"Barnes’s novels have a mesmeric charm and an air of dangerous simplicity …. [He is] an exceptionally accomplished and ingenious stylist."
– The New York Review of Books
"Gripping … Barnes relates this compelling story with his usual narrative brio, sketching his characters with the broad, colorful strokes of a mythic allegory."
– The New York Times
"Barnes is a dazzling mind in mercurial flight."
– Philadelphia Inquirer