Running in the Family

Recommended by Michelle Jana Chan, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #2 in Sri Lanka

Twenty-five years after leaving his native Sri Lanka for the winters of Canada, a dream of tropical heat and barking dogs lures Michael Ondaatje to return home and revisit a childhood and a family he never fully understood. Ondaatje gathers anecdotes, poems and memories to piece together this portrait of the colourful stories and secrets of his ancestors. less

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Michelle Jana Chan It would be impossible for me to draw the lines of where Ondaatje transitions from fact to fiction. Maybe even for him it would be impossible. He himself says: ‘Truth disappears with history and gossip tells us in the end nothing of personal relationships.' (Source)

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