• "A masterpiece, [which leaves] more conventional treatments of the Holocaust, such as Schindler's List, looking obtuse and sentimental"

    The Times
  • "William Styron's Sophie's Choice is a landmark of mid-20th-century American fiction - an impressively fat novel that most literate Americans claim to have read even if they haven't"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "A compassionate, brilliantly written novel"

    The Times
  • "A weighty, passionate novel . . . courageous [and] masterly"

    NY Times
  • "Styron is a writer's writer, capable of setting a pastoral idyll in Brooklyn, and the traumas narrated occur alongside a classic American coming-of-age story"

    Xan Brooks, Guardian, 1000 novels everyone must read