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Running In The Family

by Michael Ondaatje

Blackstone Audiobooks | April 30, 2006 | Audio Book (CD)

Running In The Family is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
2 cassettes / 3 hours
Read by Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Ondaatje is here at his agile and evocative best . . . Brightly colored, sweet and painful, bloody-midned and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend".
-Margaret Atwood
In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. Recording his journey through he druglike heat and intoxicating fragrances of the "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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 6.44 × 6.38 × 1.13 in

Published: April 30, 2006

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786170433

ISBN - 13: 9780786170432

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic prose and autobiography Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family is definitely not your typical memoir; Ondaatje writes his return to Sri Lanka in such a way that fact and fiction are blended together so perfectly, coupled with a poetic prose and descriptions of an immaculate landscape. Running in the Family may only be 174 pages, but for such a small book it is bursting with life -- almost making you wish it just a bit longer. Some people could be a bit turned off by the disjointed nature of the book as it is filled with so many different characters and riddle with poems, notes, and dialogue. However, Ondaatje's ability to depict the world of Sri Lanka makes the reader never want to leave. Ondaatje puts other writes to shame. A great read.
Date published: 2010-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read. I had to read this book for my Canadian fiction class and to be honest at first I didn't think I would like it. A couple chapters in, however, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. My favorite chapter was "Monsoon Notebook (i). I still can't figure out if this is a memoir, auto-biography, or what. It doesn't seem to fit into a certain genre, not that there is anything wrong with that, of course.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pastoral at its best A wonderful look inside the author's childhood, and the legends that bind families together forever.
Date published: 2002-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Running in the Family A fine memoir written in 1982, ten years before the mega-hit The English Patient. There is poetry, prose and photographs throughout, lending a realness to the story. We travel from Canada, where Ondaatje makes his home, back to the exotic Ceylon, to learn about the origins of the Ondaatje family and friends. With all of their inconsistencies, the writer's family leads a carefree life in the 20s and 30s, but we learn of their eventual demise. Ondaatje is a poignant storyteller with a unique presentation of words. I highly recommend this fascinating journey of days gone by.
Date published: 1999-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Running in the Family A fine memoir written in 1982, ten years before the mega-hit The English Patient. There is poetry, prose and photographs throughout, lending a realness to the story. We travel from Canada, where Ondaatje makes his home, back to the exotic Ceylon, to learn about the origins of the Ondaatje family and friends. With all of their inconsistencies, the writer's family leads a carefree life in the 20s and 30s, but we learn of their eventual demise. Ondaatje is a poignant storyteller with a unique presentation of words. I highly recommend this fascinating journey of days gone by.
Date published: 1998-12-27

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Running In The Family

by Michael Ondaatje

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 6.44 × 6.38 × 1.13 in

Published: April 30, 2006

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0786170433

ISBN - 13: 9780786170432

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2 cassettes / 3 hours
Read by Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Ondaatje is here at his agile and evocative best . . . Brightly colored, sweet and painful, bloody-midned and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend".
-Margaret Atwood
In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. Recording his journey through he druglike heat and intoxicating fragrances of the "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.

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2 cassettes / 3 hours
Read by Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Ondaatje is here at his agile and evocative best . . . Brightly colored, sweet and painful, bloody-midned and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend."
-Margaret Atwood
In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. Recording his journey through he druglike heat and intoxicating fragrances of the "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.

Editorial Reviews

"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 [Ondaat
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