Why did I not like this?
All my favourite elements were there: time-jumping, plot-packing, magical realism... But I don't understand the consequence of this novel (that was a fancy way of saying I didn't get it).
It appeared important to the style of the book that magic, situations and characters could be plucked out of thin air and introduced into the story, which in any other book would be frowned upon. Why? Because it's frustrating and puts numerous obstacles between the foreshadowing that should be going on and the reader's fun of guessing where the story's going next, which was exactly the effect I felt when reading this book.
Do I appreciate its literary value? I'd have to understand its value first to then appreciate it, so I'll say no.