If I don't like it early on, I feel like I owe it to at least give it a chance, and keep reading.
While there were often amazing scenes, moments of brilliance, and quite funny writing, it wasn't sustained enough for me to want to keep reading.
While I was reading the novel, I felt really down.
Marketa is a lyrical soprano, and has.
I also sometimes had trouble picturing her characters, who can be so contradictory that the I found this book so powerful that I couldn't write about it right away.