The first of Louis de Bernieres' magical, tragic, hilarious trilogy set in a fictional South American country.
Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and a collection of poetry, Imagining Alexandria.
A very good book indeed, the sharpest and funniest I have read in
quite some time * Financial Times *
A fat, juicy, tropical fruit of a narrative... There is astonishing landscape. There are numerous good jokes. And, indispensably in such a novel, there is magic * Independent on Sunday *
A wonderful mixture of the mythical and the poetic, of the cruel and clinical aspects of life... I have seldom read a finer first novel. It is one to savour and revisit * Scotland on Sunday *
Sureal and hilarious [...] perfect for anyone lucky enough to be on an South American gap year -- Katy Guest * The Independent *
A tour de force * Time Out *