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Warlight
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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--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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Samplergal
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I loved this book. Set in post war England, it‘s an character study that really has a great story. I won‘t give too much away but there are lots of family secrets in this one. Excellent book club pic. #booked2019 #summer #bookgiftedtome

Cinfhen Yay!!! I love seeing those magic words “excellent for book club ” 💕💕💕 (edited) 2d
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Samplergal
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1. Warlight. Very good. 2. Beach. 3. I love them. 4. I‘m working on it. Throwing around a few. 5. Will do! #friyayintro

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LeahBergen
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My ‘currently reading‘ pile.

I should really be reading Warlight right now, as my IRL book club is meeting on Thursday, but I find myself caught up in Eleanor Oliphant. I picked it up for my 87-year-old mother-in-law (she needs it for her book club! 😍) and it looks like I‘m now doing a ‘quality-control‘ preread for her. 😆

monalyisha “Warlight” certainly wasn‘t a fast/compulsive read, but I hope you end up liking it as much as I did! 1mo
cathysaid How I miss Eleanor 💔 Tell her hello for me. 1mo
HardcoverHearts I fell into Warlight and Eleanor won my heart! I‘ll need to check out the third you have there. I know nothing about it. 1mo
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Gissy Loved, loved Eleonor!❤️ 1mo
Suet624 Oh Eleanor. 💕💕 1mo
Megabooks Such a good book!! 1mo
mabell “Quality Control” - how thoughtful! 😂 1mo
rubyslippersreads I have a Spring Magic, but haven‘t read it yet. And I loved Eleanor! 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 1mo
tpixie Lol Quality Control! Glad to know I my still be in a book club when I‘m 87 yo!! 1mo
Mdargusch It‘s a job someone needs to do so it might as well be you! 1mo
Andrew65 Agree with others, Eleanor is an excellent read. 😍 1mo
Melissa_J Once again I find my views on a book are contrary to this of the majority - I didn‘t like Eleanor at all and bailed on the book 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
LeahBergen @Melissa_J Oddly enough, I really enjoyed the beginning but then ended up giving it three stars (mostly because of its portrayal of mental illness and spectrum disorders). 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
emilyhaldi Ok well I was about to say "pick up Warlight NOW!!!" bc it's SO good. But then I saw you were reading Eleanor which I'm obsessed with so, carry on... (And now I see that you aren't in love with Eleanor so let me just say, pick up Warlight!!!!) 1mo
LeahBergen @emilyhaldi Ha! 😆 I ended up LOVING Warlight. 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts Warlight has just moved up my list ♥️👍🏻 1mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it! 1mo
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monalyisha
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“But it was an old house. She knew each slight incline of hall, every stiff window casing, the noise of winds during different seasons. She could have walked blindfolded through its rooms into the garden and stopped with assurance an inch from a lilac. She knew where the moon hung each month, as well as which window to view it from. It was her biography since birth, her biology. I think it drove her mad.”

gradcat Such a cool pic!! 2mo
monalyisha My mom raised me in the same house that she grew up in & she always felt trapped. I *loved* this particular rumination about houses & their history. It goes on to discuss how this can effect women, specifically. SO GOOD. 2mo
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monalyisha
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“And that brief moment with the hot iron poised in her hand in midair as she watched The Moth remembering their earlier days left an indelible perception.”

*note: this is a beautiful quote, but I couldn‘t resist this vintage photo because wtf 😅

TimSpalding I sympathize. Just imagine life without dryers. If you wanted to press your face against warm clothing, you had to iron it! 2mo
monalyisha @TimSpalding Ha! I love that you saw this very weird thing & immediately thought, “Oh yeah. I get that.” Proof that reading fosters empathy! 😉 2mo
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monalyisha
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“It took several days, this act of packing, and felt slow and fateful in its activity, like an endless ghost story.”

DivineDiana Love this photograph! ❤️ 2mo
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monalyisha
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“There‘s no trustworthy recording of ages when seen through the eyes of youth, and I suppose the war had further confused the way we read age or the hierarchies of class.”

