I studied it as part of my coursework last year, it is an interesting but unbelievably boring book. The thing that got me through it was http://www.sparknotes.com
which has summaries for every single chapter in the book. I used this for more than half the book, and it has been a great resource.
I liked the concept of the story, but its way too boring. Only read it because I had to for school, otherwise I would never read this book for pleasure.
[Edited 2005-08-21 22:41:51]
"The greatest threat to knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."