I made multiple attempts to read this book and failed. My most optimist attempt was with a former book discussion group. I made the best progress then, getting about halfway through the book. I think the problem is that I get bogged down at the large array of characters and their related names and just the wide scope of topic. So now I have the book on my Cybook, which means I'll have the book with me most of the time.Eventually, I'll get through the book...but every time I put it down and then take it back up I feel I must start at the beginning again.