Well, I know where the title comes from now but that's about all I can say about this book. I don't know what it's about. No, that's not strictly true; I know what happened in it but can't help thinking I must be missing a deeper point.
Oh, and the nights described in the story are incredibly long - or appear to go on for ever. I found I couldn't grasp the time and distance elements of the story and that made it harder.
It's often called a classic, and reading some of the reviews on the Amazon website now makes me think I've definitely missed something. I kept waiting for something to happen - and it did in that he got ill - but it didn't look as if his underlying sickness had been identified.
Or maybe it's simply teenage angst.