I was confused during parts of this book simply because there as so much symbolizing in the book it felt like you were being beaten with it. The book is an attack on imperialism and does it really well. i think that if you understand symbolism the book is definitely worth reading becaise as awful as the topic of the book and the pictures it depicts, it was one of those books that stay with you after you read it. If you are looking for a book that has a HEA than this is not the book for you. But it sicks with you and makes some points that are hard to disagree with, even in our own current society.