Gauging my thoughts about this book was difficult, especially as I was reading it. It was slow to start and I felt lost at times. After finishing it,Gauging my thoughts about this book was difficult, especially as I was reading it. It was slow to start and I felt lost at times. After finishing it, however, I felt an almost inexplicable satisfaction. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it was that made me love this book, but it most certainly deserves a five. Nevertheless, here's my attempt to pinpoint what I loved about it:
The book showcases magic realism at its finest. The blend between the realistic and the fantastic was seamless. Although some scenes did seem quite "out there," they weren't so shocking as to make me stop reading. These fantastic scenes reveal that something larger is at play here, and that all the characters are slowly but surely getting at this larger, more fantastic aspect of the story. It almost felt like a whirlpool - all the characters are caught up in this mysterious tide and are headed full speed toward the even more enigmatic center.
There are still some parts of the story I don't understand. I have to think about this novel for a while. Yet, even though some of the story's symbols were a bit over my head, the majority were easy to follow. The characters themselves analyze these symbols, which is reassuring. They were just as lost as I was at some parts.
All in all, this was the most original work I have read in a long while. I failed to predict where the plot was going. Which was fine. As unpredictable as it was, it felt as if it were being guided along by the hands of a master storyteller.