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Ondaatje, Michael (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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From the celebrated author ofThe English PatientandIn the Skin of a Lioncomes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is riven by an incident of violence--of both hand and heart--that sets fire to the rest of their lives. Divisaderotakes us from the city of San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and eventually to the landscape of south-central France. It is here, outside a small rural village, that Anna becomes immersed in the life and the world of a writer from an earlier time--Lucien Segura. His compelling story, which has its beginnings at the turn of the century, circles around "the raw truth" of Anna's own life, the one she's left behind but can never truly leave. And as the narrative moves back and forth in time and place, we discover each of the characters managing to find some foothold in a present rough hewn from the past. Breathtakingly evoked and with unforgettable characters,Divisaderois a multilayered novel about passion, loss, and the unshakable past, about the often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. It is Michael Ondaatje's most intimate and beautiful novel to date. From the Hardcover edition.
Authors: Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
Title: Divisadero
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 273 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael Ondaatje
ISBN: 9780307266354
Branch Call Number: FICTION ONDAATJE
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A lyical and enchanting writer, I would gladly abide for a time in the world of any one of his books and this one was no exception. He is a keen observer of the landscape, both of the natural world and of the human heart. I thank him for yet another wonderful book.

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  • gloryb rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This novel disappointed me. Even those parts that others found intriguing...Cooper, Anna and Claire stories set in US... were a bit of a yawn for me. I really don't want to read several pages on the process of using opiates like heroin. Made me wonder if Ondaatje even needed to do research on that topic. I closed the book when half way through the author starts another story line set in France.

Report This Jun 17, 2011
  • tamaravh rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Only the first half of this book is good - but it is the most accessible and enjoyable book by Ondaatje that I've ever read. I'd tell anyone who asked me to go ahead and try it out - but remember, only the first half is worth the read.

A great novel, beautifully written, I've listened to the audio book version several times, it is that good.

Report This Sep 16, 2009
  • dotdotdot rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Beautiful words and descriptions. I was left wanting by the end. There seemed to be more that needed to be written about the characters and their interconnection ... or were the characters merely a part of another book by the "old" writer?

Report This Jun 15, 2009
  • wendybird rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

beautifully written, as one would expect... perhapsmore accessible thansome other novels by Ondaatje.

Report This Mar 29, 2008
  • pgmitch rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Episodic, loosely organized, beautifully written -- another Ondaatje novel. Maybe it's just me, but this one didn't stick in my head as stubbornly as, say, In the Skin of a Lion. Maybe I'm just getting a little impatient with all of Ondaatje's characters being essentially the same: alone, melancholy, frightfully intelligent, poetically articulate.

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