While very imaginatively written, lyrical even, my interest kept waning, hence my epic reader's block stretching to four-plus months. But the best thing about it was it was very easy to jump back into. Most parts seemed set to ramble for pages till the end of times, but that's where it gets its charm, I think. Or I could only be trying to justify the too-long time spent, or wasted, and seeing silver linings where there are none. Still, though, I genuinely enjoyed the majority of the book and reading about the characters, who were about as fleshed-out as they could get. It's not hard to see why it won a Pulizter.