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Factotum (1975)

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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 next. Charles 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.… (mais)
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Factotum por Charles Bukowski (1975)

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4,5 stars

A wild ride, never boring, never tiresome, about a man living the American dream, and getting in and out of new jobs on a weekly basis. It has energy and style like Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.

It’s a must read if you enjoy dark humor.
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  Firons2 | Jan 31, 2021 |
It's hard not to enjoy Bukowski's writing. Like with Hemingway and others, why we find it fascinating to read about the shenanigans of people who struggle to write is beyond me. Is it because secretly anyone who reads wishes they could write? Is this part of Robert M. Hutchins' Great Conversation? I don't know.

Yet while some would suggest that Bukowski is the world's greatest misogynist, he doesn't depict anyone else in this novel any worse than he does himself. His mention of ending it all early in the novel hints at the level of self-deprecation that just didn't seem to come through in my reading of Post Office.

In this novel, I feel Bukowski's sense of dereliction of duty but from a sensitive soul who is otherwise intelligent. The constant references to Debussy and Mahler indicate someone who is far more than the alcoholic bum Bukowski portrays in this novel.

Yet it is believable (I am cutting out my adverbs as I write - Bukowski reminds me of a combination of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, hence my hesitation to add "entirely" - he's either believable or he isn't). The protagonist moves from job to job, surrounded by others who share his sense of despair at the world - a world they are part of yet cannot belong to without giving up their sense of identity.

I identify with Bukowski for this reason. Not so much the "beer-sodden" bum who wanders about aimlessly. But the soul who cannot ever belong but is stuck in present company that somehow can turn off their own bullshit meter sufficiently (damn those adverbs!) to carve out an existence of what is essentially living for somebody else.

I find Bukowski's characters admirable because they give up hope without giving up their freedom. Although Henry Chinaski is made to feel as if he doesn't belong because he is excluded from the World War II draft, he still lives as the intelligent loner who doesn't fit in but is stuck anyway.

But the struggle is admirable. Struggle is what we were put on this earth to do. We either struggle against what we do not want, or we struggle for a better life. Henry Chinaski is a drunken no-hoper bum but he gives me hope - hope that I can live as I choose and not how others choose for me. And that is why I enjoy Bukowski's work. ( )
  madepercy | Jan 30, 2021 |
"The sun was tired, and some of the cars went east and some of the cars went west, and it dawned on me that that if everybody would only drive in the same direction everything would be solved." ( )
  runningbeardbooks | Sep 29, 2020 |
This is the third book of Bukowski's that I've read. I liked it. Of the three, Post Office is my clear favourite.

Although it's a bit repetitive, Factotum is the work of a true working class, impoverished, writer. It is an unpolished and harsh work that could loosely compare to Orwell's Down and Out and London's People of the Abyss, but Factotum has the added bite of being written by someone who lived that life, instead of by those who only visited it.

It won't be the last book of Bukowski's I read. ( )
  StevenJohnTait | Jul 29, 2019 |
I saw the film a few years ago, the one with Matt Dillon. He was convincing in the role of Bukowksi, here Henry Chinaski. More convincing than I had expected him to be. Finally I got around to reading the source material, and I'm so glad I did - the book is excellent. In his pared-down prose, Bukowski wastes not a single word in telling his story of drink and poverty and running from job to job. He removes the romance from the myth of the starving artist. And that final line - wow. What a sucker punch. ( )
  soylentgreen23 | May 31, 2019 |
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"You haven't been busting your ass, Chinaski." I stared down at my shoes for some time. I didn't know what to say. Then I looked at him. "I've given you my time. It's all I've got to give - it's all any man has. And for a pitiful buck and a quarter an hour." "Remember you begged for this job. You said your job was your second home." "...my time so that you can live in your big house on the hill and have all the things that go with it. If anybody has lost anything on this deal, on this arrangement... I've been the loser. Do you understand?"
"A woman is a full-time job. You have to choose your profession."

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"Physical too. They want to fuck night and day."

"Get one you like to fuck." "Yes, but if you drink or gamble they think it's a put-down of their love."

"Get one who likes to drink, gamble and fuck."

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Sucking sounds filled the room as my radio played Mahler. I felt as if I were being eaten by a pitiless animal. My pecker rose, covered with spittle and blood. The sight of it threw her into a frenzy. I felt as if I was being eaten alive.

If I come, I thought desperately, I’ll never forgive myself.
It was true that I didn't have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?
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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 next. Charles 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.

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