I absolutely love this book. What's real? What's not? Is Zod Wallop real? It takes you on a crazy ride, one you don't want to end.
This is a book I've been meaning to read for years. Around the time I was twelve, I got my hands on this book, read the first 100 pages or so, and promptly lost the book.The story (what was happening?), the characters (particularly Allan, Helen and Jeanne), and the prose (haunting, thoughtful) clung to my mind. I found the book many months later and started over. I got to roughly the same spot and was swamped with books to read and homework to do for school. I didn't have time to finish it, despite a desperate urge to do so. Eventually, that copy of the book disappeared from my home. I am now 18 and bought this book at Powell's Books in Portland, OR after discussing the novel with a friend who had similar issues finishing it. I rarely keep books, and I intend to give the copy I just read to him as a graduation present, but I will have to find a copy of this novel for my long term collection,.
The story has been rehashed here enough that I feel I don't need to summarize. I loved the opening, a marriage of a madman and a catatonic woman in a thunderstorm, which set the perfect mood. I read through the book at breakneck speed, because it's truly a book that keeps you turning pages. The novel is a perfect blend of confusion and explanation. The ending, I was a little dissatisfied with. To be fair, I had been speculating on the ending of the book for several years, but I think it's fair to say that the ending is an anticlimax and a largely unexplained anticlimax at that. I wouldn't say that I like my answers to be spelled out for me, but I do like it when the conclusions I come to about a novel clearly match the author's conclusions.
Speaking of conclusions, it feels good to close the chapter of my life that was spent thinking about this book in quiet moments. The fact that this book kept me thinking for nearly six years should be a sign to you all that it's certainly worth picking up.