Charles Bukowski Writing Styles in Ham on Rye

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Point of View

The story is written in the first person from Henry's point of view. The perspective is completely limited to Henry's sights, thoughts, and ideas. While this is not unusual, the perspective is even more limited by the fact that Henry doesn't often explain himself. There are many details left to the reader's interpretation. For example, Henry's father throws Henry's manuscripts out, saying that Henry couldn't live under his roof after writing such stories. Henry is naturally angry and says that the manuscripts were the one thing his father shouldn't have had the right to touch. He also says that his father went snooping through his personal belongings and got burned. However, the subject of the manuscripts is left to the imagination of the reader. Henry had previously written stories about a German pilot who carried on many daring adventures, but those were written in a notebook...

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