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Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
Warlight
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In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care... show more
In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780525521198 (0525521194)
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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2.0 Warlight
Warlight by Michael Ondaatje is a story I had a lot of trouble following. I got lost and never really recovered. It covers many time periods and is an adult telling a story within a story. The philosophical premise of memory versus reality is intriguing. However, unfortunately, reading and trying to...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 Review: Warlight
What a revelatory follow-up to fellow Man Booker nominee Snap:Warlight that is. Suddenly I understand just how much Yankees love their cop dramas and Brits love their espionage. And I'm hoping these are the two worst this year's long list has to offer.In my review of Snap, I ranted a bit about my di...
My Never Ending List
My Never Ending List rated it
4.0 Warlight
As I listened to this novel, I think that the audio of this novel enhanced it. As the narrator presented the tale, his tone added depth to the narration and I felt a darkness covering the whole novel. Since I am a huge fan of historical fiction, I really enjoyed this novel. I immediately got caught ...
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