Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the s . Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the. Anne Enright first read Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion as a creative writing student. Beautiful and highly contagious, it seems to do.

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Goss, Michael Ondaatje and the Imag in ing of Toronto”. I should scrawl it across the front cover, “Don’t try this on your own typewriter”, though it is a computer, 20 years on.

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This is pomo in ways that are by now familiar: Sometimes I didn’t believe the dialogue, but was carried along anyway. And I love that stuff, because it is awesome. It would have helped if there were a single character to anchor me to the narrative, but they all feel interchangeable, even Patrick.

Nov 23, Maciek rated it really liked it Shelves: You will be hugely rewarded. I had no end of people telling me that this was one of the most divine, perfectly written books EVER. As one of the quotes I’ve marked from this says: It is a highly contagious book.

I struggled to sympathise with a single one. In the course of his adventures, Patrick’s life intersects with those sjin characters who reappear in Ondaatje’s Booker Priz Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth.

Patrick rents an apartment in a Macedonian neighborhood. I loved the writing, and I managed to read it fairly quickly, but overall I wasn’t too invested in the characters and plot. They could have done that during the day. Beside them a pickaxe and a lamp, their dirt-streaked faces pivoting to look towards the camera. With moving and coping with all that entails, I know I was only reading a few pages in bed at night before falling into a coma. Jun 23, Shauna Hruby rated it liked it.


Retrieved from ” https: At the time, I thought he was a romantic figure; now I think of this revenant as some version of myself that I tried to kill, but could not, in the spring of Waston and McLeod ondaate the use of a “searcher-figure” in Patrick, and by extension the narrator of the story, who act as observers finding “‘truths'” in order to construct a cohesive history representative michae all the parts that created it.

I hate feeling like one of those people who just completely missed the point of the exercise. So much of this book exists on the perilous edge between something fear and whimsy. There are surprises in his writing; two years can pass in a paragraph, a man can go from perfect peace to being literally set on fire, a nun can be ghe from certain death, and during the space of hours, she can cut her habit with a pair of shears and leave behind the life she’d known.

Some passages I found intriguing–notably the ones about the workers building the viaduct, tunneling under Lake Ontario, and laboring in the tannery–Ondaatje has a knack for describing the dirtiest and most dangerous sorts of work loon helping the reader understand what it is like. It works on that same inaccessible part of my brain as the nun’s plummet from the uncompleted bridge. I was worried about her. Caravaggio michzel Patrick to his wife.

Patrick seems to do things, once in a while, including some fairly risky actions with explosives, but I was too disengaged to be able to speak intelligently about why he might have done this. Patrick asks Hana to drive to Marmora. The best book I’ve read in 5 years. Patrick escapes to his hotel room and is visited by Clara, who dresses his wounds and makes love to him before returning to Small.

Little or no concern is taken in regards to their living quarters. I have given the narration performance four stars. I re-read this novel about once a year, and every time the first cracking of the spine is an almost spiritual experience. Caravaggio recalls his first robbery, in the course of which he broke his ankle while retrieving a painting, so he had hidden in a mushroom factory where a young woman named Giannetta helped him recover, with whom he had escaped by dressing as a woman.

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In the Skin of a Lion is a novel of blood, sweat, and tears of the immigrants who helped build one of the hubs of our nation. View on 32 comments. Account Options Sign in. I understand why people like at least some of his work. As readers, we are there in the ondqatje of the bridge, alongside immigrant labor.

It is possibly one of the most rewarding books I’ve ever read. I got through the first fifty or so pages solely because of the poetic language ondataje this book. For a moment, while the film receives the image, everything is still, the other tunnel workers silent.

You will remember many scenes in this book for weeks – the nuns being tossed around by the wind on an unfinished bridge, a daring escape from prison, a confrontation ending in a molotov cocktail between a rich man who wants to disappear and the searcher that is looking for him to retrieve the woman he loves, and a final denouement at the Palace of Purification that is at the same time sad, thrilling and reaffirming of the basic decency of a human being.

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City of Toronto Archive. Mar 12, Laura rated it really liked it Recommended to Laura by: View all 8 comments. You must make it human. In he settled in Toronto. Maybe, that is, I should write about the girl rocking all night under the Irish tricolour and listening to her rebel songs.

This was one of his first novels, and I kichael forward to reading more of his. Harris Water Treatment Plant by immigrant labor with poor pay and working conditions.