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Why do you think the author chose the distinctive style of language in which this book is written. In your view, what are the pros and cons of writing a novel in a particular dialect?

The author leaves many questions unanswered, including what happens to Sammy after his escape. Discuss the various open endings and your views on the effectiveness of this writing technique.

Describe the various types of relationships that are portrayed in the novel. What are the similarities and differences between them?

Discuss the character of Ally and the role that he plays in the story.

Discuss the way in which blindness is portrayed in the novel. Why do you think the author chose to make Sammy blind?

Discuss the similarities and differences between the police treatment of Sammy and the treatment that he receives from the DSS officials.

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