It was such a pleasure to read book 83, very quickly, because the prose flows like poetry. The author has a way with concise sentences that convey vivid imagery AND reveal authentic feelings from the characters. The subject matter is emotional and can be potentially very depressing — but it is handled with such gentle care that the readers are reminded that although there is the ugliness of humanity in this historical period, there is also a lot of resilience and dignity. After finishing the previous book on the same day as I started this one, I felt like my literary brain was cleansed: none of the messiness of botched metaphors, unbelievable character development, or sub-par prose. This is one of my top reads of the year.