I always try to see the best in every book I read. Some are more difficult than others. However, despite its subject matter and difficult Russian wording, a true and moral character appeared - a man with many names: Arseny/Amvrosy/Laurus. A kind man, a healer, a visionary who carries his grief and guilt in his heart. His friendship with Ambrogio is incredibly touching and sad. Not the easiest of reads but well worth getting to the end.