'During certain hours, at certain years in our lives, we see ourselves as remnants from the earlier generations that were destroyed...I think all of our lives have been terribly shaped by what went on before us.' Twenty-five years after leaving his native Sri Lanka for the cool winters of Ontario, a chaotic dream of tropical heat and barking dogs ...Read More'During certain hours, at certain years in our lives, we see ourselves as remnants from the earlier generations that were destroyed...I think all of our lives have been terribly shaped by what went on before us.' Twenty-five years after leaving his native Sri Lanka for the cool winters of Ontario, a chaotic dream of tropical heat and barking dogs pushes Michael Ondaatje to travel back home and revisit a childhood and a family he never fully understood. Along with his siblings and children, Ondaatje gathers rumours, anecdotes, poems, records and memories to piece together this fragmented portrayal of his family's past, his father's destructive alcoholism and the colourful stories and secrets of ancestors both disgraced and adored throughout centuries of Sri Lankan society. In an exotic, evocative portrait of the heat, wildlife, sounds and silences of the Sri Lankan landscape, Ondaatje combines vivid recreations of a privileged, eccentric older generation with a deeply personal reconciliatory journey in which he explores his own ghosts, and how his family's extraordinary history continues to influence his life.Read Less
Fine in Very Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 1982 1st Edition, Clean Fine book, tiny ink dot at top edge near spine, Jacket in Mylar, price clipped, 1/4" tear, very light edgewear, small ink mark on back photo flap.
Very Good. 0771068840 Canadian first edition, first printing. Jacket is in Very Good + condition. Minor wear to spine ends and edges of jacket. Corners are worn. Back of jacket has two tears to top. Jacket is neatly price clipped. Covers are clean and bright. Edges are sharp. No tears or creases. The book itself is in Near Fine condition. The binding is straight and tight. NO remainder mark.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 8vo. 207 pp. Quarter-bound in green cloth on blue boards; small green pictorial on the front panel; lettered in silver on the spine; endpaper maps. Wear on the corners of the dustjacket with a short tear and a small chip from the upper left of the front panel; price clipped; previous owner's name inside; no other interior markings.
Very Good. VG/VG. Bumped spine ends, one corner lightly bumped, PO name and date stamp on ffep, and PO hand written name. DJ has some edge wear, light rubbing, and two closed tears (0.25" & 0.5"). First Canadian Edition. First Printing. Price-clipped.
Near Fine in Very Good jacket. Approx. 6" x 9" 207 pages. Quarter green cloth with decorated blue board. Internal clean and unmarked. Dust jacket intact with some light rubbing on edge. A very nice copy.
Very Good. Very Good Dust Jacket. Cloth Hardcover. dust jacket is Price clipped, The boards are in very good condition, with some discoloration at the top and bottom edge. The inside pages are clean with no highlights or marks. creased dust jacket with some small tears all around the edges. Large Heavy Books May Need More Payment For Overseas Delivery.
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