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Warlight From the internationally acclaimed best selling author of The English Patient a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small gro

  • Title: Warlight
  • Author: Michael Ondaatje
  • ISBN: 9780525521198
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the internationally acclaimed, best selling author of The English Patient a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself shFrom the internationally acclaimed, best selling author of The English Patient a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.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 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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    1. PW Starred: The term warlight was used to describe the dimmed lights that guided emergency traffic during London's wartime blackouts. The word aptly describes the atmosphere of this haunting, brilliant novel from Ondaatje (The Cat's Table), set in Britain in the decades after WWII, in which many significant facts are purposely shrouded in the semidarkness of history. The narrator, Nathaniel Williams, looks back at the year 1945, when he was 14 and "our parents went away and left us in the care o [...]

    2. Should you read Warlight? If you read English Patient and thought I should read the new Ondaatje, I would just read The English Patient again. I also give similar advice with the Ian McEwan bibliography, just read Atonement. Interestingly, if you are still feeling inclined to read Warlight, just read Atonement due to the successful play by play of a child’s point of view, whereas Warlight’s Nathaniel’s self centered POV is so lackluster it derails any and all interest in the actual interes [...]

    3. Eh. I mean, that pretty much sums it up, if you want to save yourself the trouble of reading the next redundant paragraphs. (Much like the book.)I've never read Ondaatje and had high hopes. Perhaps that was part of the problem. Also, the first few pages reminded me of the tone/style of Ishiguro, that delicious kind of low-key slow build, vaguely eerie and mysterious. But these words never quite got to those levels, instead they felt almost plodding. I'd barely be able to read a few paragraphs to [...]

    4. A mess of a book. The narrators and narratives are all over the map. The abrupt switch from a first person narrator to an omniscient narrator is sloppy and unbelievable. And to make matters worse, this book is boring. The only reason I finished it was because I always finish books I start - a habit I sometimes regret as in this case.

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