The poems in Handwriting are memories of Sri Lanka: the rituals and traditions, history and geography, the smells and tastes and colours of his first ...Show synopsisThe poems in Handwriting are memories of Sri Lanka: the rituals and traditions, history and geography, the smells and tastes and colours of his first home. Here are sunless forests, cattle-bells, stilt-walkers 'with the movement of prehistoric birds'; a Buddha buried 'so roots/like fingers of a blind monk/spread for two hundred years over his face'; 'saffron and panic seed, lotus flowers, sandalwood; a lover, who lay her fearless heart/light as a barn owl/against him all night'. Handwriting is an elegy for lost childhood, for a culture and language lost to the turmoil of history, but it is also a glimpse of the source of the writer's delicate, erotic, mysterious imagination. By focussing on writing frankly about beautiful things, Ondaatje takes the poems beyond narrative to these simple, deeply sensual images - given to us in a language that is pared, cursive and exquisite.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine in fine jacket. Second printing. 78 pp. A fine copy signed...Fine in fine jacket. Second printing. 78 pp. A fine copy signed by Ondaatje in characteristically minimalist fashion on the title page, in a fine dust jacket protected by a new mylar cover. "Poems about love, landscape, and the sweep of history set in the poet's first home, Sri Lanka."
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Description:Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth...Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 88 p. Audience: General/trade. Note: SIGNED by author. This is the true first edition, published by McClelland & Stewart in Canada, Ondaatje's home country. With pristine, unclipped jacket. First printing with complete number row down to "1". Binding nice and tight, pages bright and clean, cover and jacket fresh and sharp. Jacket has bookstore's "Autographed by Author" sticker; looks great in new acid-free mylar sleeve (fully removable). Signed on title page. Same or next business day ship, careful packaging, no surprises. Shipping includes delivery confirmation. Inventory code R2X2.
Description:New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 96 p....New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 96 p. Audience: General/trade. This is the hardcover stated Knopf First Edition from 1999. Both the DJ and the book are in positively excellent condition. There are no rips, tears, markings, etc. and the pages and binding are tight. This wonderful, impossible-to-find item is available for purchase now! **Note: All books listed as FIRST EDITIONS are stated by the publisher in words or number lines--or--only stated editions that include only the publisher and publication date. Due to the vagaries of market fluctuations, an item may occasionally seem overvalued. To compensate for that possibility, all serious buyers are welcome to make a best offer on each and every item listed, with the assurance that ALL reasonable offers will be accepted.
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