Ok. So last night I finally finished this, and, sorry pix, but, for the most part, this is a novel that I could have done without reading. I went through massive patches in the final pages where huge tracts of exposition took place where I rarely knew which character was being discussed (in chapter 20 specifically, due to everyone being either Grandfather, Father or Son, but people being called as much as all three).
That said, there were some interesting points, usually those involving Lena and Byron. They were my two favourite characters, and I really liked the way he ended their part of the story. Also, chapter 20, despite the flaws mentioned above, was interesting in the way it helped to shed light on both Hightower and the title of the novel.
I felt really lost at times in the story of Christmas, and the ending didn't help that in some way. Maybe it was to do with the way Lena was almost a framing device... That said, the end to his story I did find mildy... sad, shall we say? However, parts of it definitely weren't necessary, especially the grandparents, and the guy who wanted to be a soldier.
In terms of the writing itself? Well, it was passable, I suppose, but I had a lot more fun with it in the opening chapters. Later on I found it really heavy, and often confusing, as he would almost branch out from one point, but without enough names or focus to keep everything clear for the reader.
Anyway, I suppose that was the most of what I felt. For the most part I'm just glad it's over so I can start reading something else. Has anyone else finished, or got some thoughts? Or questions or something?