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Re: the buried giant and recent reading
Although it has been reviewed as a fantasy novel, I'm not certain that I think that it is. It's true that when a novelist mentions ogres in the first paragraph, you're unlikely to be reading straight naturalism, even naturalism set in a distant time period. It has also been reviewed as an allegory, but I don't think that's quite right either, at least not in the one-to-one correlation manner of The Pilgrim's Progress. I think that it is, among other things, a profound meditation on the benefits and losses of both remembering and forgetting.