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monalyisha
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“I didn‘t know enough about Agnes‘s past, but as I said, no dog had ever entered the rooms of my childhood, and now in the large semi-dark rooms of this borrowed house, we wrestled them to the ground, their long mouths warm against our bare hearts.”

Swe_Eva Wonderful photo! 💜 2mo
LeahBergen I just finished this book and OH.MY.GOD. this scene will be with me FOREVER. 💕💕💕 1mo
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monalyisha
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“But as far as radio programmes went, she was more at ease lying on the chaise on Saturday afternoons, listening to The Naturalist‘s Hour on the BBC and ignoring the book she was holding in her hands.”

How much time do I spend reading vs. absently daydreaming, only able to fully relax once there‘s the weight of a book in my hands?

Art cred: Girl in Grey (1939)
Louis le Brocquy (Ireland, 1916 – 2012)

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monalyisha
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“Warlight” is a book with little in the way of a clear trajectory. At first, this made it hard to DEVOUR. It‘s not the type of book that you immediately need to pick back up again to find out what happens. But the straying, roaming, searching style absolutely fits the theme, since Ondaatje‘s most astute insights are about memory. And it *became* the type of book I immediately needed to pick back up again, if only to read another perfect sentence.

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BarbaraBB
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We‘ve reached the semifinals of the #ToB2019. Now that Dictionary made it this far in the Tournament I hope that it will make it to the Zombie round as well. For me personally Warlight has had its momentum and may leave. Although I remember the wonderful review the last judge wrote about it... let‘s see what happens!

Zelma I am really looking forward to these semifinals! 😃 Dictionary feels like another Fever Dream. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Zelma I agree. And I just read that Ondaatje has won. Too bad.. 😌 2mo
merelybookish The only books I still care about are the two zombie picks. I don't feel either of these books should have gone this far. 2mo
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Ruthiella I‘m OK with this judgement. I think these two books were actually well matched in that they are both poetic...sort of style over plot. Normally I am all about plot but Ondaatje‘s prose really appeals to me.😀 (edited) 2mo
Rachel_nyc I‘m disappointed in this result but not nearly as distraught I will be if the Angels don‘t make it through tomorrow! 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I agree. And also about the zombies. My favorite is still in though too (Angels) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Yeah me too. All my hope is on angels. 2mo
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monalyisha
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I came down with a cold right before we left for vacation (of course); lucky for me, reading by the pool doesn‘t require much physical exertion. 😉🤧😎🌴

I wish I were reading something floofier...but we all know that #bookclub reading must get done. Also, this is my first Ondaatje & he‘s clearly a Writer (with a capital “W”), so I can‘t complain too hard.

cobwebmoth Hope the cold goes away quickly! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Feel better soon so you can really enjoy your vacation! 2mo
emilyhaldi I loved this book so much❤️ 2mo
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Eva2
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Mehso-so

I did enjoy parts of this book. But, overall, it was just OK. I was left feeling a bit underwhelmed by it. Saying that, the writing was lovely. The book just didn‘t really grab me.

MelissaSue81 I felt the same way. The writing was great, but I honestly don‘t remember much about the story now a few months after I read it. 2mo
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Eva2
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I absolutely loved ‘The English Patient‘ when I read it years ago. However, I have not read another book by Michael Ondaatje....until now! This one has taken me ages to get into but a major incident has just occurred at the end of Part One. Now I am eager to find out what the hell is going on!

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BarbaraBB
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It‘s the first in the quarter finals of the #ToB2019 today. This will be an easy win for Milkman I think (and hope). Warlight is good but to me just a bit forgettable, nothing outstanding to remember it by. Or am I wrong?!

