I enjoyed this book, but all the allusions/French/German drove me crazy. I had to keep stopping and looking them up (mostly because not knowing something drives me crazy). I found it hard to care about the characters, and I wasn't totally crazy about Niffenegger's stereotypical descriptions of all the non-white characters. And I thought the million food metaphors/similes about Celia's skin/voice/other physical qualities were strange and unnecessary. However, I did like the way most of the time traveling explanations were handled.