It wasn’t a bad read, but I never really felt connected to any of the characters. The narration seemed to hold the reader at a distance. When I put it down, there was no compulsion to get back to it, other than a stubbornness to finish. And yet, it wasn’t a bad story. It certainly has some strong themes — mostly the search for yourself — and it a nice period piece, though typically depressing pretty much throughout. If you’re required to read a classic for school, you could do worse than this one.