Rather incoherent beginning, perhaps not enough basic background. The characters seem disconnected until about 1/3 into the book. Rather spaced out and difficult to follow as a story with its broken images and individual break away glimpses to begin with. Eventually it all falls into place, but its convenient character changes at the end mar what could have been a good ending. For all its commendable historical research and effort, this is a rather doubtful book held together only by slow development of inevitable characters.