I still can't quite figure out exactly what I loved about this book. Except for one instance, I didn't find any exceptionally deep or poignant writing in it. Who knows, maybe the translation did that. The book did, however, keep me consistently interested from start to finish with very rich descriptions of the city and very full and very real characters. Not as sad as it was made out to be and somehow it was really quite beautiful. A solid 4.5 stars but since I've recently decided to become a little more cautious with my 5 star reviews, it will have to stay at 4.
"Despite the loss they were suffering, they'd both relaxed - as people do when they realize they've run out of chances for happiness."