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The book’s considerations of just a few of the challenges facing military service people are developed in a language that is both scientifically explicit and conversationally engaging, with frequent present-tense narration accompanied by interjections of sardonic humor and occasional glimpses of somewhat deeper, emotionally resonant contemplations of what it means to be a soldier … or, in several cases, what it means to be someone who works to both keep soldiers alive, and honor their sacrifice when they are dead.
Reviewers often comment about how funny Mary Roach is, and how this makes her scientific writing particularly effective. What role does humor play in writing about things that aren't immediately humorous? What benefits do you see? What downfalls might result?
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