Tales of Ordinary Madness Topics for Discussion

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Which characters exhibit animalistic traits? What are these traits?

Which characters exhibit entirely human traits? What are these traits?

Does animal instinct help or hinder Bukowski's male protagonists?

Is Charles Bukowski a good man? What makes him a good man? Not a good man?

What role does death play in this collection of stories? Does it remain consistent throughout the collection or does it vary from story to story?

What role does sex play in this collection of stories? How is sex used as a tool by the male characters? The female characters?

Bukowski mentions by name several authors that affect him, both in positive and negative ways. Who are some of these authors? Which authors affect Bukowski positively? Which affect him negatively? What characteristic or characteristics determine how an author's work affects Bukowski?

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