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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: September 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Ellis | 1/25/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 1/22/2014

    " This book opens up the possibilities of the memoir form. A mix of poetry, fantasy, story, stories about story. It is kind of floaty and dream-like, but it is grounded in the visceral. The words are just phenomenal. I could just follow this book word-to-word, forgetting each as I went along, and I would still love the thing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esme Ellis | 1/20/2014

    " As with the Cat's Table this book has very personal associations for me. But objectively, I'd rate it as one of my best reads. It was the reason I began looking for others by the same author and have thoroughly enjoyed every un-putdownable page of them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janey Bennett | 1/13/2014

    " I don't know what to make of this book. It's an account of generations of wild, impetuous, narcissistic people, colonials in an exotic location (Sri Lanka), behaving badly and then destructively, dying, divorcing, drinking, described with a distance, a dissociation, that makes them both part of the "I say, Old Chap" colonial tradition and a heartbreaking journey for a sensitive child of such people. I know why he wrote it: he puts these large characters in a shopcase and can look at them from some safety. It's amazing he became the writer he is (one of my favorites!) after such an early life, but I don't find anything to enlarge my understanding of these narcissists from his description. He stays with the gags. Compare this to Alfred and Emily, by Doris Lessing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alba | 1/12/2014

    " Ondaatje's prose here is poised delicately on the cusp of poetry. A beautiful book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica | 12/19/2013

    " Michael Ondaatje comes from an old Dutch Sri Lankan family. What runs through his family is talent, charm, madness, sucide, alcoholism. This book is utterly captivating and heartbreaking, as is Ondaatje's family. The writing is superb and this book is sure to lodge in your memory "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meilan | 9/2/2013

    " total inspiration. he does what i've been trying to do. could re-read over and over. he manages to include an amazing amount of detail and character in brief vignettes. his mix of prose and poetry is smooth and the language is beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 8/4/2013

    " Wow wow wow wow wow. That about sums it up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 5/3/2013

    " Loved the passage in this book describing the flood that took away his grandmother. Reminded me of something Gabriel Garcia Marquez would write... absolutely amazing... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lester | 2/25/2013

    " I more than really liked this book! Michael Ondaatje is such a visual writer and I enjoy his works greatly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 10/22/2012

    " magical book must read more by him "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/2/2012

    " A really charming memoir of Ondaatje going back to Sri Lanka and talking about his family history. Well written, funny, and quite tender. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eunice | 6/10/2012

    " A wonderful reconstruction of an amazing period in a wonderdful country and a family who were truly eccentric but also the most amazing survivors. I read it in one go on the plane from Dubai to Glasgow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rushda | 3/27/2012

    " In short, paradisal perfection, if that made sense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jojo Richardson | 11/8/2011

    " A lyrical family history, spanning several generations of the Ondaatje family in Sri Lanka. It takes the scenic route through the past, blending poetry and storytelling, and illuminating the characters that shaped his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 10/17/2011

    " I loved that this was a personal narrative of Ondaatje, and the life he lived while growing up in Sri Lanka. It is also very interesting to see the personal side of the political struggles that took place during the war there. He writes with humor and insight here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/14/2011

    " Wonderful. A mix of memories, quotes, family legend, photos, and poetry, this is, as Ondaatje says in the Acknowledgments, "not a history but a portrait or "gesture"" of the life of his parents and grandparents in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lani | 5/12/2011

    " The story is outlandish, very beautifully written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stargrave | 5/4/2011

    " A desultory collection of short blurbs about his family and Sri Lanka. Occasionally interesting but the constant abrupt conclusions have a forced neatness, oft missing the intended clever punch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rajiv | 3/25/2011

    " Fantastic read which had me in fits of laughter what with the sponge boob, train stopping and the eccentricities of the multi ethnic ancestors of the writer. The emotions brought out are very earthy and poignant while the picture painted of early Ceylon is exotic and almost surreal! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bebe | 2/24/2011

    " 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 Daniel | 2/13/2011

    " I read it in my senior year of high school, and I thought it was one of the worst books I had ever read. It's very disjointed style pretty much biased my view towards memoirs up until this point, although someday I think I probably should give it another shot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/8/2011

    " Ondaatje is a great writer. This is autobiographical and interesting but not as good as some of his other stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 12/10/2010

    " Holy cannoli, a wonderful, luscious memoir. Understated, pitch-perfect. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellis | 11/2/2010

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwen | 10/14/2010

    " Lush and lushes--both covered in poetic narrative. "

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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.