This book gives up its bounty slowly. And yes, you have to persevere with it. But what riches it produces!
Dave shows us a scary world where people acquiesce in a religion that's built on so little, where society has become rigid and cruel, and where it's difficult and dangerous to break out of conventional thinking.
Is it a metaphor? Or a moral tale? Who knows? But it doesn't really matter. It's just a great read.