However, it was positively received by some, including Fay Weldon , who wrote the following (which is quoted on the front cover of the book): "This is the most extraordinary, exhilarating book. It always seemed to me that 'the story' was God's way of giving meaning to crude creation. Booker now interprets the mind of God, and analyses not just the novel – which will never to me be quite the same again – but puts the narrative of contemporary human affairs into a new perspective. If it took its author a lifetime to write, one can only feel gratitude that he did it."  Beryl Bainbridge , Richard Adams , Ronald Harwood , and John Bayley also spoke positively of the work, while philosopher Roger Scruton described it as a "brilliant summary of story-telling". 
Like to clarify that the boys mentioned are my own. Vintage of our love life too is like that one mentioned in the write-up with five years of love life starting at an advanced age of 22(both of equal age) and thereafter having a married life spanning over 20 years. I really doubt whether too much compromises all along will make the other partner to have a free run all through and after grasping the essence that the compromising guy will take the separation too in his stride, executes the master stroke. As philosophically mentioned by writer forgiveness is the only cure till we readies for another adventure.