It is a somewhat satisfying read, although I found it preachy and much of the Shakespeare references of little use to the plot. I understand Mr. Irving was drawing some parallels for the reader as well as taking some artistic license as he wrote in the first person, but it was all too much for my taste and lessened the quality of the narrative. As well, he was somewhat repetitive and his punctuation was, at least for a punctuation nitpicker like me, detrimental to the writing. His dialogue was near-perfect, but his first-person accounts long-winded at times.
I agree with his message, or what I assume to be his message of tolerance and acceptance. However, unlike many of his other novels, I took nothing "with" me from this one. I've kept all of his other books on my shelves; some for decades. This one I will pass onto someone else.