"A magical, heart-breaking story." --Emily Taylor, "Charleston City Paper"
"Sophisticated . . . "The Magic of Saida" is as ambitious and sprawling as it is compelling." --Susi Wyss, "Washington Independent Review of Books"
"Vassanji's remarkable new novel is a magic trick that reveals how it's performed while in process . . . As Kamal relates the colonial history, [it] amounts to the best sort of historical fiction . . . Vassanji has won Canada's Giller Prize twice. This book also seems bound for glory." --Michael Autrey, "Booklist "(starred)
"An ambitious, passionate work about racial identity, deracination, and the unsolvable mysteries of the human heart . . . The retro echoes of Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham play with readers expectations in this decidedly contemporary African novel . . . Vassanji employs dense but splintered prose to mirror the dense but splintered identity of his multicultural/multiethnic protagonist." --"Kirkus Reviews"
"It's a bravura performance, but subtle and understated. Vassanji isn't a bombastic writer; his prose is rich, but never distracting, multifaceted, but never simply beautiful for its own sake . . . [The novel's frame] allows for fluid, non-linear storytelling that brings the past and the present, the recounted and the shown, the pedestrian and the magical, into a crystalline narrative immediacy . . . "The Magic of Saida" is the sort of novel that, upon finishing, one wants to immediately read again, to examine, to study just how Vassanji works his narrative magic, and to allow oneself to savour it just that little bit longer." --Robert J. Wiersema, "Globe and Mail"
"M. G. Vassanji's new novel offers an experience as mysterious and haunting as hearing the sudden beat of drums in the middle of the night . . . Kamal [has] a great story to tell, a narrative that echoes the best-known African-set tale in the English language: Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness . . . The seductshow more