heavenlytruffles, December 14, 2007 (view all comments by heavenlytruffles)
I recently met this author in TORONTO CANADA. HE gave a wonderful reading of this book and also answered questions from audience. In addition this book was being honored as one of the 5 best CANADIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR. Award is called GOVERNOR GENERAL AWARD. This is one of the top literary prizes in CANADA.
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Jenny Steele, June 27, 2007 (view all comments by Jenny Steele)
As with all of Ondaatje's works, this novel too is impossible to describe in a neat and tidy way. A violent event in the characters' young lives shatters them all and sends them on wildly different paths. We are taken from the menacing world of brutal poker to a writer's farmhouse in France. Yes, hard to describe. But, as usual, beautifully written with paragraphs or whole sentences you'll find yourself reading out loud.
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Alfred A. Knopf -
Reading Ondaatje's new book, Divisadero, is like listening to great music. You are caught up in the moment, the elegiac writing, and propelled into a different reality. The crescendo brings it altogether, the passion, the years of hurt and pain, and the healing power of time. Like great music, you will need to listen to this book again and again, each time discovering new depths and greater understanding.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Ondaatje's oddly structured but emotionally riveting fifth novel opens in the Northern California of the 1970s. Anna, who is 16 and whose mother died in childbirth, has formed a serene makeshift family with her same-age adopted sister, Claire, and a taciturn farmhand, Coop, 20. But when the girls' father, otherwise a ghostly presence, finds Anna having sex with Coop and beats him brutally, Coop leaves the farm, drawing on a cardsharp's skills to make an itinerant living as a poker player. A chance meeting years later reunites him with Claire. Runaway teen Anna, scarred by her father's savage reaction, resurfaces as an adult in a rural French village, researching the life of a Gallic author, Jean Segura, who lived and died in the house where she has settled. The novel here bifurcates, veering almost a century into the past to recount Segura's life before WWI, leaving the stories of Coop, Claire and Anna enigmatically unresolved. The dreamlike Segura novella, juxtaposed with the longer opening section, will challenge readers to uncover subtle but explosive links between past and present. Ondaatje's first fiction in six years lacks the gut punch of Anil's Ghost and the harrowing meditation on brutality that marked The English Patient, but delivers his trademark seductive prose, quixotic characters and psychological intricacy. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Chicago Sun-Times,
"Divisadero flows like a symphony of distinct movements."
by Boston Globe,
"Ondaatje is a master at constructing breathtaking passages."
by Miami Herald,
"Divisadero is art; it is stuffed with unbearable love, and it is magnificent."
by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,
"[A] beautifully crafted tale of separated sisters and torn-apart lovers."
by Jhumpa Lahiri,
"Episodes are boiled down to their essential elements, distilled but dramatic, resulting in a mosaic of profound dignity, with an elegiac quietude that only the greatest of writers can achieve."
"Divisadero is easy to read, not because its theme and plot are simple but because the reader simply 'wants' to read it." Booklist
by New Yorker,
"Each of his books is filled with passages of such finesse and vividness that they become a part of us."
The eagerly awaited novel by the internationally acclaimed author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost.
A new novel by Michael Ondaatje is a major publishing event, and one that defines any publishing season. Divisadero, Ondaatje's magnificent new novel, is psychologically intricate, visually ravishing, devastating and beautiful. It promises to be his most successful hardcover publication yet.
Michael Ondaatje's eagerly anticipated new novel, Divisadero, unravels a haunting story that ranges from northern California to central France, introducing characters who become part of our own lives. Divisadero brings together all of the elements for which Michael Ondaatje's fiction is celebrated.
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