On first reading this novel the seemingly disparate plot lines are a little confusing. But links between the many diverse characters gradually become clear as the story progresses. This is a challenging read but worth the perseverance due to well formed characters and a highly original plot. The book stayed with me long after I'd turned the last page.
When he did, they were still there, of course. And his father, from whom help might have come, was not.
He saw himself standing, with his back to the death-bed, staring out into the night. He saw the pitiful shaking boy, and he saw himself. That is, his present self inhabited that memory.