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Divisadero - Michael Ondaatje
Divisadero
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From the celebrated author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion comes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm... show more
From the celebrated author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion comes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is riven by an incident of violence—of both hand and heart—that sets fire to the rest of their lives.Divisadero takes us from the city of San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada’s casinos and eventually to the landscape of south-central France. It is here, outside a small rural village, that Anna becomes immersed in the life and the world of a writer from an earlier time—Lucien Segura. His compelling story, which has its beginnings at the turn of the century, circles around “the raw truth” of Anna’s own life, the one she’s left behind but can never truly leave. And as the narrative moves back and forth in time and place, we discover each of the characters managing to find some foothold in a present rough hewn from the past.  Breathtakingly evoked and with unforgettable characters, Divisadero is a multilayered novel about passion, loss, and the unshakable past, about the often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. It is Michael Ondaatje’s most intimate and beautiful novel to date.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307266354 (0307266354)
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
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The Chocolate Lady's Book Reviews rated it
3.5 Getting Us Up Close and Deserving Your Undivided Attention
Here is a book for which it is almost impossible to write a plot synopsis. Like many of Ondaatje's other works, this doesn't have narrative that follows conventional literary patterns or rules. Although there is an overall linear aspect to the novel, the general feeling is more of a shifting spiral....
nouveau
nouveau rated it
4.0 Divisadero
i'm waiting for my laundry to get done, so I guess I'll blab... a tenth of my reviews are blabbing reviews? the itch to write is just something stuck in your fingers? (wah) I won't complain. I spent today searching for rumors of a demonstration and found only a hot pepper festival. I was wearing a s...
Vera
Vera rated it
It took the whole book before I felt I had anything like a handle on this book. The style does not sit comfortably. I couldn't grip or connect to the characters - I never did since the last quarter of the book is about different characters. As soon as I felt the book was getting somewhere, it change...
coffee & ink
coffee & ink rated it
wtf is up with the amnesia and the ending?
coffee & ink
coffee & ink rated it
wtf is up with the amnesia and the ending?
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