This is the best book I have read in months. The prose is elegant and sophisticated, and the characters are described in a subtle, imaginative way. The fact that the book is so long allows the reader to become a part of the story, and become attached to the main characters. I think the fact that the story or people's lives are suddenly changed by coincidence or accident is a good idea, and instils in you the feelings of the characters. Definitely worth a read.