I got quite excited when I saw that this existed - I didn't think he'd written any more after A Vocation. I love his other three novels, Kafka derivatives though they may be, and got stuck into this - and quickly bogged down.I'm half way through, and have ground to a halt. A mysterious messenger arrives at a port, meets the harbourmaster, is taken home by him, and there follows page after page of obscure and pointless conversation, mostly between the messenger and one of the harbourmaster's daughters. I'd like to finish the book just to see if anything happens, but at the moment feel that I've better things to do - which means anything at all. What a let down.