"A slim, haunting work of poignancy and near perfection."
-- "Globe and Mail
'"The Quarry proves that he has the talent to grow into one of South Africa's great literary voices, alongside its Nobel laureates, Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee.'
'As he proved amply in last year's superb "The Good Doctor, Galgut is a writer of immense clarity and control. His prose feels as if it's been fired through a crucible, burning away all the comfortable excess until only a hard, concentrated purity remains.... There are thrilling images here, powerful themes and almost scarily precise writing. With J.M. Coetzee, Andre Brink, Nadine Gordimer and this year's Booker-shortlisted Achmat Dangor, Galgut is at the leading edge of what is turning out to be a brilliant documentation of South Africa's post-apartheid transition.'
'We not only read the narrative, but seem to be participating in the headlong rush of events.... A minor masterpiece. "The Quarry is told in clear prose where every word counts and the plot and characters are utterly compelling.... This is a truly fine start to any novel, on a par with the vivid intensity at the beginning of William Faulkner's "Sanctuary.'
'An equally uncompromising journey into the heart of South Africa's darkness, written in prose that is at once stark and striking.... "The Quarry is Galgut's homage to Dostoevsky.... An impressive work and a disturbing reiteration of Galgut's belief that while the institutions of his country's government may have changed, the hearts and minds of its people have not.'
'An extremely atmospheric book in a hazy, raw and entirelyrealistic sense.... Galgut's story suggests that such points on the map, despite their ghostly quiet, are seething with repressed violence, ready to explode.... A compelling read about guilt and evasion of truth.'
'Damon Galgut's style is as bony as the landscape he depicts, as sly and sinewy as the characters that inhabit it.... Blunt and tense and fresh.'
'The scenes of township, quarry and shorescape have a strange, Beckett-like glow and menace.'
-Adam Piette, "Scotland on Sunday
'Fascinating....Not a word out of place.'
"In a bleak morality tale about a fugitive from justice, Galgut again demonstrates his flair for charting the vicissitudes of human despair in modern day South Africa... With increasingly stomach-tightening intensity, Galgut chronicles his troubled protagonist's struggles to evade capture... The suspenseful narrative never strays from the dreary force of its understated character development. As the story builds to a climax, Galgut heightens the book's emotional power with tense one-page chapters until justice - cosmic justice, in this case - comes to call."
-"Publisher's Weeklyshow more