I only read this book once when I was a teenager but I absolutely loved it back then.
Now I almost wonder if I should have kept it that way because after the re-read...I'm just not that blown away.
I know, I know...but the fact is: this book has some brilliant lines...
as well as some great ideas but the story that connected these lines and ideas was just...OK...ish. As parody of the fantasy-genre it worked perfectly well in some places but fell flat in others. Part of this is probably also to blame on Goldmann's "interludes". The idea itself is fun but the execution...less so. They're too long, in that condescending Lemony Snicket-style, mostly bored me and always threw me out of the story.