I picked this up in the Translated Lit section of Talking Leaves for two reasons. The first is that it was the thickest book in my line of sight, and I like my big books. The top right area of the immense book-shelf grid that takes up the left wall of my living room is easy to reach from my armchair and consequently houses those of the books I tend to want to reach for the most that haven’t been lent out to [forced upon] various friends. A lot of these are pretty thick – Infinite Jest, Life and Fate, Anathem, et cetera. The to-read pile on the table by my chair includes a few more “books that you could use to build a house,” and up until I read it this was the housiest of them all.
The second reason is that I’d just watched both Robocop and Basic Instinct… which were of course directed by Paul Verhoeven.