Factotum Paperback – 5 Feb 2009
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2Funny and sharp, observant, clever with details and honest. - Times Literary Supplement
3A side-splitting chronicle ... dirty realism from the godfather of lowlife literature - Uncut
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Bukowski's writing style is raw and brutal. He's dirty and disgusting and very graphic. He writes with a very appealing, dry wit and with a beautiful simplicity that makes his prose addicting to read. The book is divided into small chapters, each of them almost short-stories dealing with women, alcoholism and of course the odyssey of jobs from where Chinaski keeps getting fired.Read more ›
As Hank drifts through a depressingly-set America, he comes across all manner of drunks, prostitutes, reprobates and over-enthused bosses. Chinaski is apathetic, alcoholic and amoral. America is uncaring, unthinking and unsettled. They encounter each other with negative results. It's almost like several short stories woven into a novel with amazing ease.
Although Hank Chinaski is the antithesis of any 'do-gooder', I couldn't help but sympathise for this anti-hero. When you realise it's basically the life story of the author, you feel different.
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A classic thought provoking story told in vivid detail.Published 2 months ago by Friesian Chessboard Valves
My husband has just found this author and loves this book. I have some more coming for him so hope they are as good as this one - thank youPublished 3 months ago by Tilly losh
Surely not his best, but its an important book, for all of us, to hear about a man who didn't go to the war but stayed home, in that hollow america what was left behind.Published 8 months ago by Bölcskei Imre
Have never read Bukowski before and decided to see what the fuss was about. It started well but the book soon became repetitive with, as another reviewer put it, the same story... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Smarty Pants
Another great chapter in the life of man looking at the world as an outsider. If like Bukowski's other works you'll enjoy this. If you hate them, then avoid.Published 13 months ago by A E Harold