'[Theroux] makes and remakes his own world... throughout this shimmering, kaleidoscopic and very entertaining collection... The smell, sound, sight of his scenes is always strong, even pungent; and, even more, his dialogue is powerfully but also effortlessly accurate.'
Anthony Thwaite in the Sunday Telegraph
'Theroux willingly explores the blighted territory of a failing marriage; the tangled jungle of a mad poet's secret anti-Semitism; the belated sexual guilt of a Hindu... A book of many and varied pleasures; to read it is to feel alert, curious, adventurous.'
Sylvia Brownrigg in the Observer