Synopses & Reviews
Now in paperback, "The Last Samurai" is full of stories of remarkable exploits, tables of Japanese grammar, snatches of Greek poetry, passages of Icelandic legend, and ingenious math problems. It is also the tale of a six-year-old child prodigy's search for a father, or even a man heroic enough to be his father.
"[A] brilliant debut novel...keeps things moving at an exhilarating clip...DeWitt is formidably intelligent but engagingly witty..." The Washington Post
"[A] fresh, fast-paced, wonderfully imaginative book....It is a touching story of a child's maturing love and illuminates the ways in which a parent's issues can overtly or covertly affect the life of a child. Delightfully original, with foreign rights already sold in 14 countries, this novel will generate high demand." Grace Fill, Booklist
"[An] ambitious, colossal debut novel....While energetic and relentlessly unpredictable, the novel often becomes belabored with its own inventiveness, but the bizarre relationship between Sibylla and Ludo maintains its resonant, rich centrality, giving the book true emotional cohesion." Publishers Weekly