'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
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UNUSED, LIKE NEW, NOT EX-LIBRARY, cover is different to the one on Amazon, 207 pages. "Brightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly, [this book] achieves the status of legend."-Margaret Atwood "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" "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" "A beautiful, luscious book. Michael Ondaatje has depicted his extraordinary family, who delighted in masks and costumes and love affairs that 'rainbowed over marriages' in the kind of language that makes glory of their lives. He has gone on a poet's journey to Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the reader who travels with him enters a truly magical world."-Maxine Hong Kingston "It sparkles with the intensity and vividness of its multifaceted tales of romance and intrigue.""-"Fort Worth Star-Telegram""A brilliant, charming, poetic, hyperbolic holiday of a book....Ondaatje walks the line between fact and fiction with a delicately rendered delight."-"Vancouver Province"..."the brilliant and moving book he has written is original in every way that matters."-W. S. Merwin "A beautiful, luscious book of discovery and remembrance."-"Hamilton Spectator" "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" "It dazzles with itsrange of imagination, richness of language and the consistently involving changes of mood and tempo."-"Toronto Star"
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.
Very Good. Signed. First Edition. Very Good. 1st Edition. First American edition / First printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Green cloth spine, blue paper-covered boards. 207 pages. Fine in very good plus dust jacket, with a long closed tear to front cover and wear to the spine. The author's "fictional autobiography" of his family's life in Sri Lanka in the early part of this century. Ondaatje frequently cites this book as his favorite and includes selections from the text in most of his public readings. Signed by.
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