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Vintage Ondaatje by Michael Ondaatje

Vintage Ondaatje

by Michael Ondaatje

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I am a die-hard Ondaatje fan, and really, the only question remaining for me is whether I prefer his prose or his poetry. This book is a good chance to compare the two, but the question, alas, remains unresolved. I will say this, however: While there are other authors out there whose prose comes close to the quality of Ondaatje's, I have yet to discover a writer whose poetry falls so easily off my tongue (for poetry is best read savouring each word in your mouth), like water skimming across rocks in a shallow, fast-flowing stream, whose words are so natural yet so carefully-chosen to be always and exactly just right.

Includes selections from The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter; 'Travels in Ceylon', 'Passions of Lalla', and 'Photograph' from Running in the Family; the poems 'Light', 'Claude Glass', 'The Cinnamon Peeler', 'Elimination Dance', and 'To a Sad Daughter' from The Cinnamon Peeler; 'The Bridge' from In The Skin of a Lion; 'Katharine' and 'In Situ' from The English Patient; the poems 'The Great Tree', 'The Story', 'Step', and 'Last Ink' from Handwriting; and 'Linus Corea' and 'Anil' from Anil's Ghost.
  pixxiefish | Mar 17, 2009 |
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