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ISBN13: 9780679746690
ISBN10: 0679746692
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In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.

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"Brightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend." Margaret Atwood

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"Eloquent, oblique, witty, full of light and feeling. Ondaatje's knowledge of the fragility and luck of life is very clear. So, too, is the grace and originality of his prose." The New Yorker

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"With a prose style equal to the voluptuousness of [Ondaatje?s] subject and a sense of humor never too far away, Running in the Family is sheer reading pleasure." Washington Post

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"[T]he brilliant and moving book he has written is original in every way that matters." W. S. Merwin

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"Ondaatje has produced a remarkable book....Shimmering through the haze of heat and memory is an impressionistic, sometimes surreal portrait of an exotic time and place now gone, a colonial paradise that had its own rhythms and imperatives." Globe and Mail

About the Author

Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.

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Shoshana, August 9, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Ondaatje's account of growing up in Ceylon is a memoir with fictionalized inclusions. The style is postmodern and the language frequently lyrical. Ondaatje evokes he tropical swelter and dangers of the landscape in parallel to his frenetic and sometimes interpersonally toxic accounts of his family. Much alcoholic carousing paints a vivid portrait of semi-colonial life in the 1920's and forward. Nicely rendered and a nice model of memoir writing beyond a straightforward, chronological account.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679746690
Author:
Ondaatje, Michael
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Sri lanka
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Authors, canadian
Subject:
Sri Lanka Biography.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
Authors, Canadian -- 20th century.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
. 5252
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.21 x .57 in .425 lb

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Product details 208 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679746690 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend."
"Review" by , "Eloquent, oblique, witty, full of light and feeling. Ondaatje's knowledge of the fragility and luck of life is very clear. So, too, is the grace and originality of his prose."
"Review" by , "With a prose style equal to the voluptuousness of [Ondaatje?s] subject and a sense of humor never too far away, Running in the Family is sheer reading pleasure."
"Review" by , "[T]he brilliant and moving book he has written is original in every way that matters."
"Review" by , "Ondaatje has produced a remarkable book....Shimmering through the haze of heat and memory is an impressionistic, sometimes surreal portrait of an exotic time and place now gone, a colonial paradise that had its own rhythms and imperatives."
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