I tried to like this book, it came highly recommended. 2 stars for getting me to pull out the dictionary several times - the word choice is delicious! So I skipped about, reading here and there. The friend who loaned the volume had added prodigious areas of underlining, utterly distracting. After two sessions of attempts to find some part that grabbed my attention and didn't leave me wondering WHY, I decided I must not be ready for the wisdom of the pages. It will be returned to the owner.