I am so far loving this - the language, the ideas, the characterisation all combine to make a wonderful portrayal of the march of time. My only bugbear is I feel he either does not like women or that I shall have to read further to get decent portrayals of any woman in the novel. I mean what is a line like; "perhaps all girls were in a difficult mood that night", doing in a book hailed as the great modern novel. The humour and irony so prevalent in the book seem to be missing with his description and portrayals of women. But definitely well written enough that I have no hesitation in carrying on.