First to note: I didn't finish this book.That said, let me tell you why:This book is beautifully written, no question, and presents engaging and masterfully conceived themes and leitmotivs. However, in a book where one of the themes is blindness, I thought I was going to go blind reading the interlocked passages of this book. The narrative techniques are stimulating, viewing events from the perspectives of a drawing, or a coin. But seriously...at times I almost thought about putting in eye drops, and I DETEST eye drops. Despite my love of difficult literature, and the love I'm experiencing for Joyce's Ulysses as I read that, this book was driving me crazy. Many people will love this award winner, and I'm not saying they are wrong. But this book was just wrong for ME.