Cathythoughts Milkman 👍🏻🤞🏻 (edited) 2mo
Simona No, you aren‘t wrong😘 2mo
mklong I liked Warlight more than you did, but am pulling for Milkman for sure! 2mo
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merelybookish Milkman! Milkman! Milkman! (There are books that could best it but it shouldn't be Warlight.) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Simona @Cathythoughts @mklong @merelybookish Oh man... 😳. And she didn‘t make it to the zombies either. I can‘t believe it! 2mo
Rachel_nyc Woah, I am shocked by the result! I can‘t say I‘m surprised about not having the zombie votes though since this book was very divisive. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc I think people who loved it were sure it wouldn‘t need that zombie vote. Well it‘s a surprising Tournament so far and I must admit I like that, no matter what! 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Good point! I think most people, myself included, expected it to coast to the finals. Agreed it‘s more interesting with surprises and this makes me feel better about The House of Broken Angels‘ chances! 2mo
merelybookish 🤬🤬 That sucks! But all the things she liked about Warlight, I hated and all the things she hated about Milkman, I liked. 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish She saw things in Warlight I definitely didn‘t. It sounds like a wonderful book in het judgment but I missed that while reading it! (edited) 2mo
thebluestocking I‘m still in a bit of shock over this decision. This kind of thing is one of the worst and best things about the tournament. It shows that personal taste is, well, personal. 2mo
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It‘s shocking and controversial. Of course that‘s what I like about the ToB as well! 2mo
BkClubCare Shocker!! Ugh, I was so sad abt this decision and saddened by what I felt was nonappreciative dismissal. In true sportslike demeanor, I yelled and screamed like my favorite team was just hurt by a lousy ref call.... But, I am over it. It is what I love abt the TOB - always exciting and always makes me think. 2mo
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - and makes it exciting! 2mo
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I agree! It‘s always exciting! 2mo
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

Gauzy cloak-and-dagger tale set in the period immediately after WW2, this is reminiscent of his earlier English Patient, with which it compares unfavorably. Also in the same vein as All the Light We Cannot See and Moonglow — two other books that didn‘t live up to the hype (IMO). Though the prose is spare and haunting, I couldn‘t really get into the story or its menagerie of shadowy characters. Thankfully a shorter book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

MelissaSue81 Yeah this one just didn‘t do it for me. 2mo
pdever Thanks for the review. It has been years since I have read anything by this author, but I list him among my favorites. I was thinking about reading this one, but maybe I will pick a different one. 2mo
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suzisteffen
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Shockingly, this is the first Ondaatje I‘ve ever read. I also recently read Kate Atkinson‘s Transcription, to which many of my friends compared this book with this the winner. I do think in purely literary terms, this book is the “winner,” but I could read thousands of books about spy craft and the British in and just after #WWII, so they‘re both worthwhile for me. In any case, this is beautifully done. Painful, deliberate, gorgeous, complex.

suzisteffen I mean, it‘s complex, about so much loss, about becoming an adult, about not knowing one‘s parents or sibling really, about how children cannot truly protect each other. About *noticing* things, about being an expert on random natural things that perhaps changed the course of the war. And a lot more. 2mo
suzisteffen Didn‘t realize this was part of #ToB2019 until I just started reading The Rooster! Hurray for #TournamentofBooks. 2mo
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suzisteffen
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Whew, just got into the greyhound portion of Warlight and am not best pleased with the narrator, but then o didn‘t have expectations that I‘d like everyone - or anyone - in this book. Wonderfully written though, of course.

📷: Wikimedia Commons (sadly not my pup!)

Literaturenut I adore greyhounds, and that is a beautiful one. My mom used to adopted retired racers. 2mo
wanderinglynn What a cutie! ❤️🐶 2mo
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Kazzie
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Pickpick

Not his best, but very good

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agable
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Panpan

Not for me. Beautiful language but a chore to finish. #TournamentOfBooks

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rebbyj
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Mehso-so

slow

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DivineDiana
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@Eggs #wondrouswednesday
1. Library
2. Trip to NYC with my sister to see The Cher Show!
3. A Gentleman in Moscow
4. Tagged book- overrated
5. @Lauram @Bookwm85forever

Thank you for the tag @Tex2Flo !

BarbaraTheBibliophage So which was it? Over rated or under rated?? 3mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you for pointing that out! Overrated. Although, when discussed at Book Club, I did appreciate it more. Other group members were gushing and comparing it to Dickens. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DivineDiana Haha. Dickens is a stretch. I do like Ondaatje and I liked this one. But it took me a long while to sink into it. 3mo
Eggs Thanks for playing 💗 3mo
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agable
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Starting the next in my #TournamentOfBooks tour.

