Factotum means someone who does odd jobs, has nothing to do with career or relevancy. These kinds of people work only to sustain: in a sense, quite carefree. Whether they like their job or not, is highly unpredictable.
The book Factotum by Charles Bukowski is based on the similar traits, the story is about the lead Character Henry Chinaski (he is the protagonist) and his drunken journey from one job to another, while not leaving his tag of womanizer anywhere in between. Henry Chinaski keeps changing jobs from time to time, working overtime while being underpaid; and showing the reader how a dull job can screw up one’s life. On a plus side, the character is shown excessively dicey but it is also about survival instinct; survival of a contemptible person amidst his life's existential crisis.
Many would like to ask, in a conventional sense of literature, is this novel with credible plots and characters? Maybe! But the reality is that the person (Henry Chinaski) keeps changing and playing with his jobs without leaving alcoholism and womanizing. Because of this, he really has had tough time to keep a job for long. Each job gives him something new, teaches him something new, gets him into contact with new characters and is taken away from him for various reasons that he cares not to alter. Reflective of the reality of the working class during and after WWII, there is the raw and naked in it often, convincing readers this actually happened. Intrigued by Bukowski!
The book has got nothing to do with beginning or end, well more on a journey of Henry Chinaski. Why should readers try Bukowski? Bukowski was a drunkard. A playboy! An incorrigible sort of person all his life! Despite this, he was a wonderful writer. He had guts to write the truth. Most of his works are semi-fiction. One can't copy him, his writings are spontaneous.
Bukowski has had great influence on a generation of poets. To get an insight into his psychic, try getting hands on two of his all-time great poems: "if you're going to try, go all the way" and "you don't know what love is".
In 2005, with the title name a movie was released. Well, the portrayal of the character failed miserably. The book is many a time better than the movie. The ending of the movie, with background music of "If you're going to try" poem was a thing to watch out.