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Charles Bukowski

FACTOTUM

For John & Barbara Martin

The novelist does not long to see the lion eat grass. He realizes that one and the same God created the wolf and the lamb, then smiled, “seeing that his work was good.”

—Andre Gide

Contents

Epigraph

1

I arrived in New Orleans in the rain at 5 o’clock…

2

I was in a room on the second floor across…

3

I went out on the street, as usual, one day…

4

He was a man behind the desk with a hearing…

5

It was a magazine publishers distributing house and we stood…

6

Monday I was hungover. I shaved off my beard and…

7

We were still in Louisiana. The long train ride through…

8

When the train stopped in Los Angeles we had a…

9

My mother screamed when she opened the door. “Son! Is…

10

My mother had found a job. She was to start…

11

The next day I went back to bed for a…

12

I stayed in my room until after they left the…

13

I woke up in a room. I was alone.

14

That night my father arrived with the thirty dollars. As…

15

I got a job in an auto parts warehouse just…

16

My bill for room, board, laundry, etc., was so high…

17

I had worked long enough to save up bus fare…

18

For four or five days I walked around. Then I…

19

It looked like a deserted store. There was a sign…

20

Two old guys were waiting for me. I met them…

21

The hours at the dog biscuit factory were from 4:30 p.m.…

22

After arriving in Philadelphia I found a roominghouse and paid…

23

When I arrived in St. Louis it was very cold,…

24

I found a job as a shipping clerk in a…

25

We were down in a cellar. The walls were painted…

26

Whenever I went out into the hall of the roominghouse…

27

After losing several typewriters to pawnbrokers I simply gave up…

28

I kept hand-printing my short stories. I sent most of…

29

I always walked to my room, it was six or…

30

I often saw Gertrude in the hall. We talked but…

31

When I got back to Los Angeles I found a…

32

Her name was Laura. It was 2 o’clock in the…

33

When we awakened, Laura told me about Wilbur. It was…

34

By the time we docked, Grace had joined us too.

35

Grace, Laura and I were sitting at the bar in…

36

Rows and rows of silent bicycles. Bins filled with bicycle…

37

She was the manager’s secretary. Her name was Carmen—but despite…

38

We all doubled up as both stock and shipping clerks.

39

Jan was an excellent fuck. She’d had two children but…

40

I arrived at the bicycle

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Alice
Great book, nicely written and thank you BooksVooks for uploading

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