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  • A beautiful writer and an unforgettable book.

    Salman Rushdie
  • A character who might have been created by Dostoevsky.

  • A picture of a lost soul emerges that is mysteriously authentic and unique as a work of art.

  • A hauntingly powerful story.

    New York Times
  • A notable study of paranoia, remarkable for its psychological insight and the restraint of its climax.

    The Guardian
  • The prose style is graceful, old-fashioned, almost Latinate. The dialogue on the other hand, is pure Guyanese vernacular, and the gap between the two, between the sense of distance in the prose and intimacy in the dialogue, makes the novel chilling and tense and deeply original.

    Colm Tóibín and Carmen Callil, ‘200 Best Novels in English since 1950’, The Modern Library

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