Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious - and brilliant
A world of stories in prose that brings a lump to the throat . . . David Mitchell has done it again.
Arguably his finest . . . It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win.
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.
Hugely enjoyable . . . the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate
David Mitchell is back with a bang . . . superb
Ambitious and fascinating . . . Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money.
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
Moving, thoughtful and unexpectedly funny
Lose yourself in a world of incredible scope, originality and imaginative brilliance.
A novel which actually deserves the accolade "tour de force".
Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful.
The most impressive fictional mind of his generation.
Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive.