Though historical in subject matter, this story of Catalonian enterprise and Barcelonan ambition is thoroughly contemporary in spirit.
A splendid piacaresque novel . . . Rich in humour, irony and parody . . . Lusty and ingenious entertainment
Rich in eccentric, violent, fantastic, and horrible incident . . . A profusion of bizarre characters, and a fair quota of entertaining digression.
A novel of great variety and scope . . . There is much to delight . . . A very considerable, and an exhilarating, achievement
A large book, written in picaresque style, and full of incidental pleasures.
Not since Ragtime has there been such a treasure of rascals and riches . . . Brilliant . . . Mendoza is a prodigiously inventive author.
A major work, a great novel . . . a satirical love song and an adventurous chronicle that delivers the wonders promised in its title.
One of this season's literary landmarks . . . an extravagant, amusing, fantastic, and moving fresco of Barcelona.