I'm reading this slowly, savoring the leisurely and subtle prose and enjoying the understated humor. I did have at least one LOL moment, though, with this description of a Eurasian:
his face, to which the Ruling Race had contributed little beyond bad teeth
Shades of the Simpsons and The Big Book of British Smiles
I have issues as well as appreciations which I will save for the discussion, but this has been well worth the re-read.