Confusing read May 1, 2015
Although this book won awards, I have reservations about why it did so. Proper grammar? check. Good editing? check. Historical accuracy? . . . maybe. But who could tell from the way it is written? I had to drag out a history book to put the pieces together.
The novel is a tale spun as though you are viewing another person's dream, wandering in and out of personal and public areas of thought in a single paragraph not clarified by quotation marks. Most of the time there is no clear delineation between the character's actual thought, the imagination of the author, or dream-like state among several characters interacting in a surreal situation, leaving you to wonder if such ever took place, or only was something the character hoped would take place, but never did.
In short, it is a confusing read.
If you like reading something and never really being sure what's going on, then this book is for you. It will help to watch the video production along with reading the book. They need each other to help clarify what is going on.