I am impressed (?) If you ever wanted to know everything about ceramics, china, porcelain, this is a book for you. How about getting around Copenhagen? This is a book for you. Name dropping? Your author knows the classics, as well as many obscure authors. You'll be introduced to many of them. Don't care to brush up on your French. Not to worry this guy amazes you with his German. So all in all this tale of Alan, an obscure, unattractive retailer of ceramics, has a lot more to offer than meets the eye. It is a story of mutual love between him and a German Venus, Aphrodite, Ashteroth, Asarte, Ishtar whom he meets on a business trip to Copenhagen; whom he marries some ten days later; of whose history he knows nothing (and she won't tell). Alan has an innate ability to sense the past and future. Little by little the author, through Alan's perceptions, hints of Kathe's history, until the bubble bursts in the chilling climax and denouement. But, even then, expect reader that you will have to fill in many of the blanks to your own liking. All in all, the culmination is worth the effort of reading the bulk of this tome.