""How do you follow up "Corelli's Mandolin," one of the most successful British novels of all time? . . . "A Partisan's Daughter," although also revolving around politics, history and romance, is very much a departure. Yet it is a triumph-a finely-executed little masterpiece."
"Although Scheherazade may be the most famous damsel ever to delay her fate by spinning out nightly yarns of fantasy and intrigue, Roza, de Bernieres's captivating temptress, is equally gifted in the art of storytelling . . . A provocative and artful analyst of the human psyche, de Bernieres vividly celebrates the tantalizing strength of stories to transform individual lives through their eternal and universal appeal."
"Gripping . . . De Bernieres's mellifluent, clear prose slips through the reader's mind with efficient ease, and even at its most dramatically jarring, you never need to come up for air. This is de Bernieres's skill, and it is a considerable one."
"Vintage" "de Bernieres . . . The author, like Roza, knows how to construct a captivating narrative, and "A Partisan's Daughter "is a graceful, persuasive exploration of boundless storytelling and the limits of love."
""An attractive and completely compelling story about the power of narrative."
"In "APartisan's Daughter, "his urgent, spare new novel of romantic obsession, Louis de Bernieres, proficient at intricate historical narratives, shows himself an artist of the simpler story as well. Not that simple means easy. If prostitution, as so often is said, is the oldest profession, then writing about fallen women must be the oldest literary subject. To make that subject hit its mark requires a new spin. For de Bernieres, it's the smoldering repression suffered by a melancholy London salesman."
-"New York Times Book Review
""De Bernieres is a skilful writer, poetic but unforced, who can soothe you like a masseur, telling well-oiled stories of past excitements, and then just when you are drifting off, dexterously tweak a pressure point."
"From the Hardcover edition."
"An urgent, spare novel of romantic obsession. . . . De Bernieres [is] adept at juxtaposing brutality with episodes of high comedy or romance."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A work whose artistic integrity should be applauded. . . . A wise and moving novel, perfectly accomplished. It shows that no life is ordinary. It shines fresh light on the nature of love."
--"The Guardian" (London)
"An aching tale of love and loss in which the protagonists embody the profound but fragile relationships strangers can build and the pain of intimacy corrupted."
"A triumph--a finely-executed little masterpiece."
--"The Mirror" (UK)
"A silk stocking of a novel: fragile, light--and yet possessed of surprising tensile strength. De Bernieres's mellifluent, clear prose slips through the reader's mind with efficient ease, and even at its most dramatically jarring, you never need to come up for air. . . . Gripping."
--"The Times "(London)
"De Bernieres has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt."
--"The Washington Post
"A magnificent storyteller. . . . De Bernieres masterfully explores the terrible price of love, politics and war."
--"The Miami Herald
""Irresistible. . . . [A] remarkable literary voice: erudite, compelling, witty."
"De Bernieres is so inventive--celebratory but never sentimental."
""Louis de Bernieres [may be] the next Leo Tolstoy."
"De Bernieres has a gift for irony, a sure hand for fast-moving plots . . . a talent for bringing the written word to life, and a delicious sense of the absurd."
--"The Washington Times
""Who can resist an author with de Bernieres's command?"
"De Bernieres can move seamlessly from humor to poignancy and from easy charm to a searing anger."
"Amazing powers of invention. He peoples his world with a dazzling variety of humanity at every level of society and with every shade of morals. It was writers like him who invented the novel, and it's writers like him who keep it alive and well."
--"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution"
"De Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh."
--"The Evening Standard "(London)
"If you like your novels hearty and sustaining, Louis de Bernieres is the writer for you. He writes with gusto and reveals a fine comic sensibility which is captivating."
--"The Times" (London)
"De Bernieres's work encompasses cruelty, humor, love and friendship, hope and horror."
--"Literary Review" (London)