My parents discovered the gateway first, when they were young.
I think all children need to have time and space to dream. Yes, even American ones. Just because a story isn’t written specifically for you, does not mean you can’t relate to it. If that were the case, growing up, I’d have had nothing to read.
The first thing that comes to mind on reading Ajvaz is story. But maybe that is what this reviewer always says.
The lizards were like / lemmings rushing / blindly over a cliff side: