In what time and place does Roald Dahl's The BFG take place ?

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The BFG takes place primarily in England and Giant Country, in modern times.

In England, the story begins in the orphanage where Sophie lives, and she and the BFG later travel to London to visit the Queen. By the end of the story, they both live in Windsor Park.

There are anecdotal accounts of the man-eating giants traveling all over the world as well, such as to Sweden and Turkey, although Sophie and the BFG do not actually go to these places.

After the BFG abducts Sophie, much of the action in Giant Country simply takes place in his cave in the side of a moutain. He also takes Sophie to Dream Country, although this is more of a quick side-trip that elaborates on the BFG's job of spreading dreams.

The story takes place in modern times, although a specific year is never mentioned. However we can deduce this through the appearance of technologies like the telephone and helicopter, and the giant's mention of airplanes and bombs.

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