Author: Charles Bukowski
Page Count/Review Word Count: 163
Bukowski’s prose has a lot in common with the work of Jack Kerouac – both writers speak frankly and openly about their lives, charting both their successes and their shortcomings for the whole world to see. Both writers use pseudonyms, too – prepare to meet Hank Chinaski, Bukowski’s alter-ego.
Google defines ‘factotum’ as ‘an employee who does all kinds of work’, which sounds exactly like Chinaski – as a drunk who drifts around the country moving from one job to another, there’s another parallel for beat-lovers to draw upon.
Bukowski’s writing is lucid and entertaining as always, and his prose flows like his poetry – it’s easy to read, easy to digest and it opens a powerful window in to the life of an alcoholic writer. You won’t know whether to laugh or to cry, but you will want to dig deeper in to the great poet’s extensive back catalogue.