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  • 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

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