Rated of 5
I really tried to like this book. It was like a long, winding discourse on science, war, sex, drugs, authorship and people whose lives were just messed up .. by themselves.
I give the author points for never losing the somewhat ephemeral tone of the novel ... even when switching gears from one story line to the next.
The story is not quite one thing or enough of the another to place it firmly in any particular genre.
However, this would be a great book for either a college course or a bookclub that loves an intellectual challenge.