I am an avid reader and have read many books I will never forget and have become part of me. This book was NOT one of them. To me (maybe I'm the problem!), this was a shallow meaningless tale where the author was striving for high intellect, but only suceeded in puting together something threadbare where no storyline had any understandable resolution. It was a waste of my time and I will never read another 'David Malouf'.