Another enormous book with Dickensian overtones. I felt as though I had unearthed this book from a gold mine in New Zealand, which is the setting of this novel. The language is exquisite and this is the main reason for reading and ploughing through it. Its sense of place and history is extraordinary, although at times it feels overwhelming. In parts it feels a little disjointed and really dense. One to get lost in, in more senses than one.