Factotum Themes

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Sex

Factotum is filled with sex. Henry Chinaski is introduced eying a prostitute and then demonstrating an immature personality by masturbating and drawing obscene pictures in his parents' house. His father's shock when Henry asks nonchalantly to stop for a drink and a hooker en route home from jail leads to Henry's moving to rented quarters. There a fellow boarder turns out to be a whore who pounces on him, repulsing him with the thought of the sperm of four hundred men in her mouth, eats him alive, and forces him to ejaculate against his will. Henry's meets a few other prostitutes, including Helen in a Philadelphia bar, who disappears with men for five minutes at a time (an old guy who rides with Teddy Roosevelt requires ten). On a train home from Louisiana, a whore sells herself for $2 to every man and one woman aboard, and calls Henry...

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