• “A perfect book.” Chicago Tribune

  • “Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine.”  - John Updike, The New Yorker

  • “Surprises are systematically reduced until there is only one left, and it is like the stab of a stiletto.” The Spectator

  • “ . . . [B]eautifully constructed, extremely amusing, and deeply serious.” Saturday Review

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