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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth that we have come to know as the hallmarks of his writing.

The time is our own time. The place is Sri Lanka, the island nation formerly known as Ceylon, off the southern tip of India, a country steeped in centuries of cultural achievement and tradition—and forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of civil war and the consequences of a country divided against itself.

Into this maelstrom steps a young woman, Anil Tissera, born in Sri Lanka, educated in England and America, a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human rights group to work with local officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island.

Bodies are discovered. Skeletons. And particularly one, nicknamed ‘Sailor.’ What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past—all propelled by a riveting mystery.

Unfolding against the deeply evocative background of Sri Lanka’s landscape and ancient civilization, Anil’s Ghost is a literary spellbinder—the most powerful novel we have yet had from Michael Ondaatje.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Luc | 2/13/2014

    " Mooi geschreven boek, dat bij mij heel wat herinneringen opwekte van onze reis in Sri Lanka en de discussies over de problematische politieke toestand daar. Heb ik vooral daarom graag gelezen... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Hayley | 1/30/2014

    " i had to read this as a prescribed text for my extension english 1 course at school, from a crime fiction perspective too. I know this book has the begginings of a cult following but i just really couldnt get into it. I am appreciative of Ondaatjes style and amazing construction and i think if i approached this book through a diffrent route, rather then being forced to read and analyse it... i possibly may have liked it... perhaps another time? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Matt Gough | 1/30/2014

    " This was the same author that wrote The English Patient, so I knew that I was in for some beautiful, poetic language. The language was there, but the plot was not. In the novel, Anil goes back to Sri Lanka as a forensic scientist. She finds a skeleton and hopes to pin the murder on the government. The book gets bogged down by the memories and nostalgia of Anil, Sarath, and the other characters. I really don't care about character's memories if it has nothing to do with the plot. This book seemed to be about the author wanting to write short, lyric memories of diverse characters without paying much attention to the development of any plot. Eh, not as good as The English Patient by a long shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marik Casmon | 1/22/2014

    " This is a good novel that I also might have given four stars. The writing is quite good. The setting is a civil war(s) in Sri Lanka. There are a few characters and all are well-defined, especially the heroine, a forensic detective. I felt the book built up steam as it went along until the ending which disappointed me, but would not discourage me recommending this book to others. "

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