on 21 April 2003
The Reprieve is a stunning, dazzling novel; Sartre's most powerful, yet subtle and complex. In a few hundred pages, many stories are told in such depth and with such tender feeling as to distinguish the novel alone, but at the same time the narrative offers so much more, both philosophically and literarily.
It is written in fluctuating, unique prose, different scenes cobbled artistically and aptly into single sentences, the prose vacillating between many diverse scenarios, settings and characters, providing a quite awe-inspiring juxtaposition of ideas and concepts. Each facet, melded by Sartre's unceasing genius, works in union whilst simultaneously amazing one on its own.