Exquisite language--especially as read by Jeremy Irons.
Lush, decadent, voluptuous. And disgusting.
I simply loved the litany of gray vehicles following, maybe.
the "giving crunch of the damp gravel."
"the juicy tidbit I had sucked out at last from a hollow tooth"--ugh.
I have to give 5 stars in spite of the drag of the middle of the book; what would be tedious description from any other author is enthralling.