It's not clear to me why Jim Crace isn't world famous…
Jim Crace is a magician among contemporary British novelists … Crace’s is a unique voice still, and we are lucky to have it.
A hugely gifted, utterly original writer.
Jim Crace is a writer of great gifts. He is the poet of detail, the laureate of the mineral, the bacterial and the gaseous…
A unique brand of fabulism … teasing and shocking readers into re-evaluating the all-too-familiar world around them.
Resolutely apocalyptic … precise, earthy prose.
Crace's way is closer to what Iris Murdoch distinguished as ''crystalline'' construction, the end of the fiction spectrum where the novel is most like a poem, most turned in on itself … The writer of the recent past whom Crace most resembles is William Golding.
One of Jim Crace’s many attractions as a novelist is his unpredictability: you never know what you’re going to find between his covers.
Great beauty and tenderness.
What ought to be grisly is strangely not. Reverent, if anything, and thanks to Mr. Crace's ability to set up human habitation in taboo territory, almost beautiful … an insidious storyteller.