The author narrates several "tours" of Poland, such as a rally undertaken in his vintage Rolls Royce, to the backdrop of a dysfunctional business course
he is heading up in a dilapidated training centre which is a survivor of the pre-Solidarity Polish state.
There is a cast of comical characters (rather stereotypical but no less funny for that) and farcical situations arising from the clash of cultures and creaking adjustment of the Polish administrators and workers at the training centre to the new "market culture" they are now being exposed to.
This device lightens some of the dark passages about the Nazi and Soviet
attempts to eradicate Poland which have to infuse any account of modern Poland.
The book is very enjoyable and informative in its own way, and I found that I was discovering new knowledge in areas I was already familiar with.
En route, the author demonstrates a serious knowledge of architecture, classical music (and naturally, Chopin) and the complications of Polish history. There are also some fine descriptions of Polish landscape and urban vitality and decay, and many insights into the "cavalier" aspects of Polish character.
Throughout there are ample references to sources many of which I have personally noted for further reading.
The love affair and career events provide a good narrative drive to underpin the peregrinations of the author, but I found the affair's romantic castle fairytale conclusion with sleigh-bells-on, which is also the end of the book, an easy way of closing the covers.