• "Her prose is rich, flawless, intricate, audacious and utterly beautiful"

    Raymond Mortimer, Vogue
  • "This most French of all French writers . . . One thinks of her as the female voice of Paris . . . It's as if all the house fronts of Paris were cut away and we could see men and women talking, dressing, brooding, loving"

    New York Times
  • "She has been compared to a 20th-century female Montaigne, and it is true that her books offer a manual on how to live fearlessly and joyfully – greedily alive to every sensation and experience"

  • "Her sensual prose style made her one of the great writers of twentieth-century France"

    New York Times Book Review
  • "A perfectionist in her every word"