Superbly-crafted . . . he effortlessly interweaves many of life's bigger dilemmas: the conflicts between love and duty; innocence and experience; conscience and courage. This is a thought-provoking and engrossing novel.
An immensely subtle study of the bad fit between moral systems and real life
In this expertly crafted portrait of a young man's coming of age, the claustrophobic conditions of his life are drawn with painful clarity. The writing is superb
Yet again Keneally has produced a good book, a serious book and, because it is both, a stirring book.
The gripping work of an author at the height of his powers
An excellent novel . . . It is good on the Catholic Church, and on the ambiguous boundary between priest and confessor. It is also elegant, economical and extremely funny.