• "An irresistible blend of shrewd detail and lyrical fantasy... A seductive novel that needs to be savoured"

    Helen Dunmore, Observer
  • "An invitation to one of the richest bodies of work by a living writer"

    Amanda Hopkinson, New Statesman
  • "Jose Saramago's brilliant magical realism of a sort that stirs real wonder"

    James Park, Time Out
  • "Saramago's lovely and original questing story, in a lineage of others such as Don Quixote and Kipling's Kim, is a journey of the spirit told as a journey of the feet"

    Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
  • "Tremendous wit is always apparent in his imaginative conceits, comic digression and verbal and narrative games"

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times