The first time I read this book, I was twenty years old. I have read it once a year ever since then – that makes seventeen years. Yes, for me, it is that good.
I wish I could articulate exactly what it is about this book that I return to year after year, but my words feel so inadeqate. It is just so special to me, magic on a page. The writing is rich, the story complex, with exquisite details and character development.
Perhaps the best way to put it is to say that it feels like home: familiar, comfortable, everything it its place.