How does Alex's on-going commentary(in his letter to Jonathan) contribute to the novel's overall "meaning"
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What effect does this dual authorship have on the novel
The use of a dual narrative allows the author (Foer) a distinct number of opportunities to interject both comedy and contrast before the two begin to intermingle. History is humanized and a common line between the reader and what is foreign is drawn enabling the reader to empathize and understand. Alex's letter to Foer is light; it approaches history in a similar way to Monty Python’s Life of Brian, and emphasizes color, humor and atavism with nonsensical speech. It also has a vitality and truth which we often find lacking.
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