'Lives in the memory long after the last page is turned ... Makine's prose is both spare and meditative' Guardian.
'[Makine's] sombre, perceptive fiction reflects each ebb and flow; his quiet voice is unique ... he again articulates the profundity of human experience - no small feat' Irish Times.
'Makine's narrator paints a poignant, poetically charged picture of a repressive society, leavened only by the freedom and possibilities of love' Mail on Sunday.
'[A] poignant meditation on the moments of beauty that make a life worth living in conditions of institutionalised repression' Metro.
'Quiet moments of natural beauty and human tenderness ... This tendency to combine the disparate elements of experience into a single, resonant whole typifies a style at once spare and lyrical' Times Literary Supplement.