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  • One of the most important American novels of the twentieth century

  • A brilliant individual victory . . . proving that a truly heroic quality can exist among our contemporaries

    Saul Bellow
  • A stunning block-buster of a book that will floor and flabbergast some people, bedevil and intrigue others, and keep everybody reading right through to its explosive end

    Langston Hughes
  • Don't try to write the Great American Novel, it has already been done . . . any US epic must address race, which remains the greatest single issue the country faces.

    Paul Gambaccini, The Week

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