"A very enjoyable bildungsroman. It checks off each of the classical requirements for the genre, while not seeming to do it at all--or at least so subtly that one doesn't notice. Read it for the literary experience, or because you love giraffes, or..."
"The copy I got had unbelievable small print--as if the whole thing was made on a copier set to reduce by 50%. The story--although a historical story--seemed so dated it was hard to concentrate. Did people really talk like that 90 years ago? Hard t..."