Read it in a hurry to finish in time for class. Perhaps I should have taken a little longer, because what struck me as a quirky spy novel hardly worth its time turned out to be more, for both my professor and fellow students. I'd missed an interesting parallel with the Book of Job. And certain passages (in particular the ending) did yield more upon a closer reading. Enough to make me reconsider my initial opinion of this novel. What that opinion turned into eludes me. I'm not sure what I think of it now. But it certainly is more than just a flimsy spy novel.

21 April 2009

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