• "Coetzee's vision goes to the nerve center of being"

    Nadine Gordimer
  • "Its unflinching sense of loss, its claustrophobic acknowledgement of the unwilling interdependence of master and slave, and its subtle prose-style, make it an extraordinary achievement"

  • "His writing gives off whiffs of Conrad, of Nabokov, of Golding, of the Paul Theroux of The Mosquito Coast. But he is none of these, he is a harsh, compelling voice"

    Sunday Times
  • "Intense, clear and powerful. The promise, so brilliantly fulfilled in his later work, is clear in this earliest novel"

    Daily Telegraph