• "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