Book - 2002 | 1st Ecco ed
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An aspiring writer who has become an outcast, loner, and hopeless drunk drifts around America, moving from job-to-job to support his favorite pastimes--women, drinking, and gambling.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, 2002
Edition: 1st Ecco ed
ISBN: 9780061131271
Branch Call Number: FIC BUK
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Fac.tō.tum


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Jul 17, 2018

Fat read at 205 pages, but you aren't struggling with all that isn't necessary in the overt detail. Excellent book, and when I finish with the next two I'm going back. Charles is just one of the joys of life.

Sep 21, 2016

Enjoyable look at a drunken drifter post-WW2.

Marinetti Jul 31, 2015

Not the best Bukowski book out there ( that would probably have to be " Post Office " ), but not his worst either.

thebigp2012 Apr 23, 2015

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.

ericnorcross Oct 30, 2014

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.

Aug 04, 2014

My favorite author.

theorbys Jun 02, 2014

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.

Feb 25, 2012

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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