Well I'm trying to catch up. I guess the one thing that struck me most in the first 12 chapters is the utter chaos, disorder, and lack of rootedness of the characters in the world they inhabit up to this point.
One can view all daily events as chance and fate and full of turmoil or conversely one can view all daily events as guided by a Providential Hand and in some sense orderly, or ordered, even if still shrouded in mystery and yet unclear.
The lack of control over the extraordinary events that are taking place to the characters is something I can identify with. I am curious how much more chaotic things will get, or if in the end we will see a prevailing order, and rest, for our poor chap Crane.
I also enjoy the liberal references to Scotch and smoking. Laphroiag anyone?