This quote below is from an absolutely delightful radio talk with Richard Littlejohn and the always amazing Will Self. Here is the edited transcript.
LITTLEJOHN: But you haven’t read the book in its totality and you have to read the book in its totality.
LITTLEJOHN: In order to understand it.
SELF: Does it turn into Tolstoy at page 205?
LITTLEJOHN: No it doesn’t turn into Tolstoy. I don’t set out to be Tolstoy. It is a much more complex book than that.