Mr H wrote: It is a super-long sentence. ... Question: Is the rest of the book like that??
Well, yeah. It's a really long sentence. Could you quit reading it once you started? I don't think more periods would change that. That's the point.
I have never found a short story by this author. His books tend to be long. Sentences are long or short as the scene requires. He's given to the same flowery language throughout. He was extremely successful writing historical comedies but his audience was in the UK.
Mr H, would you mind telling me your age? It might help me advise you on the question in your original post.