It is the 1920s, and Patrick Lewis has arrived in the bustling city of Toronto, leaving behind his Canadian wilderness home. He immerses himself in the lives of the people who surround him, learning, from their stories, the history of the city itself. And he has his own adventures: searching for a missing millionaire, tunnelling beneath Lake ...Read MoreIt is the 1920s, and Patrick Lewis has arrived in the bustling city of Toronto, leaving behind his Canadian wilderness home. He immerses himself in the lives of the people who surround him, learning, from their stories, the history of the city itself. And he has his own adventures: searching for a missing millionaire, tunnelling beneath Lake Ontario, falling in love. In the Skin of a Lion is Michael Ondaatje's sparkling predecessor to his Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. It is here that we encounter, for the first time, Hana the orphaned girl and Caravaggio the thief, among a large cast of characters who are all lovingly and intimately portrayed. It is an exquisite and musical novel, a romance that challenges the boundary between history and myth.Read Less
Very Good (Book condition) Book. Signed by Author(s) Signed by author. Small tea-stain to bottome corner of 4pp half-way through the book, else Very Good. [Our rating system: 1. Fine; 2. Near fine; 3. Very good; 4. Good; 5. Fair. ]
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed first US edition/first printing of author's third novel and widely considered among his best. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers are protected with clear archival wraps and we pack each book like it's a Tiffany egg.
Very Good + in very good + jacket. 8vo. 244 pp. Stated first American edition of this novel by the author of The Dainty Monsters and Coming Through Slaughter. A clean very good plus copy in lightly used dustwrapper. No remainder mark. SIGNED by Ondaatje on the title page.
First Printing. Octavo; 3/4 brown paper over quarter blue cloth, with titles stamped in copper foil on spine and front panel; lavender topstain; dustjacket; 244pp. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a Fine, unclipped dustjacket.
Ondaatje has published poetry and his novels read and flow like poetry. The story is historically interesting as well as presenting authentic fictional characters. My fourth Ondaatje and I was not disappointed.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.