I wish only the complete first part of this novel had been published, because I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I found the fragmented, crumbling second part to be agitating more than anything. Several times the narrative ends abruptly with the explanation, "Here a large section of the original is missing." While it's easy enough to pick up the basic gist of the plot skipped over by this holes, what made the first part of the book so enjoyable was the interactions of the characters and the descriptions of their lives. With so much of that missing in the second part, I quickly became disillusioned and even disappointed.