The book is insanely long, and yet as it begins to reach the end, and you realise it's almost over, you'll be sad. You want to keep living with these great characters.
Sorry I'm not summarizing the plot again...that's been done quite well here several times. I just want to chime in with my heartiest recommendations. It is flat out one of the most entertaining reads you'll ever find. Not great literature, but an absolute classic of its genre.
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