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 spiral...more
And then I up and went to a bar, since I was reading this on the anniversary of the Dirtiest Old Man in Literature's passing and all, so I stopped worrying about pretty much everything. YOU'RE STILL MY BOY, BUK.
i liked this book a lot. henry chinaski is an asshole but he knows he's an asshole and simply accepts being an asshole. everything seems detached and transient, nothing really matters to him, life is just this "thing that is happening" which he feels powerless to, so he doesn't invest much emotion in the things he feels like he needs to do to stay alive, and drinks to avoid feelings of alienation. i laughed out loud sev ...more
A “factotum” is an employee who does all kinds of work. This short novel I listened to, which makes it a bit like a guy telling you his life story while drinking you under the table. I was driving while listening to it, and not drinking as I was driving, for your information. The story is a follow-up t ...more
Henry Chinaski – an alter ego of Charles Bukowski – was a special kind of factotum – he was an employee who didn’t want to do any kind of work.
“I’m a writer temporarily down on my inspirations.”
“Oh, a writer, eh?”
“Are you sure?”
“No, I’m not.”
“What do you write?”
“Short stories mostly. And I’m halfway through a novel.”
“A novel, eh?”
“What’s the name of it?”
“‘The Leaky Faucet of My Doom.’”
“Oh, I like that. What’s it about?”
"What kind of job you looking for?"
"Stockboy, shipping clerk, janitor."
The denizens of Bukowski's fictional world encompass the marginalized chaff of mid-20thcentury America. Barely a step ahead of abject vagrancy, Bukowski's protagonist and alter-ego Henry Chinaski is the everyman of the most base of our species comfortable asking the bare minimum of this world.
When you drank the world was still out there, but for the moment it didn't have you by the throat.
Chinaski's story isn't pretty, bu ...more
A writer who struggles to make ends meet so he takes every job he can possibly find. Bukowski's writing is sharp, brutal, raw. The story at some parts I could even describe it as depressing.. (lost count of how many jobs he changed or how many females he slept with) For me Factotum is brilliant.
كتابة الرواية وفق طريقة مقاطع قصصية رغم وحدة النص أستهوتني جدًا. وهي متماسكة في قالب واحد وتشدك لإكمالها. كذلك سرده وفق الجمل القصيرة في كتابات بوكوفسكي تذكرني بروعة جمل أوسكار وايلد خص ...more
As a first Bukowski novel, it's a wise choice, because it's a quick read. I blew through it in 2-3 days. It's a very conflicting book, because in some regards it's depressing to see how he lived, what his relationships were like, but on other levels, it's inspiring, because he was so dirt poor and bounced around from job to job, but was able to support himself and hi ...more
"The bus ran along a very narrow strip of cement that stood up out of the water with no guard-rail, no nothing; that's all there was to it. The bus driver leaned back and we roared along over this ...more
When they call Charles Bukowski’s Factotum a beer-soaked, deliciously degenerate nove ...more
Αυτό είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο του Τσαρλς Μπουκόφσκι που διαβάζω (Τοστ ζαμπόν, Ταχυδρομείο, Βρόμικος κόσμος και Αστυνομικό τα προηγούμενα τέσσερα), τον οποίο είναι σαν να γνωρίζω για πρώτη φορά, τόσα χρόνια που πέρασαν από την τελευταία φορά που διάβασα κάτι δικό του (Σεπτέμβριος του 2012!). Τι να πει κανείς για τον συγγραφέα και άνθρωπο Τσαρλς Μπουκόφσκι; Ήταν τιτανοτεράστιος, έζησε την (χαμό) ζωή στα άκρα, έγραψε πάρα πολλές ιστορίες για τους ανθρώπους του περιθωρίου, τους χαμάληδ ...more
This is not to say ...more
There was no depth, flimsy characters that the author paints a vague suggestion of, bouncing form job to job - each is brief but lacking. The tale ...more
A lot, perhaps too much, has been said about Bukowski and his work. While I truly enjoy his short stories the most, Factotum, along with post Office, are among my favorite books written by American authors. Bukowski's writing is simple and straight-to-the-point, and Factotum is no exception. Fille ...more
Bukowski makes writing look easy. His stories are effortless. They flow off the page like a conversation. And here I am saying Stories, when.. in actuality this is a novel. Charles writes his novels in a sort of short story form. Each chapter is a story in itself, they can be read on thier own, in no particular orde ...more
this story got no plot to follow . ..
you just go with Henry Chinaski hunting jobs , and meeting new people , drinking , hanging around !
i think my favorite character is Jan , no doubt .. am looking forward to read " Post office " even thought i kinda hated the simple writing style or whatever !
یک. ترجمه قطعن نقص داشت.، مثلن فرض کنید کتاب نوشته دهه نود بعد پانوشت زده مترجم که منظور قرن نوزده میلادی است. دا فاق آخه؟
نمیدونم کل این که دوستش نداشتم ضعف ترجمه بود یا اینکه انتظاراتم از کتاب یه چیزی در حد عامهپسند بود و خود اثر هم در اون حدودا نبود.
اوایلش خوب بود ولی خب از صفحه هشتاد به بعد کم کم ریتم تکراری و غیرهیجان انگیزی پیدا میکرد انگار. ...more