• A story about sex and marriage that is as explicit as any novel on the theme since Lady Chatterley's Lover

    The Times
  • At once sensational and serious... a middle-aged man's last bout of sexual passion

    New York Times
  • That this is a work of rare art can never be in doubt

    New Statesman
  • Tanizaki tells the delicate and, in the end, frightening story with great skill...this is not a book you will soon forget

    Boston Herald

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