the only quibble i have with this book is its abrupt ending. several of the story lines were not entirely resolved. you figure over 1000 pages could wrap up most anything, but you'd be wrong. other than that, a wonderful, magnificent, transcendent novel. not to be missed. run out and read it now. it makes you want to bring wallace back to life so you can smack him for killing himself. what a great loss to the world.