I had wanted to read this book for years, and I suppose the passage of time increased the height of the pedestal of expectation upon which I placed it. While I can't say that I am entirely disappointed, I can't say that it wow-ed me either. Personally, I found the work to be pregnant with implied pathos, but it remained pretty much that way -- implied. The characters seems to struggle massively with decisions and consequences of those decisions -- (rinse and repeat) -- so in all, it seemed like reading a very great wheel of mental and emotional suffering and anguish. The peaks and valleys in the plot were more like bumps on the road, and in spite of a few bright spots, elicited more wincing from me than the enjoyment of a smooth literary ride.