I think I'll do another 50 pages of this later tonight; the aim is to finish it up sometime tomorrow, to clear the decks for something like Clubland, or the graphic novel I have lined up. we'll see. meanwhile, Gogol has provided some backstory for the buyer of dead souls, and I was not sure that was ever going to be a priority. I was happy to see it come along. I didn't even know if the book was going to move beyond visits to landowners to buy the souls, but the narrative moved beyond that a while ago. anyway, this sure is a unique read--the time, the place, the people--but I'm in need of something different, afterwards.