'There's a lightness to Bail's writing - a gentle stealth in its revelations - that slowly but surely brings the reader alive' Canberra Times.
'A lustrous piece of fiction, consistently surprising and illuminating, full of mirrors and illusions, but with the abiding face of real feeling and deep truth. We won't see a finer piece of fiction in the longest while' Peter Craven, Melbourne Age.
'His works are to be savoured for their elegant artifice ... This novel is not the sum of its preoccupations but an essentially abstract work of art: an invention in the sense that Bach and his contemporaries used the term for some of their compositions' Andrew Reimer, Sydney Morning Herald.
'Few writers anywhere in the world can match the esteemed Australian for stylistic daring ... a short but sumptuous feast' The Irish Examiner.
'Beautiful, lyrical, elegant, musical, often surprising and wittily allusive: it is a very readable and original example of high modernism's delight in experimentation ... deserves to be Booker nominated' The Lady.
'Curiously exciting: one reads in a permanent faint fever, on tenterhooks, never knowing quite where a sentence or a paragraph may veer off to' John Banville, The Monthly.
'Intelligent and shockingly funny ... vastly thought-provoking ... this masterful concoction engages, excites and perturbs with singular virtuosity' Irish Times.