I recently read the book and enjoyed every minute. It starts slowly and has a peculiarly stilted style but becomes increasingly intriguing before culminating in a final grand denouement. As Lutz points out, the book works on a number of levels in terms of the way the story is put together and the way the whole novel is constructed. The book is erudite, informative and really funny in places. While I can't comment on the psychology of the book, I can say that I found it an absolute delight.