"When I lived in Mexico City, I used to hunt more Agatha Christies every time I went to the airport or into the parts of town where English novels could be found. Great reading when you live and work in another language."
"I love this book. Maybe I was afraid of Virginia Woolf for too many years. Maybe what makes reviewers say this novel is unlike her other books is why I like it. But the language, the characters, the symbols and imagery are perfect. I relate to the tension between being alone and separate and being with other people."
"I enjoy all of Barbara Tuchman's books (except The First Salute) and used to buy them as they were published. This is my favorite. I also recommend The Proud Tower, The March of Folly, and The Guns of August."
"Modern fiction at its best. I personally love the idea that all our ancestors, who are unknown to us, still make us who we are. Wonderful style, great narrative devices, imagery and characters. And detailed historical and geographical setting is what it's really about."
"Read anything by Georgette Heyer. No, that's not right. Skip the mysteries, but any of her historical fiction or romances are great. She combines wonderful language, period slang, comedy and humor and irony."
"When someone asks for my opinion, I will say they shouldn't make movies from great books. This was wonderfully conceived, detailed and constructed. The upcoming movie will have to fail at capturing so much."