Originally Posted by bloodlover
That's one of the problems: the pace is really slow until the war starts but that happens only after you read almost half the book.
I understand that the characters are meant to be shallow and narrow-minded but this seems out of place since they are intellectuals and should have by default a better view and understanding of things.
Don't worry Mr Cat almost nobody likes books given for summer reading. I suspect that it happens to everyone.
The war starts the day after the opening scene. It really doesn't take half the book to get there.