The book is not very descriptive - never mind the surroundings, not even of the buildings or the people who inhabit them. This economy seems part of the style of the writer so that everything is sparse and bare.
I would not call this a riveting read. I wanted to read it as part of my reading authors who are considered "must reads". I am not giving up on this author however and will go on to read his other books. Hopefully something exciting is going to turn up. This book was just so-so.