Monday, December 10, 2007

Michael Ondaatje's Novel


I spent Saturday afternoon and Sunday reading Michael Ondaatje's latest novel, Divisidero (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007). There is a great deal that I liked about the book--Ondaatje is a fine, lyric writer who also knows how to propel a (very economically written) novel. The book is divided into three parts, and I thought the final section (when Ondaatje goes back in time to explore the life of a writer being studied by one of the book's principal characters) was too detached from what had come before to function as a satisfying resolution of the story.

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