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Henry Chinaski, an outcast, a loner and a hopeless dunk, drifts around America form one dead-end job to another, from one woman to another and from one bottle to the next. Uncompromising, gritty, hilarious and confessional in turn, his downward spiral is peppered with black humour.
Factotum follows Charles Bukowski's bestselling Post Office, his highly autobiographical first novel. Bukowski's Beat Generation writing reflects his slum upbringing, his succession of menial jobs and his experience of low life urban America. He died in 1994 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most distinctive writers of the last fifty years.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2002, c1975
ISBN: 9780863697654
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 17, 2018

Fat read at 205 pages, but you aren't struggling with all that isn't necessary in the overt detail. Excellent book, and when I finish with the next two I'm going back. Charles is just one of the joys of life.

Sep 21, 2016

Enjoyable look at a drunken drifter post-WW2.

Marinetti Jul 31, 2015

Not the best Bukowski book out there ( that would probably have to be " Post Office " ), but not his worst either.

thebigp2012 Apr 23, 2015

Damn good story!!! Raw and unbridled. Bukowski has really opened my eyes to a different form of writing. A Literary Lion in the truest sense of the word.

ericnorcross Oct 30, 2014

I read Factotum in a single day, one of the funniest books I've read in a long time and among my favorites of the Bukowski catalog. I sat down on a bench inside the New York Customs house and blew through the entire novel in a single afternoon. Bukowski goes from one job to another, getting fired, outright quitting, never showing up to beginwith - story after story of a young Bukowski's adventure to find a job he can withstand.

Aug 04, 2014

My favorite author.

theorbys Jun 02, 2014

Bukowski has his individual voice and makes it heard. I recently read some of his short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness and this reads like a novelization of one of those short stories. As then, it just seems like once you have read one or two, you have read them all. I agree with an earlier reviewer that this is raw and a window into an alternate lifestyle, but it's not much of a lifestyle and is soon all too predictable in any given situation. ANy one or two of his books stand up as literature, but I doubt I will read much more of him.

Feb 25, 2012

Spare writing style paired with raw, visceral content. There isn't a hero here but there is a window into a lifestyle that most of us will never see. It's like a punch in the gut in a dark alley.

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