This book is very short, maybe 80 pages or so, but it is not an easy read. You need to take your time to really absorb it. It was disjointed at times, but it is a very interesting and enjoyable read, although there are a few pretty graphic part. It follows two story lines, and brings up interesting themes regarding music, control, the relationships between men and women, and on a broader scale, between different countries. It is very poetic and very well written.