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Running in the Family
Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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In Michael Ondaatjes beloved family memoir, fact and fiction blur to create a dazzlingly original portrait of a lost time and place. Ondaatje left Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) at the age of eleven. Almost twenty-five years later, he returned to sort out the recollected fragments of experience, legend, and family scandal, and to reconstruct the carefree, doomed life his parents and grandparents had led in a place where couples danced the tango in the moonlight, where drink, gambling, and romance were the main occupations of the upper class. Rich with eccentric characters and captivating stories, and set against the exotic landscape of a colonial empire in decline, Running in the Family is Ondaatjes unforgettable journey through memory and imagination to reclaim his past. From the Hardcover edition.
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ReadingEnvy
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Memoir 3 of my #nonfictionnovember reading frenzy. Can you believe I put off reading this one because I thought it was about running? Instead Ondaatje uses a few visits to Sri Lanka in the 1970s to take a trip down memory lane, with stories from his family told interlaced with poetry. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy In some ways it's a strange privileged point of view since he only mentions the violence that would have already started in one passing comment, but he moved away from the island as a child so the majority of memory to recall comes more through the stories of the older generation of his family. 2w
batsy I read it on one of my trips to Sri Lanka and it was the best companion. It's a pretty nostalgic and privileged POV for a place that has known so much trouble, but his writing is so gorgeous. 2w
ReadingEnvy @batsy yes I really felt that privilege or maybe denial, but he really did capture that feeling of being rich in a beautiful place 2w
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ReadingEnvy
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It's baaaaaaack

Billypar It's been awhile! If it comes up in a tbr explode session, I think that means it belongs in the 'keep' pile 😁 3w
Zelma 😳😂😂😂😂😂 3w
ReadingEnvy @Billypar ha! A sign! 3w
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Running in the Family | Michael Ondaatje
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#maymoviemagic #dontstopmenow #howfarillgo
#twopromptsatonce 😂
“Don‘t stop me now I don‘t know how far I‘ll go” is the kind of thing Michael Ondaatje‘s father might have said when a croquet game went wrong and he started brandishing a gun. This memoir of Michael‘s childhood is full of anecdotes and tall tales - which he admits might have grown taller with telling over the years.

Centique @Cinfhen btw it‘s not my good memory with these backlisters- it‘s cos I went through my old shelves and library records a while ago and made a list 😋 7mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! Thanks for setting the record straight 😘😘😘 7mo
batsy Oh, good pick! I enjoyed this one a lot ❤️ 7mo
rohit-sawant Awesome multitasking! 🙌🏼 💜 This one sounds interesting. 7mo
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"And so its name changed, as well as its shape ... the wife of many marriages, courted by invaders who stepped ashore and claimed everything with the power of their sword or bible or language."

LeahBergen I love Ondaatje! 3y
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