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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 is the author of such award-winning novels as In the Skin of a Lion and Anil's Ghost, which won both the Giller and the Governor General's Award in 2000. In 1996, his Booker Prize-winning novel, The English Patient, was adapted for film, eventually winning nine Academy Awards. Born in Sri Lanka (when it was still called Ceylon) and educated in England, Ondaatje moved to Canada in 1962. He lives in Toronto with his wife, novelist Linda Spalding.
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"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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