Yes, can you believe it? I have finished it! Yay me. And it only took about two months (compared to six months with Ulysses, a novel about 400 pages shorter).
Did I love it? I can’t say that I did — I think it’s one of those novels that you need to re-read to fully appreciate — but I certainly liked it. It’s not a book that one can just pick up and read a few pages here and there (at least I couldn’t), so it does require a time commitment, but I think it is worth it. The last part of the epilogue is a really dry (REALLY) essay on the significance on history of man’s will (at least I think that is what it was about, my eyes glazed over once in a while), but the novel as a whole held my interest.
People far more intelligent and articulate than I have talked about this book, so I won’t make an attempt. My classics reading group will be discussing this on Wednesday, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the others felt about it.