Ha! That certainly seems to be very much the case!
Finished it this morning.
Whilst some of it was a slog, I enjoyed most of it, especially parts 2 and 3. I imagine some of the imagery will stay with me forever, it’s very striking. As a whole it feels almost deliberately unknowable and full of contradictions, but the themes of predestination vs free will and power vs submission were thoroughly explored.
Really glad I finally made the effort (only 32 years after buying the book).