“This was really 3 books in one, with regard to the style. The 700 plus pages are pretty much solid print, so it is is very arduous to read. I was bored for literally the first half, nothing happened except to set up the characters. The third quarter consisted of dynamic, technical discussions about religion and politics. This was was expected and it delivered. The last quarter was a confrontation in macro and micro ways as a result of the tensions in the previous section. The change of tone, which included action and excitement, was refreshing. The descriptions of the time period in this unique setting of a sanatarium along with Mann's poetic writing style mad this book a very worthwhile read. ”
Hal wrote this review Thursday, January 3, 2013.