Whether or not the story is an allegory for literature and the threats it is facing is for you to decide. For me, the story is rich with depictions of the strength of the human spirit and the way that goodness finds its way through the maze in unexpected ways. The identity of the character whose voice-over (by Julie Christie) sets the scene at the beginning of the film is not revealed until the very end. The final scene moved me enormously. Lovers of books and admirers of determination will embrace this enchanting film. I hope you will enjoy it, too.