Wow... the main thing I will say is that the description of the book should not even be read. I had no idea what I was in for. The description only encompasses the first part of the book. Actually less than the first part. By the middle of the book you hardly see the "main" character anymore. But somehow, somehow it works. Once you get over the shock of the pacing and huge storyline.
What starts out as a small heartfelt interesting tale in england turns into a sprawling epic story ending in egypt. And very very political/war -ish. I wondered why in the beginning it skips over SO much that I wanted to hear more about. Big stuff. It made me mad. Then as I realized all that the book was going to cover I understood. The only reason the book didn't get 5 stars is because of that fact. But just as you would get mad that they didn't cover something, the next pages would draw you in and make you completely forget about it. It was paced well, had great characters, was nail biting at times, made you want to cry at times.... there is just one word for it and that is epic. It was also great to read about real life people back then, (to wikipedia them after reading about them in that novel-way was so cool) and to see the story of egypt and england during world war II that us americans never hear about. It would make an amazing movie. It could easily be one of those huge oscar winning epics.