Read this book on the recommendation of a good friend. As I read the book I kept thinking of how to write a review of it because I was so conflicted about whether I like it. The language was beautiful. The descriptions were long but beautiful. What disturbed me was the characters and the plot. Harry and Catherine were too perfect, and why didn't Harry take care of the bad guys earlier. The descriptions of war were haunting--Halprin must have been there. Worth the read even at 700 pages.