PositiveThe GuardianWaldman\'s portrait of Nate and men of his ilk crackles with prickly wit and wry humour (of the sort Nate might have liked to exercise with his conquests). Her depiction may be cool and detached but her understanding of love in the age of \'latte liberalism\' is Austen-flavoured, both intimate and expansive. Nate may recoil at the thought but a woman has rationally explained his inner workings far better than he is able to.
Yan Lianke, Trans. by Carlos Rojas
MixedThe New York Times\"...the formal inventiveness of The Explosion Chronicles is impressive and its fictional universe vividly drawn. But one cannot help wishing it were less an operatic allegory of political principles and more a story, animated by fallible protagonists who are not entirely devoid of moral ambivalence.\