Having just finished it as well, I can concur on the blowing-the-fuck-away-ness. But I don't think I would have wanted to read it earlier, because my younger self wouldn't have appreciated it as much. On the other hand, maybe if my younger self did read it, this book may have sparked this appreciation for a good book.
Basically, I would recommend this book to myself above any other book, although I'm not sure if that says more about me, or about the book. Maybe it's a strange thing to ask, but have any of you considered whether you would recommend a book to yourself after reading it? I think it has to do with a feeling that when you're done reading (or viewing, playing, or insert medium-appropriate-gerund-here) you have gained something, learned something, or are more complete than before.