I was dragged deeply into the chaotic mindset of the protagonist Thomas Skelton in the book, identifying strongly with the youthful desire for fulfilling a career dream, no matter how offbeat. I found the story to be much more strongly constructed than the previous novel of McGuane's I've read, Panama. While I liked Panama for its dream sequences and derailing of any sort of generic plotlines, I was surprised to find myself clinging to the Dance/Skelton/Carter main storyline and thrown off by the sub-plots. Kind of an opposite reaction with this second novel of his. (I am looking forward to my third McGuane novel, Keep the Change.) I found the segements with Skelton's grandfather particularly confusing. Not an easy read, but very rewarding.