Warlight (Pre-Recorded Audio Player)

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"In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals." From this first sentence Ondaatje pulls readers into the dimness of wartime London, remembered by narrator Nathaniel, who describes his teenage years in an unusual household, the eccentric members of which turn out to have played a much more complex role than young Nathaniel realized. Many things are hidden in the dimness of the "warlight," not the least of which is the real reason for his parents' disappearance. Later, as an adult working for the intelligence service, Nathaniel is able to gradually fill in the details of his mother's life and attempt to understand the impact of his unusual upbringing on his own life and that of his sister. The real magic of this book, as in his other novels, is Ondaatje's evocative writing, his lyrical and elegant descriptions, his masterful storytelling -- all of which made me want to start reading the book from the beginning again as soon as I had finished it. Highly recommended.

— Alice

May 2018 Indie Next List

“With his usual virtuosity, master storyteller Michael Ondaatje delivers a mysterious, shimmering new coming-of-age novel. Warlight is the unexpected story of two teenagers abandoned by their enigmatic parents in post-war London. Casually watched over by a dodgy cast of characters - petty criminals, opera singers, and panting greyhounds - Nathaniel and Rachel try to make sense of their new world while struggling to define their parents' shadowy wartime pasts. Years later, Nathaniel embarks on a quest to discover the disturbing truth, and his own unwitting part in it. Balancing poignance with surprising comic touches, Warlight is a stellar addition to the Ondaatje canon.”
— Chrysler Szarlan, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA

Product Details
ISBN: 9781509483877
ISBN-10: 150948387X
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: May 8th, 2018
Language: English