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And a guy who is during this time often an unapologetic asshole. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is no other feeling like that.

He can’t remember the name of the woman he had sex with last night, or was it last hour? Perhaps it’s not a bad book, it’s just not the journey I wanted to take at this time. I enjoy the biographies of Depression-era children “Ham on Rye”. It’s the only good fight there is. 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.

Welcome Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego. Even the most horrible human being on faaktotum deserves to wipe his ass.

I am so drawn to Bukowski’s or Chinaski’s nihilism, but his treatment of women repels me. 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 bukovsi either setting my sights too high or placing the bar too low.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski (2 star ratings)

They don’t know how to think! View all 9 comments. Jul 19, Lawnzilla rated it it was amazing Shelves: So we relaxed and waited for them to find out how inept we were. The emotional honesty that pours out in this book bukovskl both heart-breakingly beautiful but also very refreshing. Dec 08, Aleksandar rated it it was ok. 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.


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I initially appreciated how he could say so much with such simple language. A perpetually unemployed alcoholic.

This is the third book I’ve read by Bukowski, and none lack the word ‘whore’ associated with almost every woman he meets. She’s wiggling and wobbling, but he’s not into her. The continuous taking and leaving epi Rating 2. 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.

Books by Charles Bukowski. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. Even the contemptible attitudes displayed toward women have an oddly true ring to them.

View all 15 comments. Barely a step ahead of abject vagrancy, Bukowski’s protagonist and alter-ego Henry Chinaski is the everyman of the most base of our species comfortable asking the bare minimum of this world.

His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. They aren’t thinking men like you and me” A writer who struggles to make ends meet so he takes every job he can possibly find.

Factotum by Charles Bukowski

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. I find such comfort in his faktohum words. You could pick this book up anywhere and start reading and understand what’s going on.


Bukowski also worked at Sears FIVE different times during this period, fired each time for stealing and various other infractions.

Once you realized that everything was a hoax you got wise and began to bleed and burn your fellow man. Did I ever sneak in a bottle of wine for me bukkovski my fellow misery-suffering-warehouse rats? There may be a greater thread of illumination I am missing, but that’s all I have to say about it. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

A matter of guts. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.

There was brilliance in that alcohol soaked mind and I will keep searching for that in his writing. And all of this would be great if there was some point or a lesson to be taken out of it, or if at least the writing was beautiful. And it feels like the well-told raucous romp of a million alcoholics. You know, don’t know what the fuss is about.

How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8: The meandering, the wandering.

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It takes an instant to recall the insanity that no money, shit work, and booze create. I gave up about halfway through. Bookseller Completion Rate This reflects the percentage of orders the seller has received and filled.

More tools Find sellers with multiple copies Add to want list. This is the first Bukowski novel I read – I chose it because the movie version was coming out, and I wanted bujovski read the book first.