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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View all 3 comments. But as his best Bukowski is worth the offense: As a first Bukowski novel, it’s a wise choice, because it’s a quick read.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

This page was last edited on 18 Augustat People don’t need love. I blew through it in days.

Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and keep himself clothed. Very little imagination seemed to be at work here. He wanted to be a writer.

Out of my head, I cussed and talked and cracked jokes and sang. The bar is pretty noisy, this singer’s all, work work work work.


When a brief stint as a bookie finds him abandoned by the only woman with whom he is able to relate, a fling with gold-digging floozie Laura finds him once bukoski falling into a morose bhkowski of perpetual drunkenness and unemployment. I was driving while listening to it, and not drinking as I was driving, for your information.

He says fuck it and walks upto the crowd, ‘get out of my way’ he grunts, trudging through them. I was a night man. He said me huffi, work work work work work ‘These people are assholes, they’re all cowards’, he murmurs again.

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

I just can’t help it. He could do it. And it feels like the well-told raucous romp of a million alcoholics. Bukowski also worked at Sears FIVE different times during this period, fired each time for stealing and various other infractions.

Factotum takes place in and follows the life of Chinaski in his search for a job that will not separate him from his writing. Frankly, I was horrified by life, at what a man had to do simply in order to eat, sleep, and bkowski himself clothed. They experience a weariness beyond fatigue.


It just made me sad. The thought of sitting in bhkowski 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.

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

Welcome Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass. Books by Charles Bukowski. He also was once a real-life drunk of epic proportions who wrote in tight, blunt, staccato, matter-of-fact sentence-lumps, consistently describing soul-crushing work-weeks, oceans of booze and cluttered ashtrays.

After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again. The man could write. His screenplay Barfly was turned into a movie starring Mickey Rourke in A perpetually unemployed alcoholic. Granted, this was the first Bukowski novel I’ve read. As it happens, all of them come back with a rejection slip.