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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Hope Davis Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN:
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In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is riven by an incident of violence that sets fire to the rest of their lives.

Divisadero takes us from the city of San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and eventually to the landscape of south-central France. As the narrative moves back and forth in time and place, we discover each of the characters managing to find some foothold in a present rough hewn from the past.

Breathtakingly evoked and with unforgettable characters, Divisadero is a multilayered novel about passion, loss, and the unshakable past, about the often discordant demands of family, love, and memory. It is Michael Ondaatje's most intimate and beautiful novel to date. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David W. | 2/9/2014

    " I got lost when they moved from generation to generation and then finally left Anna, Claire and Coop somewhere. Do not know how the two sections were connected or why he went where he did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/5/2014

    " I feel like I should have liked this book more than I did; I was distracted while I read it and feel like another read-through might redeem the book a bit for me...But there are bigger fish to fry... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Randi | 1/27/2014

    " i spent a long time thinking about this book after i finished it --think he is a fabulous writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 1/21/2014

    " I love Ondaatje and push his works on all my friends, even though he's not for everyone and I, predictably, liked this more than anyone else in my book group - although I didn't think it was one of his best books by far. It seemed disjointed, but clearly that was intentional. Alot of the characaters were powerfully written, but then left unresolved. The issues of loss and how lives can be shaped by being interwoven with others was well done, but much of the book seemed to have extraneous stuff that wasn't clear why it was in there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 1/5/2014

    " This book was a little disturbing and okay, not great. I think it was written okay, just didn't hold my attention a great deal, though it didn't take that long to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 12/25/2013

    " This is a beautiful book. One of my favorite novels "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Miller | 12/18/2013

    " Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (2007) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Palo | 12/17/2013

    " Similar themes and style as English Patient & Anil's Ghost, but still very worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron | 11/6/2013

    " Love it - best book I read last year "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thalia | 8/4/2013

    " it never finished a single thread - fustrating! Sometimes beautiful language isn't enough "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janel | 5/22/2013

    " Excellent book that seems to uncoil itself as we discussed it in book club. It just kept getting better the more we talked about it. I wouldn't have liked it as much had I not had people to talk about it with. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neekro | 1/28/2013

    " Did not get into it and put it down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 11/9/2012

    " I appreciated the dynamics/irony of the Coop character- but hearing about the sisters (and their parallel lives) got pretty dull by the second half of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 4/10/2012

    " This is a generous rating. What's happened to you Michael Ondaatje? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Otis | 3/7/2012

    " Again, I found myself captivated by Ondaatje's prose. Perhaps a more glancing, less penetrating narrative than some of past work, but no less gorgeous for it. Easyily entered, it leaves its own mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joellen | 1/10/2012

    " I LOVE Ondaatje's writing... like reading poetry. This is a beautifully written story that I ate up until the end. I just did not "get" the ending until discussing it with a friend who had also read it. I think I'm "getting it" now. It's a story that sticks with you... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eve | 1/7/2012

    " Two sisters live with their father and a farm hand until a tragedy sets each of them on their own path. Michael Ondaatje weaves a beautiful intersection of stories, blurring the boundaries of fantasy, memory and reality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renee | 10/24/2011

    " Maybe I just don't get it. I didn't care for the characters and the story did not interest me at all! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Jeans | 9/15/2011

    " I lingered over this book for weeks and re-read it. A slow pleasure. I'm an Ondaatje fan and I was captivated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/15/2011

    " A strangely woven tale that begins in the 1970's in northern California and ends in France, the original characters having virtually disappeared from this chronologically whimsical narrative. That said, the prose is beautifully descriptive, making this work a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 5/4/2011

    " Beautifully written. I didn't want this book to end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lizette | 4/7/2011

    " i don't know about this one. it started out good but the ending left a lot to be desired. i give it a "meh" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wog | 3/29/2011

    " Couldn't get through the book despite my love for many of his other books (Anil's Ghost, English Patient, Running in the Family). Agree with many of the other reviewers. Couldn't get into the story, didn't like the characters, writing was flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alina | 3/23/2011

    " Beautiful writing, as always. Gorgeous fragmented, joined stories. I just couldn't help but wish for a little more circling back on the Cooper/Anna/Claire unions. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir, and eleven books of poetry. His novel, The English Patient, won the Booker Prize and became the basis for the Oscar-winning movie of the same name. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Hope Davis has starred in more than twenty feature films, including Arlington Road, American Splendor, and Next Stop Wonderland. Also an accomplished stage actress, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage