RaveAir Mail\"Aubyn...has a way of dealing with heavyweight themes with bantam agility. Double Blind doesn’t slug or slog. It jabs and dances and dazzles as it manages the neat trick of turning such weighty topics as neuroscience, ecology, psychoanalysis, theology, oncology, and genetics into a sparkling entertainment that challenges as it delights ... Cerebral gymnastics—cogitations about the big bang, epistemology, scientific positivism, and the nature of consciousness—abound. In this, St. Aubyn can achieve puckish insights that approach real beauty ... In this devourable novel, St. Aubyn is a wielder of diamond-sharp sentences that cut to the essences of family and love, friendship and rivalry, ambition and mortality—or, as he writes, of our entirely unscientific, all-too-human \'world of incongruous encounters and potential unravelling.\'
RaveThe Los Angeles TimesZadie Smith's dazzling intergenerational first novel White Teeth...offers a hypnotic and multicolored experience, transforming London's outlines into an infinitely complex mandala whose true shape is, in the end, unfixed and unknowable … Archie and Samad's friendship is the dynamic engine that powers Smith's tale...but past, present and future play themselves out in divergent ways for Smith's rather feckless patriarchs and their families … With so much story to deliver, Smith keeps White Teeth humming, not bothering to dally amid the book's panoramic cast, Gordian tangle of symbolism, intricately contrived plot and big issues … Smith is already a wonderfully inventive synthesizer of ideas and a master of style whose prose is playful yet unaffected, mongrel yet cohesive, profound yet funny, vernacular yet lyrical.