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  • A work of imaginative energy and passionate honesty

    The Times
  • An instant masterpiece. It is a tour de force of stamina and subtlety

    Daily Telegraph
  • A descriptive writer of great power

  • I find it disastrous to read any of John Fowles' books - once I pick one up, I cannot put it down so everything else gets ignored!

    Daily Express
  • It is filled with beguiling dramatic set-pieces - scenes from the protagonist's Devon childhood, a romantic idyll with a neighboring farm girl, a gently satirical send-up of Hollywood hedonism, some marvelous travel-writing about Egypt and Syria... An old-fashioned novel in the sense that one can enter and live in it

    New York Times

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