• A love story of charm and substance, brimming over with ideas, yet anchored in emotional truth. The plot is as labyrinthine as any by Umberto Eco... Extremely witty... Dip into this book at random and the chances are it will sit up and bite you like a rattlesnake

    Sunday Telegraph
  • The most lavishly ambitious American novel since Gravity's Rainbow... An outright marvel

    Washington Post
  • The Gold Bug Variations has everything... Stunning... Almost every sentence is a heroic tour de force... The joy to be taken in reading the book is, like the pleasure of studying crystal multiplication, in seeing a pattern swarm mosaically over everything, watching a stencil laid over life

    New York Times
  • Powers has triumphantly restored...the philosophical novel


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