Particularly, I liked all the descriptions of culture, art, customs and traditions, family bonds, friendship, love story, travel, leisure activities, social gatherings, societal underpinnings; things that are human indeed. Those things are somewhat omnipresent around the globe in some form or another, supposedly.
The style of the author is exquisite and immersive. The 'yarn' or the 'thread' of the story is believable and quite realistic.
On the other hand, the second part of the book seems rather dramatic, which builds up and leads to the expected culmination. Here, the reader is prompted to critically assess the societies we all live in nowadays. Especially, in terms of imposed separation, divisions, 'walls', stereotypes etc. Whereas, these physical or psychological 'boundaries' artificially disregard the human side of the latter process and, thus, could entail numerous tragedies, distorted destinies, strife.
In conclusion, I was intrigued to ponder over the emergent discrepancies between the personal aspirations, family relationships and overall societal arrangements. Otherwise, factors that originally were supposed to complement and enhance each other.
This is an outstandingly deep book that is definitely worth reading.