@AlexanderTG the EG/oliver spencer thing really suits you, the rustic fabrics in particular would work well with your slightly more weathered (in a good way!) face. i can see why you're drawn to the SLP rocker image but in terms of pure aesthetics i much prefer this
[[SPOILER]] i read this years and years ago, as you say perhaps the best parts were the moments of action counterbalanced with a kind of non-psychological reflection. but to address your other point, perhaps the rambling nature of the narrative is simply down to the fact that i think the novel was not known in Russia adn this was one of the earliest attempts?