You have five second to find me a book where a self insert character is a good thing.
It's ok, I have a chair, so I will wait
I definitely enjoyed it. I think Mulisch was a bit too bent on writing an epic, so the book drags in some places and the writer tries to impress the reader too much, especially in the beginning.
Overall, though, I would say this book is essential reading, even more so if you're Dutch. The prose is incredible at times and the story continues to surprise. On top of that, the friendship between Max and Onno is without a doubt one of the most memorable fictional relationships that I have read about.
TDOH is so much better than The Assault. This is Mulisch's magnum opus. Try to read the first part, at the very least. It's worth it.
Hawthorne Abendsen is Philip k. Dick