Warlight: A novel by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight: A novel

byMichael Ondaatje

Kobo ebook | May 8, 2018

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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling 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.

Title:Warlight: A novelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 8, 2018Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771073798

ISBN - 13:9780771073793

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was damn good! The plot takes place in 1945 London with Nathaniel and his older sister Rachel just after WWll. The teens are left with a man they call The Moth who has many questionable friends that are constantly coming and going out of the house. Nathaniel soon gets involved in some illegal activity and starts sneaking into empty houses with a girl who calls herself Agnes. The book focuses more on Nathaniel as he's the narrator, almost like we are reading his memoir. We learn who these questionable characters are and why they play an important role in the teenagers lives. Some are shocking. Further into the story we learn that Nathaniel and Rachel's mom is not at all the person who she says she is, and the last half of the book has an adult Nathaniel digging into his moms secret life during WWll and he discovers a huge bombshell that has to do with his first love the girl Agnes.
Date published: 2019-01-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh | Take a pass | Really? If you are expecting the brilliance of English Patient skip this book. In fact, just skip this book. It's really uninspired and does little to enagage the reader.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh Was merely mediocre for me. Story had some interesting aspects but couldn't really get invested in the characters and wasn't very captivated. I've loved his works in the past but this one was disappointing.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Take a Pass I am a voracious reader of all genres and this book did little to capture my interest or attention. I didn't really care why Nathan and Rachel's parents left and I cared even less for the two of them. I found the characters to be one dimensional and the story to be painfully slow. It is rare for me to give up on finishing a book, but I couldn't bring myself to read on past the section break around page 100.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Another great novel by this master storyteller. Could be up for multiple book awards this year.
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Michael Ondaatje's books are creative and intriguing!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved this book! I really enjoyed reading this book, its my first time reading a book by this author but I will check out some of his other work as well!
Date published: 2018-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Confused; good though Cant tell if i liked this book. Finished it... without much of a bang. I dont know -- probably would not reccomend but if you come across in a library; worth the take out.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not my favourite I was so excited to read one of my favourite authors' newest book. Have to say, it was not my favourite of all his books. Not sure why.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovely Engaging, inspiring and mind blowing. This story will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging An engaging page turner. The scenes are set in the 1940's so it's interesting to immerse oneself in the past.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I have to re-read BUT a few un-needed F-words that stopped enjoyment I can read books with swear words that fit the scene or character but in the midst of otherwise an almost prose-like narrative the character describing how they F....ed was not in keeping for me with the tale or characters of 1940's. The book is otherwise a really good story so I will and am re-reading it.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing Engaging, inspiring and mind blowing. This story will stay with you long after you have turned the final page.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Filled with anticipation... I'm waiting inline patiently to read this latest...what is sure to be another work of art from Truly one of his best authors!! Michael Ondaatje is a complete genius and has written an eloquent and eventful story...that everyone should read!!!!
Date published: 2018-05-12