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Critical Praise

"Lyrical.... An exquisite ballet that takes place in the dark."

——Boston Sunday Globe

"A tale of many pleasures--an intensely theatrical tour de force but grounded in Michael Ondaatje's strong feeling for distant times and places."

——The New York Times Book Review

"A poetry of smoke and mirrors."

——Washington Post Book World

"It is an adventure, mystery, romance, and philosophical novel in one.... Michael Ondaatje is a novelist with the heart of a poet."

——Chicago Tribune

"A rare and spellbinding web of dreams."


"A magically told novel...ravishing...many-layered."

——Los Angeles Times

"Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening."

——Toni Morrison