I expected that I was going to like this book, but I did not think it would be as good as it turned out to be. It covers its main theme, the breakdown of traditional societies because of European intrusion and colonialism, very well. The main complaints I could see against this book would be that it seems rushed in parts, or that many of the characters are lacking in development. I think these are valid complaints, but that these aspects are important for the story. The rushed feeling is needed to progress through the long periods mentioned within the book, while the limited character development does not effect the story much, as it focuses on colonialism's effect on the community as a whole, not so much on an individual. A very good read.