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DivineDiana
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Mehso-so

I read this for an IRL BookClub. Critics rave about the beautiful writing, and I suppose it is. Unfortunately, I was not relating to this coming of age story of a young man in London after WWII. I did find the disappearance of the mother and her “other life” as a spy interesting. Maps play a part in connecting the characters. After my group‘s discussion, I realized the inventiveness of the author. I think having a deadline distracted my enjoyment.

rmaclean4 This was a book that I enjoyed more after I finished it than while I was reading it. A rare occurrence for me. It has stuck with me in a way other novels have not. 3mo
DivineDiana @rmaclean4 Good to know. I think it will stick with me also. 3mo
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Rachel_nyc
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Mehso-so

The writing was beautiful and the plot was intriguing but I just never connected with the characters or story as it unfolded.

BarbaraBB I had that same problem. It didn‘t stay with me at all even though I enjoyed it while reading. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Exactly. I wanted much more from it but the great writing still made it worth a read. 4mo
merelybookish It's a so-so for me which is disappointing. I really like the first 1/2 or so but then lost interest once Marsh and Rose started narrating their stories. It really did feel shadowy though, the way he wrote it was impressive. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Yep. The writing made it worth reading but it‘s not a book that will stay with me. 4mo
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thebluestocking
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Here‘s what I read in January. I enjoyed almost all of them. An astonishing 9 of these were audiobooks. For comparison, I listened to 11 audiobooks in all of 2018. I‘m not sure what is up with that. Also a lot of nonfiction and three #tob2019 books.

#monthlywrapup #januarywrapup #januaryreads

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Lab Girl is excellent on audiobook! 👍 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You read some great books! 💕 4mo
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BkClubCare Whoa on your audiobook stat?! 4mo
thebluestocking @BkClubCare I know! I haven‘t quite figured it out. It may be I replaced my usual podcast lineup with audiobooks. But still. 4mo
Gezemice Great job! I have been doing a lot of audiobooks, too. Let‘s me doing my chores and driving! I just started on The Omnivore‘s Dilemma on audio. Lab Girl also has been on my list forever. 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz I don't know why I can never focus on the story whenever it's on audio! 😔Well done for January, Jessica! ❤️👍🏼 4mo
thebluestocking @Gezemice Yay for audiobooks! I hope you like The Omnivore‘s Dilemma. It‘s long but fascinating. 4mo
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! I have to choose my audiobooks carefully for that reason - just short-ish fiction and pop-ish nonfiction. 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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I liked this book—great writing, but I struggled with the storyline. I realize it‘s intentionally vague and all over the place, but it was frustrating.

Allow me to fangirl (again) about my fave narrator, Steve West. I would listen to him read anything. I sometimes start picturing male characters looking like him, even if they don‘t.🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

Above, actual photo of me listening to this book with an onion/cat? on my head. I ❤️ Steve West. The end.

sprainedbrain Images from google! 😃 4mo
JacqMac 😂 I feel like I need to find his voice now. 4mo
sprainedbrain @JacqMac you do! 😍 4mo
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Cinfhen Me too @JacqMac and an onion cat 😜 4mo
sprainedbrain @Cinfhen it might be a fish? No clue. 😂 4mo
Cinfhen No, it‘s an onion cat!!! 😂🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Cinfhen And Steve West is 🔥🔥🔥🔥 4mo
Dogearedcopy 😂❤️😂❤️😂 4mo
BarbaraBB Haha! I don‘t remember this book at all by the way 😳 4mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I agree, he is 🔥! 4mo
Bookzombie I just realized he was the male narrator for this book. I loved him! 4mo
silentrequiem Wowza. That man is smoking🔥 4mo
Reggie Was he the one you posted in a swimming outfit one time? 4mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie Yes! My fondness for him goes way back. 😂 4mo
Lauram Wow. Just listened to him on YouTube 🤩 (edited) 4mo
sprainedbrain @Bookzombie @Lauram He has also narrated a bunch as ‘Shane East‘... those are usually the slightly trashier books with lots of sex, though. 😳🔥 I have listened to a LOT of books that I probably wouldn‘t have read if not for the narrator. I am not ashamed. 😂 4mo
Lauram I was just on his website listening to his meditation trailer/promo. 😂 (edited) 4mo
sprainedbrain @Lauram he can read anything to me! 4mo
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Bevita
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Maybe I wasn‘t ready for this but just couldn‘t connect. Weird story of two teenagers left in the care of a guy they call “The Mole.” Left halfway.

