Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje

Best known for his novel The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje wrote this 1982 memoir after returning to his native Ceylon. His experiences led to a "you can go home again" reflection on his family and country. "For the outsider, this memoir offers a poignant vision exotic in cultural particulars, familiar in intimate human feelings."  Margaret Atwood calls it "[b]rightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly ... [it] achieves the status of legend." The New Yorker calls it "[e]loquent, 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."

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    Insightful discussion -

    August 15, 2012

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    Remember we'll be downstairs with a copy of the book on the table. If you come late(r), we'll still be downstairs, though the book cover might no longer be visible from afar. Looking forward to this discussion!

    August 13, 2012

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