On occasion, when reading a novel - even one from an established, well-known writer - I come across some sentences and wonder why they've decided to write it in such a way. The simple answer, of course, is that it's simply their style, but one example came last night as I was finishing up Charles Bukowski's Ham On Rye. In this scene a friend of the protagonist has called round to his place. They open a bottle of wine: At first I wondered if it was a misprint, then decided it wasn't. But it still seems incredibly clumsy to me and I can't help but wonder why it was written like this. It's not entirely out of character for the overall style, but neither is it in keeping, strictly speaking.