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tina_b.ooks
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Tanisha_A Rejoice for more lists! 😉 4mo
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RidgewayGirl
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Nathaniel is piecing together his memories of the time, just after the end of WWII, when his parents left he and sister in the care of a man they called The Moth, and who Nathaniel was sure was a criminal. The truth was much more complicated than that.

This book has a cloudy feel to it and the writing is very fine.

BarbaraBB Any favorites yet on the ToB shortlist? 4mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB I absolutely adored A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen. There There and House of Broken Angels were excellent. This is a really strong shortlist. 4mo
BarbaraBB Good to know. I haven‘t read A Terrible Country and House of Broken Angels yet. Do you know when the Play-In round will take place? 4mo
RidgewayGirl @BarbaraBB The Tournament always kicks off on or around March 7th. Plenty of reading time left! 4mo
BarbaraBB 😅 I have eight more to go. And I love that they are so mysterious about dates 😀 4mo
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DivineDiana
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Another IRL Book Club choice. Have the audio and the actual book, so that I can finish on time!

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Unabridged
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Ondaatje's Warlight is a gorgeously written examination of coming of age viewed two ways--one during Nathaniel's childhood and one viewed from beyond, when the protagonist looks back through new eyes. The historical detail is astounding, covering the war and intrigue and dog races, but it‘s the universality of looking back on one's life with new understanding that affected me most. The narrator brought the story to life brilliantly.

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Krysta
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"Your own story is just one, and perhaps not the important one. The self is not the principal thing."

This holiday season some friends and I held a little book gift exchange. I got Warlight, which I am really enjoying today at last.

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thebluestocking
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I‘m a Michael Ondaatje fan, and this one did not disappoint. It follows a family shortly after World War II. The parents leave their two teenagers in the care of a man they call The Moth. The story explores abandonment and war and civic duty and family dynamics. It‘s a slow burn, but I think the concept of warlight, dimmed lights to mark the way, will stick with me. #tob2019 #tob

Ruthiella Yay! I am reading this one now and really enjoying it. Previously I‘d only listened to The Cat‘s Table which I also found enchanting . 😀 5mo
thebluestocking @Ruthiella Ooh. I hope it works for you! I liked The Cat‘s Table too. My favorite of his, so far, is In the Skin of a Lion, but I haven‘t read The English Patient. 5mo
BarbaraBB The English Patient is so good! Are you planning on reading all of the ToB shortlist? 5mo
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thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I need to read it! I‘m going to give the ToB shortlist the old college try. I usually get at least ten in. How‘s the list coming for you? 5mo
BarbaraBB No real favorites so far, there were a lot on the longlist that I‘d rather see shortlisted. But I still need to read a lot of them! How about you? 5mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I agree. None of my favorite from the long list made it. There are very few on the short list that I‘m excited to read. But I‘m sure I‘ll find some gems. Warlight is just my third from the list. I have also read There There and Census. 5mo
CouronneDhiver Back to # 1 ... so crazy! I love that you number your reviews 5mo
thebluestocking @CouronneDhiver Thank you! I‘m not even sure why I started doing it, but I like how it tracks my year. 5mo
RidgewayGirl I‘m reading this now. The writing is just so good. 5mo
thebluestocking @RidgewayGirl Right? You can tell he‘s a poet. 5mo
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RidgewayGirl
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Beginning this as my first book of 2019.

