The setting and main characters of this novel are very unique, but as all the details were cleverly woven, we the readers just feel as if the characters actually existed.
The conversation between Celeste and Nile during the Christmas holiday was first humorously awkward and then getting poignant as Celeste confided her emotional problems.
As I read on, I liked them more and more, so I got excited with the adventure in the end. Since quite a lot of events of this story happened inside of the room or narrated by characters rather than acted, the last adventure plotted by Celeste was somehow refreshing. And the ending... what a surprise!
As I'm Japanese (English is my second language), when I think about an elaborately structured novel, I always remember MISHIMA Yukio's novels, which are like a magnificent historical temple. This novel was, if I'm allowed to compare, like an elaborately structured ice sculpture, which is poignantly delicate and clear.
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