Rupert Degas did an unbelievable job giving life to all the different characters, male and female, old and young. I would give him 5 stars definitely. The story itself, I'm not so sure. I frequently did not understand what was going on.
I liked this book but was a bit puzzled by the creation of mystery simply to create a book. Still, the book held my interest and some of the stories in this chronicle are wonderful and memorable.
The reading was excellent.
I was disappointed by this one. Being a lover of Japanese culture, I have enjoyed other Japanese novels, but this one was just too weird for me. I'm not a fan of Kafka so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Parts of the novel are a bit pornographic and other parts drag on about the Japanese occupation of Manturia. I ended up abandoning it about one third of the way through.