Moving, thoughtful and unexpectedly funny
David Mitchell is back with a bang . . . superb
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful.
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance.
Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious - and brilliant
Hugely enjoyable . . . the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force".
However densely charted and richly sketched, this sumptuous imbroglio never drags . . . Mitchell flexes his prose virtuosity. More than before, those muscles do the heart's work.
Arguably his finest . . . It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win.
A world of stories in prose that brings a lump to the throat . . . David Mitchell has done it again.
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful . . . a narrative of panoramic span. Mitchell fills his pages with a medley of accents, idioms and speech habits. Prodigiously researched, his book resurrects a place and period with riveting immediacy . . . it brims with rich, involving and affecting humanity
Ambitious and fascinating . . . Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money.
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation.