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Anne Applebaumimply retelling the plot or reciting the author's biography would reveal nothing of what it is actually like to read The Earth and Sky of Jacques Dorme. Nor is there anything to which this novel can be easily compared: This isn't a book that will remind you of any other book. Its charm lies precisely in its originality, in Makine's unexpected metaphors, and in his unusual prose, which -- even in English translation -- beautifully illuminates his deep, intuitive knowledge of two very different, very ancient, very damaged cultures.
— The Washington Post