This novel takes five different approaches to illuminate the way an outer life is shaped in the world. It is replete within itself, and I believe each and every part links together in an absolutely necessary way. I didn't get it at first. The first part seemed so dispassionate at first. The affect as truly hard things impacted the characters did not seem up to the task. Life for the boy coming into the workhouse feltnasnif the author was unfeeling. The characters put their heads down and slagged on through. Then with similar thoughts, I read the next part and came to a horrific exam of the character's life in a Nazi concentration camp. I was sure he didn't get it. He kept trying to live through it without reacting to the to the monstrosity of where he was.
Halfway through the second Part, I got it. It is life itself that happens. We start with molecules "spun from stars" and revised a thousand times in different lifetimes. And the world happens and we learn who we are when it happens. I loved this late awakening. I had liked the book with its rich description and lucid details from the start. And then I loved it watching the shaping of each person's turn with space dust formed into bodies and somehow made human. I kind of think it was the author's intent to reveal himself in this fashion. And I am so enamored that I looked up and ordered the other books he has written. This is the ultimate compliment from me.
Read this book and let it take you where it goes right through to the end.