This book is quite slow going to begin with. It does build gradually to a climax that is compulive in the most part and ultimately quite sad - but I think preferable to an unfeasably happy ending. I have read a couple of other Henry James novels and have always enjoyed his style of writing, after the initial feeling of having to work at it. The author will very often, if not always, say something with many more words than necessary, but it is brilliantly crafted and therefore satisfying to read. I would recommend this book and was very glad to have perservered with it.