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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Chinaski has this new job, he’s a bartender now.

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. View all 9 comments. This is why I don’t get the love for this author. It was bukosski by the novel Post Officeand followed by the novels WomenHam On RyeHollywoodand Pulpwhich was published shortly before his death.

The bar is pretty noisy, this singer’s all, work work work work. Very little imagination seemed to be at work here.

Bukowski will be hilarious for some, and too offensive for many, but he can sure tell a story. Oct 25, George K. He also worked in a dog biscuit factory, a slaughterhouse, a cake and cookie factory, and he hung posters in New York City subways.

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.

Bukoweki Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s ever sarcastic, cynical, alcoholic and perpetually unemployed alter-ego. Aug 31, Abas. But yet, I continued to be entertained, so I pressed on, bukowsii each sentence flow by without much effort on my part. This second one features Chinaski’s lost twenties of booze, terrible jobs, women, drunken brawls. This review originally appeared on my blog; http: Books by Charles Bukowski. It should be a while before I pick up another one.


View all 10 comments. He did what he had to do to make it work. The emotional honesty that pours out in this book is both heart-breakingly beautiful but also very refreshing.

His lack of publishing success at this time caused him to give up writing in and spurred a ten-year stint of heavy drinking. This short novel I listened to, which makes it a bit like a guy telling you his bukowsoi story while drinking you under the table. By using this site, you agree to the Terms bukoweki Use and Privacy Policy. It’s bykowski credit to Bukowski’s genius that he can make a character and not a caricature.

Chinaski just lost his th job. 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 bukoswki too low. Maybe it is me, maybe it was all the hype, but, I thought it Factotum was crap. Following the narrative of being employed many, many times, failing and getting fired just as many, drinking, drinking, drinking to a sickening degreeand barnacle-ing to the hulls of a series of horrendously-depicted females.

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When the undercurrent of life starts to pull you away even struggling against it can take you further away Henry Chinaski is a great character; his low-life urbanity and alcoholism makes him a great guide into the seedy underbelly.

Having read Ask the dust it’s obvious what effect Fante had on Bukowski. My one qualm with this book is that I know a lot of people who read this and think they get the basic gist of Bukowski, when that is so very much not the case. She’s sort of dusky and short, wearing black lipsticks.

Otherwise, don’t even start. His writing was influenced by the social, cultural and economic ambience of his home city of Los Angeles. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. Suppose he had an argument with his wife that morning?


Bukowski wrote thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories and six novels, eventually publishing over sixty books Charles Bukowski was the only child of an American soldier and a German mother. There wasn’t a real man in the whole shitload. This is also low on the social commentary factor which, believe it or not, Bukowski actually does plenty of elsewhere – it’s just that it’s generally over-shadowed by all the raunchier aspects of his work.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 25, Cody rated it liked it. Chang rated it it was amazing. Why do I like his writing so much and yet feel this strong, largely pre-emptive aversion to Bukowski?

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I bukowsji that if I was driving that i would consider the possibility or desirability of drowning everybody. Chinaski begins sleeping with fellow barfly Jan, a kindred spirit he meets while drowning his sorrows at a bar. It’s the only good fight there is. This article about an autobiographical novel of the s is a stub.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But none of the bus drivers ever dumped us. Henry Chinaski is Charles Bukowski alter ego so you suspect this is a semi-autobiographical novel that tries to capture not only his uncompromising love for writing but the isolation and loneliness he must feel.

His manias, his phobias, his inept attempts at becoming a functioning member of society that lead him to realize he truly wasn’t a man meant for this world This article is about Charles Bukowski’s novel.

Buoowski is the second novel by American author Charles Bukowski.