Search Results: "Michael Ondaatje"


BOOK REVIEW

IN THE SKIN OF A LION by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1987

"If there are flaws here, they lie in the minor hints of a history-lesson tendentiousness, but a poetically energized grace and a perfected and rich inventiveness remain the greater marks of this talented writer."
A lyric and sometimes surreal novel by the Canadian poet and writer Ondaatje (author of the remarkable poetry volume The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, 1974; and the novel about Buddy Bolden, Coming through Slaughter, 1977) that may remind readers of certain of the more captivating aspects of, say, Ragtime. Read full book review >

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ANIL'S GHOST by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Impressive and often fascinating, but not a success. There's ample evidence that Ondaatje worked diligently, and perhaps for several years, on Anil's Ghost. But he doesn't seem to have finished it. (First printing of 200,000)"
The aftershocks of the recent bloody civil war in Sri Lanka, and of doomed efforts to name and remember that afflicted country's ``disappeared,'' are explored with commanding poetic intensity in this striking latest from the Canadian (and Sri Lankan-born) author of (this novel's immediate predecessor) The English Patient (1992). Read full book review >

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COMING THROUGH SLAUGHTER by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 1997

"That's his triumph; his downfall is that, despite the lusty milieu, the freewheeling passions, and the vivid, fact-based characters (like Bellocq, photographer of prostitutes and self-arsonist), Buddy Bolden's life never seems as real, immediate, or important as the elaborate variations on it."
Ondaatje is a Canadian poet (the stunning Collected Works of Billy the Kid), and his first full-length stretch of prose is one of the more successful resolutions of a poet/novelist identity crisis. Read full book review >

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DIVISADERO by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2007

"Not to be missed."
Poetic intensity trumps structural irregularity and storytelling opacity in the celebrated Ontario author's intense fifth novel (Anil's Ghost, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CAT'S TABLE by Michael Ondaatje
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Elegiac, mature and nostalgic—a fine evocation of childhood, and of days irretrievably past."
A graceful, closely observed novel that blends coming-of-age tropes with a Conradian sea voyage. Read full book review >

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RUNNING IN THE FAMILY by Michael Ondaatje
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 1982

"But, while there's no strong dramatic shape to his rediscovery of his parents' past (Ondaatje himself remains a blur), it's the family history that almost always holds this delicate assemblage together-and extends its appeal to a readership beyond Ondaatje's poetry-oriented following."
Canadian poet Ondaatje (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid) made two return journeys to his birthplace, Ceylon, in 1978 and 1980—and the result is this slight, graceful mosaic: a collection of poetic impressions and less poetic (but far more involving) Ondaatje-family stories. Read full book review >

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THE ENGLISH PATIENT by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"A challenging, disorienting, periodically captivating journey without maps, best when least showy, as in the marvelous account of Kip's adoption by an eccentric English peer, his bomb-disposal instructor."
Canadian poet/novelist Ondaatje (In the Skin of a Lion, 1987, etc.) assembles, mosaic-fashion, the lives of four occupants of an Italian villa near Florence at the end of WW II. Read full book review >

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LOST CLASSICS by Michael Ondaatje
Released: Aug. 28, 2001

"A great idea for a journal issue, but forgettable in this format."
Margaret Atwood, Russell Banks, Ondaatje, and many, many others remember favorite books the rest of us have supposedly forgotten. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID by Michael Ondaatje
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1974

"Previously published to wide acclaim in Canada, this has the impact of a high-voltage wire."
The poems, some of them in prose, in this taut and stunning book, dart by like small desert animals. Read full book review >

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THE MOSQUITO BROTHERS by Griffin Ondaatje
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"A few moments of manufactured drama aside, a ragged chain of set pieces. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
A late-blooming urban mosquito meets his country-raised half brother for the first time. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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