Read by Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Ondaatje is here at his agile and evocative best . . . Brightly colored, sweet and painful, bloody-midned and otherworldly, [Running in the Family] achieves the status of legend."
In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka.Â Â Recording his journey through he druglike heat and intoxicating fragrances of the "pendant off the ear of India", Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family.Â Â It is a story of broken engagements and drunken suicide attempts, of parties where exquisitely dressed couples tango in the jungle, a tale whose actors pursue lives of Baudelairean excess with impeccable decorum.
Lyrical and witty, tragic and deliriously romantic, Running in the family is an inspired marriage of travel narrative andÂ Â family memoir by one of our most eloquent and poetic writers.
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