Try as I might, I just could not get into this book. The writing is quite beautiful and sophisticated and while I'm an intelligent person, I just could not follow it. I started reading it then gave up temporarily then I started reading it again and I just couldn't do it. I had trouble keeping up with the story line and found that if my mind wandered at all while I was reading, I would be totally lost. I am NOT one to stop reading books that I have started but with an entire "to be read" shelf waiting for me, I finally decided to give up.