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RealLifeReading
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Pickpick

Didn‘t quite make it to 11 hours for the #11thhourreadathon but hey I started and finished this book! And this was a nice end for my reading year. Beautifully written as expected from Ondaatje but I felt it was a bit lacking in specifics as the protagonist uncovers secrets. Couldn‘t help comparing it to the somewhat similarly set Transcription by Kate Atkinson which I read before this.

jmtrivera 10 is still awesome! 5mo
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thebluestocking
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I‘ve been learning to crochet over the last couple of days. And, of course, I‘m listening to an audiobook at the same time.

#crochetersoflitsy

wanderinglynn It looks great! 👍🏻 5mo
thebluestocking @wanderinglynn Thank you!! (I‘m still figuring out the turning stitches.) 5mo
Djspens I wish I'd paid more attention years ago when my grandma tried teaching me to crochet..... 5mo
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thebluestocking @Djspens Ha! My grandma tried to teach me when I was young too. I didn‘t take to it then, but I did find it fairly easy to pick up from a few YouTube videos. 5mo
BrittanyReads Ah! 😆Good luck! I just recently started myself! 5mo
Aimeesue Took a while sitting with it, but in the end I thought Warlight was an incredibly good book. 5mo
jenni_elyse Oh yay! You‘re learning! I‘m so happy! 5mo
thebluestocking @jenni_elyse Yes! And you were definitely part of the inspiration. I‘m totally enjoying it, but I might have some questions for you! 5mo
jenni_elyse No problem! I‘m happy to answer any questions you may have. 5mo
RealLifeReading Yay more crocheters on Litsy! 5mo
thebluestocking @jenni_elyse Thank you! I‘m having trouble with the edges. 5mo
thebluestocking @RealLifeReading Yay! Happy to join the ranks. 5mo
AceOnRoam Ohh great hobby. It's great for audiobooking! 5mo
thebluestocking @AceOnRoam Definitely! I cruised through several hours of audiobook yesterday. 5mo
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RealLifeReading
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Maybe it‘s time I read that. Have you? #11thhourreadathon

Gaylagal2 I have not, but I want too😉 5mo
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RealLifeReading
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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I almost forgot about the #11thhourreadathon! I‘m going to have to do more reading tomorrow morning when I get up.

EclecticReaders An hour is still a good start. Hope you have a great reading session! 5mo
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Kempfme
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
Mehso-so

This historic tale of the life of a young man that uncovers the mystery of why he and his sister was orphaned by his parents and was raised by what seemed like criminals.

The writing is thrilling like Agatha Christi. I would recommend this to anyone that likes historical fiction, especially World War 2 history.

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BookishTrish
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Mehso-so

I love how easily I sink into an Ondaatje novel and am completely immersed in the world he creates. I found the story a bit too fragmented and wasn‘t clear on how Nathaniel was able to piece together certain aspects of his mother‘s story. I appreciated the little twist at the end.

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BookishTrish
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Bookboss
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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The book is set in England in the early days after WWII. Two children are left in the care of a friend when their parents are called away. The first part describes their lives in the company of the family friend and his cohort. The second part of the book is narrated by the now grown boy who is trying to make sense of his past. I have read many books about war‘s effects on relationships, but this is one of the few that explores the aftermath.

BarbaraBB Great review! 5mo
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CaitlinR
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Bailedbailed

I love Ondaatje‘s work, but I just could not get through this one. May just have been the wrong time for me to approach this read. Hope you-all enjoy it more.

vkois88 Hey! I emailed you in reference to the Christmas Cross Stitch Exchange! @Endowarrior21 wanted to make sure you received your package, and I wanted to see where you were at with putting yours together 😊 5mo
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PacingTheCage
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
Mehso-so

Interesting but, not one of my faves this year.

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andrew61
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Pickpick

I loved this book which starts of as a curious story about two children during ww2 seemingly abandoned by their parents to the care of 2 apparent petty criminals and other odd characters. It then changes into a complicated story of love loss and family in which i was completely absorbed.
Reminded me a lot of Restless by William boyd which i similarly loved.

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Floresj
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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Mehso-so

The beginning feels like meandering as it plants the seeds that will be referred to in the second half. It took awhile for me to get into it, and when I did, it was mostly just to figure out what was going on. Good writing, but not my style.