It is hard to read a book when you do not like the main character. At all.And what if the book is written in some sort of odd Ulysses-ish manner? Not inviting.Only two things kept me reading along: (1) the story is set in (ahhh!) Paris and (2) the book is on our list of 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.So there. I finished it. I didn’t like it. But I finished it.