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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Or visions of God? Am I really any better?

Best Charles Bukowski Quotes from the Novel “Factotum”

It could mean freezing on a park bench. Out of my head, I cussed and talked and cracked jokes and sang. 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.

There’s only one scene in Factotum that illustrates his father’s treatment of him and his mothers’ unwillingness to restrain his father – and it’s one of the most memorable of the book. Chang rated it it was amazing. Or, do I perhaps harbor some of the same misanthropy that he nakedly exposes one word to the next?


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And a guy who is during this time often an unapologetic asshole. It was weak, lazy writing.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In contrast, Bukowski, for me, reads like a guy telling a joke.

The myth of the starving artist was a hoax. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. One I have a sort of pre-emptive dislike-verging-on-loathing of Bukowski, which I think is rooted in my post-adolescent rejection of and disillusionment with the Beat writers whom I absolutely adored in high school. When the undercurrent of life starts to pull you away even struggling against it can take you further away You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire.

View all 3 comments. I find myself relating so much to Henry Chinaski. As it happens, all of them come back with a rejection slip. Charles Bukowski quotes are often humorous and heart wrenching at bukowsk same time. And then I thought of Raymond Carver. Chinaski has this new job, he’s a bartender now.

Tell us who you preferred in the comments, and let us know if we left off one of your favorite lines from Factotum. But yet, Fatcotum continued to be entertained, so I pressed on, feeling each sentence flow by without much effort on my part. Knowing some 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. 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. The man could write. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake vactotum cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways. Yet I had to let it happen, I had to let events take their own course.

Charles Bukowski’s posthumous legend continues to grow. View all 44 comments. I suppose reading his novels and short stories is something like staring at a car crash or returning to the scene of the crime: