• "What distinguishes the book is the concern Saramago breathes over his characters; like potter's clay, they are patiently moulded into their best shape, retaining soft marks of memory"

  • "A novel with impact... hope and charm"

  • "Saramago surprises us by bringing hos characters into close focus with his wise insights on the complexity of human relationships and the psychology of close family ties"

    Time Out
  • "There are certain writers who will deliver something special with each new book, and Jos- Saramago is one of them"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "Saramago resolves the story with the same charm that characterises the whole book...he advocates a simpler life based on family and 'the small miracles of love'. He does so with humility, but also with implacable conviction"

    The Times