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Running In The Family by Michael Ondaatje
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Running In The Family (original 1982; edition 1982)

by Michael Ondaatje (Author)

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Title:Running In The Family
Authors:Michael Ondaatje (Author)
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Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje (1982)

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    The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (stevereads)
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    Bone China by Roma Tearne (Nickelini)
    Nickelini: Both books tell stories of upper class Sri Lankan families, and both are lovely.
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    Out of Egypt: A Memoir by André Aciman (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Both these are family memoirs with a light-hearted tone, although Out Of Egypt has a rather more sombre background setting.
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This is a poetic, lyrical book of memories and anecdotes about the author's aristocratic and eccentric Ceylonese-Dutch family. Like most family tales, some may have taken on a larger-than-life quality, with the basic story embellished in the retelling. My version is an audiobook with excellent narration by Ondaatje. His smooth, mellifluous voice conjures up the hot island of Sri Lanka, redolent with the scent of jasmine, and is perfect for this work. Fabulous! ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jul 2, 2017 |
Still love it. A quirky little memoir about family with some awesome stories told so casually you just believe them, even when he tells you they might not be true. ( )
  MizPurplest | Sep 21, 2015 |
Elegant, multi-faceted account of returning to Sri Lanka and exploring his own and his relatives' memories of the life of a rackety, eccentric Ceylonese family in his parents' and grandparents' generation. As always with family memories, different people remember different things, and the picture doesn't quite add up: Ondaatje doesn't attempt to force it into artificial unity.
Ondaatje visited Sri Lanka at the end of the seventies, before the communal violence became serious, and he only refers very obliquely to the political problems of the island. They don't belong in this nostalgic account of how things were, but of course you can't read the book without keeping in mind the contrast between his idyllic picture of the thirties and forties and the grim reality of the eighties. ( )
  thorold | Jan 6, 2015 |
I think Michael Ondaatje is a wonderful author, and I have enjoyed several of his books. However, reading about the irresponsibility and eccentricity of his Dutch/Sinhalese family grated after awhile so that I quit reading about halfway through the book. Kudos to the author for becoming such an outstanding author despite his heritage. ( )
  WintersRose | Nov 30, 2014 |
I don't think I looked carefully when I picked this up at Bookcrossing and didn't realize it was a memoir and expected a novel but it was a very enjoyable memoir. Very evocative, much more than narrative and beautifully written. I think perhaps I enjoyed it a bit more than the two novels I've read.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
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What began it all was the bright bone of a dream I could hardly hold onto.
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In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.

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An autobiographical journey of discovery gathers together fragments of memory, experience, and family history in order to understand the meaning of his parents' legacy and his own heritage.

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