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Michael Ondaatje
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Warlight

Michael Ondaatje


9781784708344

Vintage


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Historical fiction


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224 pages

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LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018

In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. 

It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends- men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be?

A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn?t know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.

 


By:   Michael Ondaatje
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   213g
ISBN:   9781784708344
ISBN 10:   1784708348
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize, and was adapted into a multi-award winning Oscar movie; and Anil?s Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Medicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.


Warlight sucked me in deeper than any novel I can remember... fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself. -- Alex Preston * Observer * From the very first sentence you're desperate to find out what happens next... All is slowly, tantalisingly revealed, in flashbacks, fragments, digressions and stories within stories, narrated in majestic Ondaatjean style. -- Ian Sansom * New Statesman * Place your bets - with this glorious new book... Ondaatje could be in line for another Booker. -- Anthony Cummins * Metro * Ondaatje's first novel in seven years mesmerizes from start to finish. -- Hephzibah Anderson * Mail on Sunday * Ondaatje's spare and evocative prose perfectly captures the crumbled austerity of post-war London... this is easily his most satisfying and seductive novel in years. -- Richard Strachan * Herald Scotland *


  • Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 (UK)
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