I suppose this is poetic and one of those "you'll get it when you're older" novels. I suppose so. Maybe you have to be male to get it. The whole book was uncomfortable to me until the end. I could and yet could not relate to the nonagenerian narrator. A bit ridiculous and pointless...and gross. There are some books that need intense discussion from a literary, critical point of view...perhaps this is one of them. This one was OK...I wouldn't bother discussing it. I wouldn't ever reread it.