Reviews

  • "Self-contained, inscrutable, and weirdly captivating, like a salvaged object that wants to return to the sea"

    New Yorker
  • "Eccentrically detailed…Aridjis scrambles your brain, not with high-modernist pyrotechnics but by the stealthier means of undermining the assumption that a novel’s words exist to advance the story…You enjoy Luisa’s company without ever being quite sure why she wants us around"

    Observer
  • "The language is precise, strange, evocative and wise... Aridjis’s novel poses far more questions than it answers, and it does so accurately and beautifully."

    Guardian
  • "Aridjis riffs like a poet, letting each image twist and grow into the next... The novel’s strength lies in its ability to turn to the next magic trick, the next detail, the next sight. Those sights are all the more impressive when conjured solely from language. By opting out of fiction’s conventional prioritization of plot or character development, Aridjis foregrounds her ability to develop images and metaphors. The result is seductive in its multiplicity. Mallarmé would be proud"

    Atlantic
  • "The novel's brilliance lies in capturing so convincingly that state of adolescent restlessness... Aridjis’s languid prose lets these images wash over the reader, unfurling in comma-rich sentences that beautifully render a state of inertia"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Reading this angsty and atmospheric novel was like busting open my adolescent 1980s veins and mainlining the entire Joy Division catalog right into my bloodstream. Just gorgeous"

    Marie Claire
  • "A dreamy, fantastical novel packed with lush description as Luisa recounts her first encounters with the darkly enrapturing Tomás, interchanged with scenes of her new life on the beach, where she becomes increasingly intertwined with others’ lives"

    HuffPost
  • "Aridjis’s coming-of-age novel is rich in atmosphere, and there’s an undeniable charm to its dreamlike narrative"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "A dreamy, wandering tale of teenage ennui and searching, and the pull of the sea . . . Aridjis’s sentences are luminescent and imagistic . . . A lovely, surreal novel"

    Shelf Awareness
  • "The prose is mesmerising with strange and beautiful observations"

    Sunday Express
  • "Ethereal and ruminative . . . Brilliant in her ability to get inside the head of her young narrator, Aridjis skillfully renders a slightly zonked-out atmosphere of mystery and the mind of a young romantic, resulting in a strange and hypnotic novel."

    Publishers Weekly
  • "At once precise and impressionistic, [<i>Sea Monsters</i>] sympathetically navigates between dreams and disillusionment, while preserving intact its deeply beguiling spell"

    The Lady