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  • Quite simply a masterpiece ... I am completely bowled over by it; by the power of its writing, by the vividness of its scene painting and by the stories it tells ...This is a book which I go on rereading

    A.N. Wilson
  • Its whole effect works slowly and mysteriously in the reader, and cannot be summed up ... Cather's composed acceptance of mystery is a major, and rare, artistic achievement

    A. S. Byatt
  • A tremendous, ranging story, economical and distilled as poetry

    Jane Gardam

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