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Running in the Family

narrator Michael Ondaatje

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The author of The English Patient journeys home in Running in the Family, a spellbinding memoir of an exotic place and time. Multi-award-winning author Michael Ondaatje was born in a country with two names. For him, it is both Sri Lanka and Ceylon.

This classic recording features vintage music from the Jazz Age, along with the soft, sensuous voice of Michael Ondaatje himself. The lush narrative weaves together a charismatic tale that is part family history, part travelogue, and all magic. Against the vivid canvas of colonial Ceylon, Ondaatje burrows into the past. The resultant portrait is one of an intoxicating culture where wealthy families spend their days drinking and gambling and passionate love affairs reign.

At the time of this recording in 1984, Ondaatje was just 41 years old, flush with the success of his early career. He speaks his own words in an intimate, understated tone. Listeners will be seduced by the sound of his voice as well as the beauty of his writing.

About the Author

Michael Ondaatje (born 12 September 1943) is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet of Colombo Chetty and Burgher origin. He is perhaps best known for his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, which was adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film.

He moved to England in 1954, and in 1962 moved to Canada where he has lived ever since. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and began teaching at York University in Toronto in 1971. He published a volume of memoir, entitled Running in the Family, in 1983. His collections of poetry include The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems (1981), which won the Canadian Governor General’s Award in 1971; The Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems (1989); and Handwriting: Poems (1998). His first novel, Coming Through Slaughter (1976), is a fictional portrait of jazz musician Buddy Bolden. The English Patient (1992), set in Italy at the end of the Second World War, was joint winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction and was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1996. Anil’s Ghost (2000), set in Sri Lanka, tells the story of a young female anthropologist investigating war crimes for an international human rights group.

Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto with his wife, Linda Spalding, with whom he edits the literary journal Brick. His new novel is Divisadero (2007).

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Editorial Reviews

"Ondaatje has produced a remarkable book."

— <i>Globe and Mail</i>

"Sheer reading pleasure."

— <i>Washington Post</i>

"Brightly coloured, sweet and painful, bloody-minded and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend."

— Margaret Atwood

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