There's a certain amount of humor contained in the story. What did you think of these lighter touches, and why do you suppose the author chose to include levity throughout the plot?
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There's always humor in every situation. It just takes someone to bring it about. The story didn't get bogged down with sadness. Despondency in a story is so negative, an author can't count on anyone reading his or her book if that's all it's about. This book could surely be a nonseller--there is a lot of depression.
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I think the levity was a survival mechanism for these people as it is for all of us in tense times. When things are bad to awful in one's life it is so good to find something to relieve the stress and these people certainly had more than their share of stress.
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As others have said, the story and conditions are so bleak that Marra needed to show his readers that humor, however dark, is necessary if people are going to live through them. He is also wisely aware that readers need to have such moments if they are to continue reading.
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