This is an excellent review, the kind that presents among argument and evidence to enable you to decide for yourself whether you would enjoy reading the book. I'm not sure I would. I also found this interesting: "... the reader is implicitly called upon to consider what sort of creator would allow humanity to exist in a state so bereft of hope." What I find interesting is how often one sees this sort of thing: Something bad happens and the immediate impulse is to question the existence or motives of the Creator. A corresponding impulse upon experiencing the wonderful occurs far less often.