This is a subtle, intelligent, sensitive, perceptive book. But it's also a little boring.
It has some spectacular moments! Tadeshina is a terrific character in the mold of the nurse from Romeo & Juliet, and her makeup is probably the best character in the book. And there's a scene involving Kiyoaki's nipple that's terrifically gay.
This may have been one of those cases where it was the wrong book at the wrong time. I wasn't prepared for something I had to immerse myself in at a Proustian level, but here it was, and I sorta cruised through it on autopilot. I appreciate that this is an excellent book. But...it's also a little boring.