• "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