This is serious reading here. Almost 700 pages of it. If you're interested in the history and progress of psychiatry and lunatic asylums from the late 1800's, with a story of friendship woven in – then jump right into this one. I think the war will become involved soon. It's pretty interesting actually and I haven't skipped over any yet. And I must add that reading is much better with my upgraded glasses. When I first put them on it looked as if I'd borrowed one of those books from the library that are in large print.