Running In The Family

Ondaatje, Michael

Published by Norton, 1982
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New York. 1982. Norton. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 207 pages. September 1982. hardcover. Jacket design by Antonina Krass. ISBN: 0393016374. inventory # 8960. FROM THE PUBLISHER - This book is an absorbing autobiographical journey of discovery to a far place in another time. Through memory, through imagination, the author reveals a world of fabulous characters and landscapes as he finds his own beginnings in the strange context of his family history. Michael Ondaatje was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to a privileged, highly eccentric family of mixed Dutch, Sinhalese, and Tamil ancestry. His parents separated, and he left Ceylon when he was eleven, eventually settling in Canada. Almost twenty-five years later, he returned to sort out the recollected fragments of experience, legend, and family scandal, and to reconstruct the fascinating relationship of his parents set against the exotic background of a colonial empire in decline. Cobras in the garden; grandmother Gratiaen swept away in a flood; the humid silence of the tropical afternoons; his father burying gin bottles in the flower beds; mad, drunken expeditions through the jungle - these are a few of the pieces that the author tries to fit together in order to understand who his parents were and who he is. . Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. Recording his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that “pendant off the ear of India,” Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. It is a story of broken engagements and drunken suicide attempts, of parties where exquisitely dressed couples tango in the jungle, a tale whose actors pursue lives of Baudelairean excess with impeccable decorum.

Lyrical and witty, tragic and deliriously romantic, Running in the Family is an inspired marriage of travel narrative and family memoir by one of our most eloquent and poetic writers.

From the Back Cover: “Brightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly, [this book] achieves the status of legend.”
–Margaret Atwood

“Eloquent, oblique, witty, full of light and feeling.…Ondaatje’s knowledge of the fragility and luck of life is very clear. So, too, is the grace and originality of his prose.”
The New Yorker

“Ondaatje has produced a remarkable book.…Shimmering through the haze of heat and memory is an impressionistic, sometimes surreal portrait of an exotic time and place now gone, a colonial paradise that had its own rhythms and imperatives.”
Globe and Mail

“A beautiful, luscious book. Michael Ondaatje has depicted his extraordinary family, who delighted in masks and costumes and love affairs that ‘rainbowed over marriages’ in the kind of language that makes glory of their lives. He has gone on a poet’s journey to Sri Lanka (Ceylon), and the reader who travels with him enters a truly magical world.”
–Maxine Hong Kingston

“It sparkles with the intensity and vividness of its multifaceted tales of romance and intrigue.”
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“A brilliant, charming, poetic, hyperbolic holiday of a book.…Ondaatje walks the line between fact and fiction with a delicately rendered delight.”
Vancouver Province

“…the brilliant and moving book he has written is original in every way that matters.”
–W. S. Merwin

“A beautiful, luscious book of discovery and remembrance.”
Hamilton Spectator

“With a prose style equal to the voluptuousness of [Ondaatje’s] subject and a sense of humor never too far away, Running in the Family is sheer reading pleasure.”
Washington Post

“It dazzles with its range of imagination, richness of language and the consistently involving changes of mood and tempo.”
Toronto Star

“This is an intriguing, funny, dream-like book, impossible to put down.”
Winnipeg Free Press

“…brief, vivid scenes, moments revived out of remote memories, pictures of the intensities lived by his passionate parents… amid the lush flora, the predatory fauna, and the old-fashioned life of the British colonies. This is great story-telling.…"
–Leon Edel

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Title: Running In The Family
Publisher: Norton
Publication Date: 1982
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket
Edition: 1st Edition.

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