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Like its predecessor, the novel explores that territory where the personal and the political intersect in the fulcrum of war. Its style, though, is more straightforward, less densely poetical. While many of Ondaatje's literary trademarks are present--frequent shifts in time, almost hallucinatory imagery, the gradual interweaving of characters' pasts with the present--the prose here is more accessible. This is not to say that the author has forgotten his poetic roots; subtle, evocative images abound. Consider, for example, this description of Anil at the end of the day, standing in a pool of water, "her toes among the white petals, her arms folded as she undressed the day, removing layers of events and incidents so they would no longer be within her." In Anil's Ghost Michael Ondaatje has crafted both a brutal examination of internecine warfare and an enduring meditation on identity, loyalty, and the unbreakable hold the past exerts over the present. --Alix Wilber
"This is a wonderful book - unquestionably Ondaatje's finest work--a book that surpasses The English Patient in both depth of feeling and intellectual reach--. Anil's Ghost is the most remarkable of the many remarkable novels Michael Ondaatje has written." - The Globe and Mail
"A truly wondrous book. The layers of human history, the depth of the human body, the heartache of love and fratricide have rarely been conveyed with such dignity and translucence. I was enthralled as I have not been since The English Patient." - Ariel Dorfman
"Virtually flawless, with impeccable regional details, startlingly original characters, and a compelling literary plot that borders on the thriller. Ondaatje's stunning achievement is to produce an indelible novel of dangerous beauty." - USA Today
"Anil's Ghost is the most harrowing of Ondaatje's novels. It is also the toughest, most sincere and in some ways the best since Coming Through Slaughter--genuinely, eerily, almost inappropriately beautiful." - The Toronto Star
"It is Ondaatje's extraordinary achievement to use magic in order to make the blood of his own country real-- Nowhere has he written more beautifully." - The New York Times Book Review
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