First impressions after just having finished the book. I think it's a very good book. What stood out most for me was the quality of the writing. I was impressed by this in a way I haven't been impressed in a while. It is extremely dense. There is always the conciousness of the multi-layered whole and a constant tension held between expectations and the actual narrative flow. I can see myself coming back to this book as a model of prose style.
On the other hand the story did drag a little at times. I think the way he chooses to tell the story gives him a much broader scope but at times it felt as if the flow is too far removed from the central action, particularly in the first half of the book. That being said, I think the story itself is itself is also great.
Tale of Two Cities
1000 years of Solitude