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Layered, personal, and downright creepy

Elegy is jam-packed with literary goodies. The author really knows his stuff. From classical references to Charon ("coins," Rao = oar, Cherona = Acheron, a river in Greek mythology) and a plot that essentially mimics Edgar Allen Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," Elegy is a very literate piece. But all that pretentious stuff aside, it's a great story even if you don't get most of its allusions. The themes include meditations on death, the afterlife, and loneliness. The fact that the author left the history of the haunted house obscure is kind of a shame, but in the end leaves it all up for interpretation. Excellent read.

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