer and the distinctly American independent acting sensibility of stars Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor. This may sound ungainly, but the result is a surprisingly satisfying film, true to Bukowski and itself, a work that manages to make the man and his profane world more palatable without compromising on who he was and what he stood for. The voice of the disenfranchised and the by-alcohol-dispossessed, Bukowski, who died in , recently returned to the news when his widow donated his literary archive to the prestigious Huntington Library. Within minutes, that job is history, but no matter. The reason Chinaski leads such a hapless, listless, aimless life, struggling with small-time schemes and plans as he stumbles from one half-sodden situation to the next, is his full-time commitment to alcohol in quantities that would anesthetize a moose. As played with deadpan Buster Keaton grace by the gifted Dillon, who is maturing into one of the most unexpectedly involving of contemporary actors, Chinaski has a remarkable dignity and self-possession for a nominal down and outer.
‘Factotum’ is true to the grit, poetry of Charles Bukowski
Once you realized that everything was a hoax you got wise and began to bleed and burn your fellow man. Chronologically, the novel picks up where Ham on Rye ends. Jumping from job to job, city to city, always waiting for the right moment to to flee somewhere else. Chinaski eventually returns back home to gritty Los Angeles. He wastes his days going to the bar before getting into a fight with his dad. He comes back drunk and ends up being escorted by the police.
Factotum is the second novel by American author Charles Bukowski. Set in the s, the plot follows Henry Chinaski , Bukowski's perpetually unemployed, alcoholic alter ego , who has been rejected from the World War II draft and makes his way from one menial job to the next hence a factotum. 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: writing. 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 authors they publish.