It doesn't surprise me that Wood was unable to appreciate or relate to The Buried Giant. He seems to be totally unable to relate to any novel that does not fall within his extremely narrow taste for psychological realism.
On the other hand, the New York Times invited Neil Gaiman, an excellent writer of genre fantasy, to review it:
Gaiman appears to understand the novel better than Wood, but he seems to be disappointed that Ishiguro declines to deliver the genre thrills generally associated with fantasy.
In my opinion, both critics miss the mark. The Buried Giant is neither an allegory nor a fantasy novel in the Tolkien-inspired genre sense. It is a literary novel that makes use of the devices and tropes of myths and legends.
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