I'd like to hear other people's opinions on this. Kirkus says it's "dullsville", lots of reviews say it's extremely boring, yet the movie was fantastic and the book itself often gets mostly glowing reviews in book review sites (excluding Amazon customer reviews, which is uneven).
What I hear makes the book unreadable to others is that supposedly too much time is spent on descriptions and the first hundred pages talk about people walking around town, playing cards etc..
To me the problem was unengaging narration. It also seemed hard to follow in spots.
Is it really a classic, or did it become one by being called one so often in the media, after the book was released?