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Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
Very dissappointing. I stopped reading when I realized that I am at the midpoint of the book and still do not know the main story. The prose is full of cliches that are repeated much too often. A great number of irrelevant details are mentioned about each character and location—mentioned once and never appear again. We are told how tall each person is and how old he or she is, as if this were a medical insurance claim, and then no other reference is given to the age or height of the person. Why was it mentioned? Despite these details it is impossible to visualize or temember anything about the people in the book. There is no cohesion to the events. If a thousand students (or computers) were assaigned to write an episode each, the result would read like this novel. I should not even call it a novel: it is a steady stream of scenes with a great many names of people, streets, and organizations, and no plot that I could explain even though I have read half of the book.