The characters and central focus of this book (life moves, times change, ideologies corrupt) are brilliant, and it is cleverly and carefully written. At times the berating of ideology seems a bit too heavy-handed, even if it is easy to agree with the criticisms from the perspective of the novel. Recommended to politicos (like myself) as a worthy criticism of the danger of collective ideas versus the reality of life.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published Dec. 24, 2002 by Harper Perennial.