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  • One of the most admirable and enthralling literary novels of the year

    Daily Mail
  • Extraordinary

  • Superbly poised between the magic of innocence and the melancholy of experience

    The Economist
  • Michael Ondaatje's impressive new novel, containing dreams and fantasy between a ship's, in the most etymological way, a wonderful novel: one full of wonders

    Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph
  • Atmospheric, elegiac and at times, like Ondaatje's most famous novel, The English Patient, unbearably poignant

    Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

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