This is a strange book. It’s unusual that you can read a book that’s over 1100 pages long, and yet still feel you haven’t quite got the measure of the author yet. It deals with the extremes of capitalism and socialism; frankly, I find both of them scary. About two thirds of the way through there’s a surprising turn in the story; it comes just at the right time, when you’re starting to flag a little bit. The characters are well-drawn, not entirely realistic – they kind of remain ‘characters’ rather than ‘people’. However, it’s an immensely interesting and thought-provoking book.