The idea is excellent and I was expecting more from this novel.
I found it hard to stick with Powys's style of writing, which is quick-paced, uncoherent and fragmented. This lead to me boredly skipping some passages. I couldn't find anything to relish on. However, the points that are raised about religion and specifically the ending are worth thinking about. It is impossible to identify with one of the characters and to care what happens to them. Like in wine tasting, all one gets is a little sip of each. I think this would have worked better as a short story.