• One of the strangest, saddest, most haunting things I've ever read

  • Breathtakingly brilliant, funny, maddening and elegiac

    The New York Times
  • Innovative, penetrating, forcefully intelligent fiction like Wallace's arrives once in a generation, if that

    Daily Telegraph
  • In a different dimension to the tepid vapidities that pass as novels these days. Sentence for sentence, almost word for word, Wallace could out-write any of his peers

    Scotland on Sunday
  • Rich and substantial and alive . . . Wallace's finest work as a novelist

  • A transfixing and hyper-literate descent into relentless, inescapable despair . . . achingly funny, nothing short of sublime

    Publishers Weekly
  • The Pale King contains what's sure to be some of the finest fiction of the year . . . he was the closest thing we had to a recording angel

  • Sometimes as a critic the most important part of your job is to say: here, this is it, we've found it, someone's doing it. That someone was Wallace. He was the real thing

    Evening Standard
  • The Pale King gave me a pleasure and excitement that I can describe only as biological. That is to say, the book produced in me that very rare, warm, head-to-toe tingling that comes with admission to a paradise of language and intelligence

    Joseph O' Neill, The Times
  • Remarkable

    Jonathan Derbyshire, New Statesman

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