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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Ondaatje Narrator: Michael Ondaatje Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the late 1970s, Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. Recording his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that pendant off the ear of India, Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. 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 and family memoir by one of our most poetic writers.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carey B. | 2/13/2014

    " Dreamlike & sultry...I LOVE reading about places so outside my realm of experience, especially if they're set in tropical places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/2/2014

    " I had read bits of this book in a book of Ondaatje excerpts that Nick gave me for our first Christmas many moons ago. I saw this on his shelf and grabbed it to take to work with me because it was thin, he loves this author, and I was curious to read more. This book has a kind of peaceful mood about it. It definitely does not read like a linear novel, but is rather a collection of stories based on his family's oral tradition, poems, and memories. Sometimes the stories are more amusing than others, and I think it's really interesting to think about how much of these anecdotes actually happened. It is really beautiful and Ondaatje is a wonderful writer. This is a good book for a quiet day or a time when you can tune out and really picture the stories he paints with love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bebe | 1/28/2014

    " Book on CD - abridged version, would have liked the entire story. Should have been read by someone other than the author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ellis | 1/25/2014

    " Horrible. I read this because I thought it would be about running (the physical activity). Nope. "

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