Jarring as it may be, the protagonist of this book is you. Yep—you. It can be difficult to recognize this at first, and truth be told, it might even benefit you to know this before you start reading the book. But that said, it's important to remember that the "you" to whom this book refers isn't necessarily you as an individual. It's a male bachelor who has reached a certain age, and who goes on a quest to win the heart of a woman named Ludmilla and to finish the stories he's begun to read. Way to be a hero, Shmooper.