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Factotum by Charles Bukowski
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Jul 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2009
Read in July, 2009

As I've said before, in my mind, Tom Waits and Charles Bukowski are the same person. You can imagine my surprise when Martha strolls in, a mere thirty-five pages into the novel. Now Waits' Martha doesn't strike me as the same kind of gal as Buk's, but you get the idea. That scene, by the way...freaking hilarious.

I really liked this one. It was like the Bukowski version of a job hunting manual. He chronicles Henry Chinaski's seemingly mundane existence as he goes through jobs and booze and women. The writing is very simple and very straightforward, quite perfect in every way.

My only regret is that I watched the film version first. Every now and again, my Hank would be replaced by Matt Dillon and, let's face it, that's just not acceptable. For the most part, though, Bukowski's voice kept the second rate actors out of the narrative. Dillon could not survive for long in the book version.

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