"Elegantly written . . . Nothomb demonstrates a shrewd understanding of the intricate ways Japanese relationships are made and spoiled."
- The New York Times Book Review
"[A] polished little satire."
- The Wall Street Journal
"A scathingly funny novella."
- Newsday (New York)
"Amélie Nothomb adds humor, the ingredient most often missing in other writers from France of her generation, the ingredient most difficult to translate."
- Los Angeles Times
"An utterly charming, humorous tale of East meets West . . . Nothomb is a terrific writer whose writing style is simple, honest, and elegant. Very highly recommended."
- Library Journal
"A sharp, satiric new novel . . . Readers are sure to be won over by her spare, self-deprecating and wise tale."
- Publishers Weekly
"Highly entertaining . . . Fear and Trembling (a perfect title) is filled with both droll observations and wry bitch gags."
- Kirkus Reviews
"There can be no doubt about Amélie Nothomb's talent: her imagination, energy, facility, fertility, her edgy use of language all prove that she is a writer of enormous gifts. Her writing is as sharp as a whip, the perfect antidote to sleep-inducing novels. She wakes you up. She shakes you up . . . Fear and Trembling will keep readers entertained and on the edge of their seats until the final page."
- Le Figaro
"More than anything this is a beautiful love story—in which Sappho meets the Marquis de Sade."
- Le Nouvel Observateur
"Fear and Trembling is Nothomb at her finest. Never has she been so daring or inspired . . . This book is a small miracle. On second thought, no 'small' about it; it is plain and simple a miracle."
- Le Point