this is a confusing, lyrical, visual, beautiful jumble. it's nonlinear and confusing on purpose, as it's describing life under a dictator's regime, and how so much doesn't make sense in that world. i'm sure that if i didn't know what this book was about before i started, i'd still not know. i liked a lot of the writing, but this was a challenge for me."How do you have to live, I wondered, to be in harmony with what you honestly think?"