The English Class is more than a well-crafted novel; it is a work of art.
Sandy McCutcheon, Courier Mail, September 2010
Gene’s cultural crisis, searingly yet sympathetically imagined by Ouyang Yu, is “to hate the China within me”; to have run away from China only to discover that “the language I ran into never accepts me”. Thus – true to its subject – the final part of The English Class is structurally and temporally discordant with what has gone before, yet Ouyang Yu takes that risk fearlessly, abrasively, eloquently.
Peter Pierce, The Age, 25 September, 2010