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A narrative tour de force, very moving, beautiful and remorseless in its simple logic
Science Fiction, 100 Best Novels
A timeless tearjerker
Strikingly original
Publishers Weekly
Unflinchingly honest . . . it will make you reflect on your own life . . . and completely and utterly break your heart
Guardian Online
Excellent . . . extremely moving
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
This is one of the greats: a story and a central character that have stayed with me for thirty years, from the first moment I picked it up
Conn Iggulden
A tale that is convincing, suspectful and touching
New York Times
A masterpiece of poignant brilliance . . . heartbreaking, and utterly, completely brilliant