I have said in my review of another of Christopher Priest's novels, that I now know I am not very clever. I just cannot understand exactly what is going on. I did wonder if it was my ill health, but I see most other reviewers feel the same.
Having said that, I do find this story very moving, not cold as some others have done. On the contrary, I was quite moved by events that happened. Yet again, as seems most likely with CP's stories, it is at the end that the surprises come, leaving me frantically back paging, trying to find where the rug slipped out from under my feet. Even if I do manage to locate this part of the story, I am still lost, in a maze, going forward.
What a mind CP has, & the ability to put his thoughts to paper in the way he does I find quite astonishing. 'Bravo' sir.