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Tales of Ordinary Madness Summary
Charles Bukowski

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Tales of Ordinary Madness Summary


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Although this collection of short stories contains many fictional characters, all of the main protagonists resemble Charles Bukowski. Bukowski himself is a self-loathing alcoholic who hates poetry and pretension. Otherwise, he seems to be a relatively easygoing though often cranky companion, a man who only changes out of his bathrobe on an occasion. In "Doing Time" Bukowski goes to jail for dodging the draft, only to be released from military service because of his sensitivity. The foul-mouthed drinker laughs at the idea, but this is a man who gives money to men who are more down than he is, and a man who, in "Zen Wedding", spends hours looking for the perfect wedding gift for his friends. Bukowski has a tender heart, although he would sooner rape a stranger on the street than admit...

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