Women are only of interest for their sexual utility. It's not that the female characters don't have well, character, and they even have stories though every story of theirs is about men, it's just that from the point of view of the male characters they are sexually useful, mothers or harpies. It puts a girl off. Unrated because both two and three stars are correct. With the caveat above, I recommend the book. 1 August 2011This book has not faded from my mind. What I see with some small distance is what I think was the point, that no-one's life is left alone by government corruption. Everyone's life is worse because of it.