• "[Laxness’] voice has a very funny peculiar, refreshing and intriguing mix of comic irony and metaphysical angst"

    Marina Warner, Observer
  • "Laxness is a poet who writes to the edges of the pages, a visionary who allows us a plot."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "An extraordinary book, brimming with little wisdoms, funny episodes, sharp phrases...and a determined optimism of spirit"

    The Times
  • "Laxness was a genius"

    New York Review of Books
  • "Magnus Magnusson's translation reads smoothly and skilfully renders Laxness's dry and quirky wit"

    Times Literary Supplement