I adored this book.
Yes, it was carnal. Yes, it was base at times. But it was also such a tour-de-force, such a literary masterpiece, that I felt I was in the presence of Lord Byron himself.
I grew to love his indefinable, elusive character, such as it was presented in this novel. This fictional Byron struck me as superficial yet mentally dexterous, capricious yet genuine, and most of all, real.
I was even charmed by whatever meaning he managed to extract from his omnivorously sensual lifestyle.
The language was also great. There were so many words that I had to look up in the dictionary, and I consider my vocabulary quite extensive, but not nearly as much as was presented in this book! I felt like I got smarter just by reading this, lol.
All in all a really good read.