This is an amazing first book from Wouk. Not written in first person yet still as compelling and convincing as if it were. Flirts with the line between telling a story and telling ABOUT a story. Sets up your basic love conflict successfully. Beautiful, wealthy characters. The diatribe on advertising works well. Melville-esque with the chapter title summaries and digressions within the work. Renaming of telephone-instrument-device… why?