RaveThe New York Review of Books...true love, individual will, and uncertainty take to the road in James Meek’s freewheeling, exhilarating novel ... There is an infectious energy to the whole complicated set-up ... \'You ne understand allegory,\' says Berna to Pogge, in one of several winks to the reader early on, letting us know what kind of journey we are in for. Meek explains in a note that he researched his various Middle English dialects with the help of the OED ... Who knew? Such are the pleasing rabbit holes that Meek’s thickly textured language led me down ... The sheer brio with which Meek introduces yet another literary convention, stock character, or unlikely scenario into his still-somehow-realistic story is thrilling.