It's very good for what it is. He conveys the sense of being a child very well, though that doesn't keep him from writing as an adult much of the time. And it is really easy to see 1930s New York. But that's all it is. Every other novel of his I've read has had some profound remarks about the human condition and they're just not in this one. I found that disappointing, to say the least. He is a great writer but here he is only very good.