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Warlight (2018)

de Michael Ondaatje

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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.… (més)
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I spent most of the first half of the book hoping they'd switch narrators and just tell the mother's story, and then when we sort of got a glimpse into her wartime adventures I was SO BORED. The reveal at the end was...not nearly as interesting/dramatic/sad as I was expecting, as I got closer and closer to the end. I usually love books about WWII! This was too boring. ( )
  cefreedman | Jul 1, 2022 |
Beautifully descriptive stories of eccentrics, rebels, and nonconformists drifting in and out of somber, moody scenery.
I loved this book. It was refreshingly unique, aesthetically melancholic, with a number of fiercely independent and intelligent women characters. ( )
  ninam0 | Jun 22, 2022 |
I’m not sure I can claim to have read this book very well - one of my first attempts at an audio book - but it’s 2 1/2 stars from me. I found this quite uninteresting, despite its potentially interesting subject matter (WW2 espionage in England). Nothing much happens - a man recounts his childhood and tries to piece together his mother’s work as a spy. Perhaps it was the narration, which I didn’t feel ‘matched’ the story - a bit dreary and uninspiring. The narrator’s attempt to speak in a female voice particularly irritated me. ( )
  Mercef | Mar 23, 2022 |
I wish we could hear more from Rose on the choices she made i.e. why she entered the world of intelligence at the risk of sacrificing her family. We don't even know how she died aside from an oblique reference that the glass pane was shattered, and we have to be satisfied with the fragments that Nathaniel picked up and patched with his imagination. Nathaniel cuts a melancholy figure at the end of the book, trying to survive with 'barely held stories', and 'gathering what was invisible and unspoken', 'sewing it all together in order to survive'. Rereading this, he is just doing what many of us do - using our imagination to try to understand the situation. If we don't do this, we won't be able to survive and we will drown in melancholy or pity. ( )
  siok | Jan 22, 2022 |
Shortly after the end of WWII, Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are left in the care of a family friend when their parents travel to Asia for work. But their caretaker has a strange circle of friends with varying levels of criminality that draws in the siblings in different ways. Both at that time and over a decade later, Nathaniel tries to reconstruct what was truly happening around him and how it has made him the man he is.

I often find Ondaatje a challenging reading experience and Warlight was no exception. The narrative meanders like the rivers that Nathaniel spends time traveling and the line between his memories and his conjectures are fuzzy. While he explores how blind Nathaniel is to everything around him in the narcissistic way of many teens, he leaves tantalizing hints of who the other people who surround the protagonist might truly be. An excellent book club pick, I recognize Ondaatje's skill but while the read was interesting I didn't find it particularly enjoyable. ( )
  MickyFine | Jan 20, 2022 |
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Ondaatje’s shrewd character study plays out in a smart, sophisticated drama, one worth the long wait for fans of wartime intrigue.
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By now we know what we are going to get from an Ondaatje novel: A moody, murky, lightly pretentious and mostly nonlinear investigation of lives and stories that harbor tantalizing gaps.

There will be disquisitions on arcane topics including, frequently, mapmaking. Wartime and/or criminality will feature in the foreground or background. The nature of storytelling will be weighed and found fascinating. The spine of the plot, unlike the spine of a steamed fish, will be nearly impossible to remove whole.....Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” is his best since “The English Patient.” That sounds like a publicist’s dream quote, but perhaps it isn’t exactly. I was among that sodality of readers who didn’t cotton to “The English Patient,” finding it merely moody, murky and lightly pretentious, a tone poem in search of a whetstone....There’s an unpleasant sense that Ondaatje is regaling us rather than simply putting across a story. In his overweening interest in secrets and tall tales, in his relish for how stories are told, he’s taken the Salman Rushdie exit off the Paul Auster turnpike....Yet his burnished, lukewarm sentences don’t snap to life like the people he enjoys. Reading him on these scruffy men and women is like listening to someone try to play “Long Tall Sally” on solo cello. It’s not awful, but it’s weird.
 
We are in familiar Ondaatje territory here – sensuous prose, curious characters, missing threads, unstable footings. But which of these fragments has real significance? “Do we eventually become what we are originally meant to be?” ponders the narrator – and the reader – as each searches for meaning....This mesmerizing novel begins in 1945, when Nathaniel’s parents disappear, leaving Nathaniel, then 14, and his 16-year old sister in a grimy, postwar South London, “in the care of two men who may have been criminals.” Ostensibly, both parents are going to Singapore for a year, for their father’s new job. Meanwhile, the two men – Walter (tagged “the Moth” by the children for his “shy movements”) and “the Pimlico Darter” (an ex-welterweight boxer) – fill the house with bizarre visitors....Every sentence that Ondaatje writes defies gravity with its elegance, yet is weighty with significance. Water rushes out of taps “like time itself.” There are baffling loose ends and moments of tension. And yet, underneath the uncertainty there is a sturdy cohesion that makes this one of Ondaatje’s most successful and satisfying novels.
 
A boy alone in postwar London is drawn into shadowy worlds in this suspenseful yet frustrating story from the English Patient author....Michael Ondaatje likes writing about uncertainties, mysteries and doubts, not quite with the Keatsian ambition of resisting “any irritable reaching after fact and reason”, but because he relishes the idea of thoughts being fluid and characters essentially unknowable....scenes are habitually softened by half-lights, and all action and most reflection are slowed by rich (some would say overwritten) prose. Hence, too, the procedures of his other novels, in which similarly striking narrative potential is mostly kept in check, or actually stifled...In Ondaatje’s new novel, his eighth, his appetite for imprecision is stronger than ever..Rather than closing the book convinced that psychological insights have been generated by Jamesian withholdings, we might equally well feel that characters have been flattened by our simply not knowing enough about them, and that our interest in their doings is diminished by the same means.
 

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From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement. In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

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