Member Rara Avis
The idea of time repeating itself in cycles didn't start with Jordan, but then it didn't start with Churchill either. Jordan carried it farther than most, dealing not with years or centuries, but with epochs that approach infinity. It even makes a simplistic kind of sense. If time is infinite, it's inevitable that anything that has happened will happen again, perhaps down to the tiniest detail. If so, it becomes easy to think of infinite time as a Circle, with no beginnings and no ends.
And, yea, Brad, the story eventually makes sense. In my opinion, it never gets very good, but it does make sense. In spite of that opinion, though, I still recommend the book to anyone interested in fictional techniques. Jordan takes subplots to a new level of intricacy, with a mastery I've seen in no other writer. Worth the read.