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  1. It's a while since I read this, but a few things have stayed with me: the humour and the awfulness and destruction of war and what it does to people. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. I don't laugh out loud when I read usually, but I did in some of the early parts of this. I think the humour really veils the horror of the situation for much of the book, so that the real horror of it comes as a huge shock. By the end it feels like you're reading a different book to the one you started out reading. I think that's a very clever way of showing the reality and injustice of war. This is a book that has real resonance with the times we're living in now, I think.
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