Dedalus Quetzal, an investigative reporter, is telling his story. That is as much as I know. To give an outline of the story would be like trying to precis Alice in Wonderland- what is real and what is fantasy?
For a journalist, D has a surprisingly limited vocabulary. When he uses his Thesaurus to find words to use other than the f-word, he relates that the other characters, most of them villains, always express themselves with some sort of grin; wolfish, sheepish,mischievous,suppressed,roguish,knowing,amused,irrepressible,vicious, wry, toothy, Cheshire Cat...ah!..smug, triumphant. All these grinners start to get very irritating, both to Dedalus and the reader. And yet there is a curious compulsion to read on, to see if the story does eventually unravel. However I will tell you that it becomes more and more entangled.
Almost at the end Dedalus says " I picked up one of the notebooks and flipped through it. It was filled with pages and pages of jibberish, nonsensical ramblings, half-true recollections of my childhood, pornographic fantasies, descriptions of other people in the hospital, bits of other books I could remember" Did he find the notes for this book?
"How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.
`You must be,' said the Cat, `or you wouldn't have come here.'
If you want an hallucinatory experience, then read this. Otherwise don't bother.