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Factotum by Charles Bukowski
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Jan 18, 2012

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Read from January 15 to 17, 2012

Henry Chinaski strikes again. Although he isn't technically the same character as the Henry Chinaski in Post Office (not a sequel or anything), he is basically the same character on a different trajectory. He lives to drink, to the point that he can't keep a job for more than a week or two. He bounces between maybe 30 jobs throughout the book, usually traveling to brand new cities for each new one, but always seeming to end up back in LA, where he is from. There are no women involved for the first half of the story, but he seems to get more used to his vagabond lifestyle and manages to find a few here and there later in the story, with one of them even re-appearing a few times.

This book isn't as funny as Post Office, and seems to be much more about serious addiction to the sauce. Chinaski goes through very few instances that seem to be positive at all, and generally continues to deteriorate. Similar to Post Office. but more exaggerated here, Chinaski doesn't show a connection to anything or anyone other than the booze. Another good novel by Bukowski, with his unique voice and style. I recommend reading Post Office first.

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