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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; Revised edition edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753518155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753518151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"1Not since George Orwell has the condition of being down-and-out been so well recorded. - New York Times
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
4Its genius is simple and it shines a wee candle on the life of an aspiring poet and home-relief applicant - Bizarre" (-)

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NEW LOOK FOR THE CLASSIC NOVEL WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY NEELI CHERKOVSKI

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By A Customer on 28 July 2004
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Just picked up Factotum by Bukowski, after reading The Losers Club by Richard Perez. Strange 'cause both books are somehow related. The connection? The drudgery of menial work! The dehumanizing affects of a life-wasting occupation is an underlying theme, mixed with accounts of failed relationships and an overall freefloating narrative structure. In Factotum, Buk recounts his mostly autobiographical adventures as a floating unemployed (and often unemployable) menial worker. He travels from state to state, writing and collecting rejection letters from magazines, and tries to deal with the unending humiliation of low-paying jobs and rat-trap apartments and fragile relationships. Often, he ends up hitting the bottle and, in bars, ends up meeting up with fellow drunks and losers and desperate ladies struggling to scrape by. There's humor here but also a lot of truth, some it stark and grim. One line that blew me away, gave me chills was: "Ain't no women on skid row." This was over Chinaski's anxiety regarding a female drinking companion. The style of the book is simple and easy and direct, and I found myself sucked into it right away. A child could read this book. I also read the whole book in one day, which for me is a first. Definitely pick up a copy of this novel. It's not as famous as his other novels, but as a memorable account/study of a "working stiff," worth owning, especially if you like Buk and his "down and out" view of life and appreciate his humor.
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This book is not uplifting. Bukowski pulls no punches in his description of a writer fighting for success, while fighting a losing battle against his own demons and apathy. Simply can't believe someone turned this into a film. Bukowski simply has to be read as a great American writer, shining a light on a part of America in the twentieth century that is not often looked at. His style is economical and fast paced, and you swiftly get drawn into a tale of characters doing really very little except messing up their lives. Don't read it when your down and alone.
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"Factotum" is an extraordinary novel which embodies both comedy and tragedy and offers a portrait of a truly magnificent and complex character and a past, somewhat forgotten age. Set during the ending of WW2 and the post war America, "Factotum" chronicles the life of Henry Chinaski, Charles Bukowski's alter ego. Chinaski is the complete anti-hero. He's a loser but because he choses to be. Chinaski loses by default, on his terms. If one does not fight he can never truly be defeated. Chinaski goes from a horrible job to the next, drinking as much as he can afford and going from one dysfunctional relationship to another. He's a rebel but one that surrenders before the revolution even starts. He comes dangerously close to nihilism but deep down Chinaski has beliefs. He hates "the man". He hates how the poor and helpless are mercilessly exploited and used as tools for "a pitiful buck and a quarter an hour". He admits defeat, he knows things will never change and he even knows he must play the "game" but what I found to be honorable and even heroic is that he never compromises. He plays by his own rules with complete disregard for the consequences. And when the time comes he faces it like a man! Henry Chinaski just doesn't give a damn and I deeply respect him for that!
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.
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Another book from Bukowski about his alter-ego Hank Chinaski. The semi-biographical stories and encounters of the protagonist are short, sharp and acerbic. The stream-of-conciousness thoughts are reminiscient of Holden Caulfield's own, however the writing is not as refined.
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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I read Post Office and loved Charles' style of writing and candid way of describing his life so I couldn't wait to read this one. He holds nothing back and just tells things as they were, including what he was thinking at the time. You must remember though that this was written a long time ago before people became more aware that sexism and racism was not acceptable, and so to some might not be such a good read. Though for anyone who loves the Beat Generation and has read Burroughs and Kerouac this is a great read written in a similar style.
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