I think LitB does not fit into pure fantasy, ghost stories or magical realism, although, by reasons mentioned by the three of us, it would come closest to this category. Of course, categorizing books can be an idle task, since each real work of art is "its own man", but it helps make sense of styles, schools and threads common to a certain kind of writer/reader.
It would also be a stretch to call it a "historical" novel, since the history part is highly focused and little developed, only in so far as it helps deal with grief and what lies beyond.
: There is a whole thread on Talk Literature
: that attempts to distinguish between fantasy
: and magic realism.
: How could I forget? It's the one that
: attracts all the spam.
: Any more to say about the ghosts? Yes, I'm
: just sticking with the term ghosts. I love
: that crazy couple. The funniest thing in the
: whole book was when she said, "I once
: made the beast with Sam (or whatever his
: name was" and her husband just said,
: "ah, who didn't?' And then he went on,
: "well, I never did myself, although
: there was that one time it was hard to tell
: who was screwing who."
: That woman who said things like, "ah,
: here we go again" was amusing too.
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