• "A story of love in a cool climate, intensely romantic and weepily is startlingly different: a true original"

  • "Casablanca remade Japanese style...It is dream-like writing, laden with scenes which have the radiance of a poem"

    The Times
  • "This wise and beautiful book is full of hidden truths"

    New York Times
  • "This book eloquent treatise on the vertiginous, irrational powers of love and desire"

    Independent on Sunday
  • "Impressively written and structured... Above all, the novel is memorable for its unflinchingly extreme treatment of romantic love"

    Times Literary Supplement