"You are a dark star in the constellation which forms me. And to fight against you is to try and fight the stars in the enternal firmament." so says churchill to black pat, the huge, black dog that exemplifies his depression...and who becomes a temporary lodger of esther, a young widow...a great premise that was fascinating to me but in the end, i was bored. and a little confused. i think hunt does a really good job of personifying depression...i very much identified with black pat/mr. chartwell...and i enjoyed the interplay between him and churchill. i found esther to be a bit underdeveloped. still, worth reading if only for the images...the finely detailed and original rendering of depression.