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Factotum 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 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 nextCharles 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 Chinaski has this new job, he s a bartender now He s not all into it anyway He can t remember the name of the woman he had sex with last night, or was it last hour He s not sure The bar is pretty noisy, this singer s all, work work work work She s sort of dusky and short, wearing black lipsticks She s wiggling and wobbling, but he s not into her work work work work These people are assholes he murmurs He said me huffi, work work work work work These people are assholes, they re all cow Chinaski has this new job, he s a bartender now He s not all into it anyway He can t remember the name of the woman he had sex with last night, or was it last hour He s not sure The bar is pretty noisy, this singer s all, work work work work She s sort of dusky and short, wearing black lipsticks She s wiggling and wobbling, but he s not into her work work work work These people are assholes he murmurs He said me huffi, work work work work work These people are assholes, they re all cowards , he murmurs again work work work workThis singer s all twerking and stuff, Chinaski loses it He says fuck it and walks upto the crowd, get out of my way he grunts, trudging through them He climbs the stage, people cup their chins, they go all ooh and ah work work work work, he pushes the girl aside, grabs her mic You re fired the manager screams from the crowd Chinaski just lost his 178th jobFuck workhe says, dropping the mic 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 YOU RE STILL MY BOY, BUK. people like talking shit about charles bukowski on goodreads, it seems funny.i liked this book a lot henry chinaski is an asshole but he knows he s an asshole and simply accepts being an asshole everything seems detached and transient, nothing really matters to him, life is just this thing that is happening which he feels powerless to, so he doesn t invest much emotion in the things he feels like he needs to do to stay alive, and drinks to avoid feelings of alienation i laughed out loud sev people like talking shit about charles bukowski on goodreads, it seems funny.i liked this book a lot henry chinaski is an asshole but he knows he s an asshole and simply accepts being an asshole everything seems detached and transient, nothing really matters to him, life is just this thing that is happening which he feels powerless to, so he doesn t invest much emotion in the things he feels like he needs to do to stay alive, and drinks to avoid feelings of alienation i laughed out loud several times, alone this is the first bukowski novel i ve read i understand how people could claim that he s misogynistic, but it seemsto me like he is someone who is extremely detached from people in general, but also enjoys the experience of sex when he talks about women in an overly sexualized way, they are usually women he doesn t know in my experience, i usually objectify have enhanced biases towards strangers of any kind or like, when i see a man i don t know who i m intensely attracted to, i usually focus strongly on his physical characteristics because it s impossible to do anything else without knowing someone bukowski seems to objectify women in a way that is not offensive, it just strikes me as what people who don t interact with a lot of people do, because people are always at a distance he objectifies everything, kind of.i empathized with him a lot if he were alive and someone it made sense for me to know, i would probably have intense feelings for him and we would have sex but he wouldn t be able to fall in love with me because he was too self involved depressed, or he d see that i care too much or something still, reading this made me feel less alone.i recommend this book to people who are depressed, introverted, maybe have had problems with alcohol, disenchanted with people society in general, don t like lengthy descriptions cliches language masturbation, and are able to view life with a detached, sarcastic eye Factotum an employee who does all kinds of work.Henry Chinaski an alter ego of Charles Bukowski was a special kind of factotum he was an employee who didn t want to do any kind of work I m a writer temporarily down on my inspirations Oh, a writer, eh Yes Are you sure No, I m not What do you write Short stories mostly And I m halfway through a novel A novel, eh Yes What s the name of it The Leaky Faucet of My Doom Oh, I like that What s it about Everything E Factotum an employee who does all kinds of work.Henry Chinaski an alter ego of Charles Bukowski was a special kind of factotum he was an employee who didn t want to do any kind of work I m a writer temporarily down on my inspirations Oh, a writer, eh Yes Are you sure No, I m not What do you write Short stories mostly And I m halfway through a novel A novel, eh Yes What s the name of it The Leaky Faucet of My Doom Oh, I like that What s it about Everything Everything You mean, for instance, it s about cancer Yes How about my wife She s in there too You don t say Why do you want to work in a ladies dress shop I ve always liked ladies in ladies dresses Dull jobs in the dull world he didn t care about anything He wanted to be a writer And he kept writing all the time and anywhere.I drank for some time, three or four days I couldn t get myself to read the want ads 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 When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn t have you by the throat.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

  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Factotum
  • Charles Bukowski
  • English
  • 14 August 2017
  • 0876852630

About the Author: Charles Bukowski

Henry Charles Bukowski born as Heinrich Karl Bukowski was a German born American poet, novelist and short story writer His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles.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 Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty booksCharles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a German mother At the age of three, he came with his family to the United States and grew up in Los Angeles He attended Los Angeles City College from 1939 to 1941, then left school and moved to New York City to become a writer His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in 1946 and spurred a ten year stint of heavy drinking After he developed a bleeding ulcer, he decided to take up writing again 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, and elevator operator He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.Bukowski published his first story when he was twenty four and began writing poetry at the age of thirty five His first book of poetry was published in 1959 he went on to publishthan forty five books of poetry and prose, including Pulp 1994 , Screams from the Balcony 1993 , and The Last Night of the Earth Poems 1992.He died of leukemia in San Pedro on March 9, 1994.


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