I've just read others' reviews and I must say that it is true, this book is truly a love it or hate it variety. I first read it many years ago when it came out and it has been my favorite book ever since, bumping A Wrinkle in Time out of the limelight.There are no words to describe the type of effect this book has upon a person...just magic. Those that don't like this story, most likely have lost the spark that gives us reason to be truly alive. Its a story of love, of heartache, of beauty, hope, family and it is one of the rare things I've ever found that allows a person to recapture the sweetness and creativity of magical childood. Just think like Anne of Green Gables. Henry David Thoreau wrote of "Sucking the marrow out of life" which this story does, as well as sucking on all the honeyed language that has grown so dead.