I really enjoyed how this novel evoked Wellington - the weather, the hills, the politics. In places it was also quite funny, although occasionally in a way that feels like an insider joke. The first three chapters were especially good, and I enjoyed them immensely. I can't tell you how many times I've thought this:...not for the first time he wished a serious but non-fatal illness upon himself, something that put him in bed for a couple of weeks but still left him able to read.However, the rest was a more mixed bag for me. I have low tolerance for other people's dreams, even in fiction, and dreams (and hallucinations) do feature prominently in the rest of this short novel.