Enjoyable look at a drunken drifter post-WW2.
Not the best Bukowski book out there ( that would probably have to be " Post Office " ), but not his worst either.
Damn good story!!! Raw and unbridled. Bukowski has really opened my eyes to a different form of writing. A Literary Lion in the truest sense of the word.
I read Factotum in a single day, one of the funniest books I've read in a long time and among my favorites of the Bukowski catalog. I sat down on a bench inside the New York Customs house and blew through the entire novel in a single afternoon. Bukowski goes from one job to another, getting fired, outright quitting, never showing up to beginwith - story after story of a young Bukowski's adventure to find a job he can withstand.
My favorite author.
Bukowski has his individual voice and makes it heard. I recently read some of his short stories in Tales of Ordinary Madness and this reads like a novelization of one of those short stories. As then, it just seems like once you have read one or two, you have read them all. I agree with an earlier reviewer that this is raw and a window into an alternate lifestyle, but it's not much of a lifestyle and is soon all too predictable in any given situation. ANy one or two of his books stand up as literature, but I doubt I will read much more of him.
Spare writing style paired with raw, visceral content. There isn't a hero here but there is a window into a lifestyle that most of us will never see. It's like a punch in the gut in a dark alley.
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