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It is the 1970s in Northern California. A farmer and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work the land with the help of Coop, the enigmatic young man who lives with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until they are riven by an incident of violence - of both hand and heart. Written in the sensuous prose for which Michael Ondaatje's fiction is celebrated, "Divisadero" is the work of a master story-teller.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 0747594953
  • 9780747594956
  • 1,788,460

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'Hauntingly beautiful ... What an unusual, and unusually rich, experience it is to read Divisadero ... those who spend time within its pages will discover even more proof - not that they needed it - of Michael Ondaatje's peerlessness as a storyteller and poet' Washington Post Book World 'Magnificent ... From its first to last telling sentence, this aesthetic tale, poetic with human detail, is a rare and precious pleasure' USA Today 'Ondaatje is a master at constructing breathtaking passages dropped in as casually as stars in a night sky' Boston Globe 'My life always stops for a new book by Michael Ondaatje. I began Divisadero as soon as it came into my possession and over the course of a few evenings was captivated by Ondaatje's finest novel to date' Jhumpa Lahiri
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About Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of four previous novels, a memoir, a non-fiction book on film and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize; another of his novels, Anil's Ghost, won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize and the Prix Medicis. Born in Sri Lanka, he now lives in Toronto.
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9,362 ratings
3.48 out of 5 stars
5 17% (1,578)
4 34% (3,184)
3 33% (3,116)
2 12% (1,153)
1 4% (331)

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â??Divisaderoâ?? is a street in San Francisco where one character lived. The name probably means 'division' but could come from the Spanish 'divisar' which means 'to gaze at from a distance'. This becomes a metaphor for the book as a whole, and the four main characters. Like most of Ondaatje's other books, this isn't a narrative that follows set literary patterns or rules. And while I felt that there was a type of linear feel to the novel as a whole, the overall feeling I had was more of a shifting spiral. Ondaatje's prose is, as usual, very poetic while being smooth and inviting as well. This is Ondaatje's particular talent and one that I've yet to see equaled by any other author, past or present. Every word seems carefully chosen for its evocative value without any parts of the narration feeling the least bit stilted or bombastic. The writing is superb and the stories here are fascinating with true-to-life characters you can believe in. What's more, this is a book that will absorb you and engage your imagination so much that you might want to read it all over again the moment you've finished the last page.show more
by Davida Chazan
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