It took me around a week to finish this book.
I borrowed it from the library because it was a Booker Prize winner (1984). So I thought let me expand my current reading horizon and pick up something a little off-beat in terms of writing.
First and foremost, the writing is prose. There are some pages that you can read over and over again.
What really strikes you is the keenness with which the character analysis has been done in the book. You really get to know the characters - particularly the main protagonist - Edith. You begin to empathise with her character. Her loneliness.