9780307266354

Divisadero

Ondaatje, Michael

ISBN 10: 0307266354 / 0-307-26635-4
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hardcover
Editorial Reviews for this title:
Synopsis:
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.

Review:
From the celebrated author of The English Patient, comes another breathtaking, unforgettable story, this time about a family torn apart by an act of violence. Divisadero is a rich and rewarding read, one that Jhumpa Lahiri, in her guest review for Amazon.com (see below), calls "Ondaatje's finest novel to date." --Daphne Durham

Guest Reviewer: Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, as well as the PEN/Hemingway Award for her mesmerizing debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies. Her poignant and powerful debut novel, The Namesake was adapted by screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala, and released in theaters in 2007.

My life always stops for a new book by Michael Ondaatje. I began Divisadero as soon as it came into my possession and over the course of a few evenings was captivated by Ondaatje's finest novel to date. The story is simple, almost mythical, stemming from a family on a California farm that is ruptured just as it is about to begin. Two daughters, Anna and Claire, are raised not just as siblings but with the intense bond of twins, interchangeable, inseparable. Coop, a boy from a neighboring farm, is folded into the girls' lives as a hired hand and quasi-brother. Anna, Claire, and Coop form a triangle that is intimate and interdependent, a triangle that brutally explodes less than thirty pages into the book. We are left with a handful of glass, both narratively and thematically. But Divisadero is a deeply ordered, full-bodied work, and the fragmented characters, severed from their shared past, persevere in relation to one another, illuminating both what it means to belong to a family and what it means to be alone in the world. The notion of twins, of one becoming two, pervades the novel, and so the farm in California is mirrored by a farm in France, the setting for another plot line in the second half of the book and giving us, in a sense, two novels in one. But the stories are not only connected but calibrated by Ondaatje to reveal a haunting pattern of parallels, echoes, and reflections across time and place. Like Nabokov, another master of twinning, Ondaatje's method is deliberate but discreet, and it was only in rereading this beautiful book--which I wanted to do as soon as I finished it--that the intricate play of doubles was revealed. Every sign of the author's genius is here: the searing imagery, the incandescent writing, the calm probing of life's most turbulent and devastating experiences. No one writes as affectingly about passion, about time and memory, about violence--subjects that have shaped Ondaatje's previous novels. But there is a greater muscularity to Divisadero, an intensity born from its restraint. Episodes are boiled down to their essential elements, distilled but dramatic, resulting in a mosaic of profound dignity, with an elegiac quietude that only the greatest of writers can achieve. --Jhumpa Lahiri


Review

Editorial reviews may belong to another edition of this title.
 

Divisadero: Search Results

1.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Your Online Bookstore (Houston, TX, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0307266354. Bookseller Inventory # GNT3320CRHRLR100914H0417C

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 1.06
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.45
Within U.S.A.
2.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Donald L King (Lynn, MA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First American Edition. Book and DJ are New, First American Edition, S-101, ; 8.43 X 5.85 X 0.73 inches; 288 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 26100

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 5.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: FREE Within U.S.A.
3.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Green Street Books (San Mateo, CA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 4-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0307266354. Bookseller Inventory # SKU025453

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 1.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
4.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: LVeritas (Newton, MA, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 36S98W00051G

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 6.99
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 1.00
Within U.S.A.
5.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: ExtremelyReliable (Richmond, TX, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0307266354

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 10.96
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
6.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Dan Pope Books (West Hartford, CT, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 2

Book Description: Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New York: Knopf [2007]. First U.S. Edition. First Printing. Hardbound. New, in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. A pristine unread copy. Comes with mylar dust jacket wrapper. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. [cted]. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # mfm0507-34

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 15.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
7.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Dan Pope Books (West Hartford, CT, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Knopf, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. New York: KNOPF [2007]. First U.S. edition. First printing. Hardbound. NEW/NEW. A pristine unread copy in dust jacket, very fine/very fine in all respects. Comes with mylar jacket protector. Purchased new and never opened. Shipped in well padded box. (Smoke-free, no marks, no bruises, etc.). Bookseller Inventory # 1110-78

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 15.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
8.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Murray Media (MIAMI SHORES, FL, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 3

Book Description: Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110307266354

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 24.36
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
9.

Ondaatje, Michael
ISBN 10: 0307266354
ISBN 13: 9780307266354
Bookseller: Flash Books (Audubon, NJ, U.S.A.)
Bookseller Rating: 5-star rating
Quantity Available: 1

Book Description: Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister, Maryland, U.S.A., 2007. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. RARE Advance Reader's Edition-Not For Sale. 1st Edition-Stated. Has to be a 1st Printing since its a ARC. New copy. Never read. Trade paperback format. Beautiful copy of book and cover. COLLECTOR'S COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 001295

Bookseller & Payment Information | More Books from this Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Add Book to Shopping Basket
Price: US$ 114.00
Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 6.50
Within U.S.A.
View All Listings for this Book