Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the s . Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the. Anne Enright first read Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion as a creative writing student. Beautiful and highly contagious, it seems to do.

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In the Skin of a Lion

Toronto is a teeming, vibrant multicultural community, so much so that the main character from backwoods Ontario feels like the outsider. One night, five nuns wander onto the unfinished bridge and one falls off.

Kendra Strand Yes, ih articulation of the feeling of “letting a book down” is so relatable. I’m currently rereading this small novel which I think is a masterpiece of restrained and beautiful writing.

Mine was a bridge builder in Canada, who hanged himself from the end of the uncompleted span. All works that I can recognize as inspired and poetic, but which I really just failed to appreciate as much as I had expected or would skjn liked.

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Each person had their moment when they assumed the skins of wild animals, when they took hte for the story. I suspect that years from now it will be difficult for me to remember the details of the novel, but what will stay with me are the images Ondaatje manages to lin swiftly and without any real effort: Each of these functions as a single note in the major chord that is the “worker-hero” Nicholas Temelcoff.


Oxford University Press, In it we learn about the two characters Hana and Caravaggio. I didn’t take to this book.

Harris, the city’s Commissioner of Public Works often visits the bridge at night. Jul 22, Kaelee rated it did not like it.

In Skin of a Lion

He moved to England with his mother in Caravaggio enters the cottage of a woman whom he met on the lake and calls his wife to let her know he’s all right. There are times when it feels like one or all three of these … but those times are difficult to distinguish from each other.

Instead I sat there, wondering how to turn myself into “a writer”, thinking that dying might be some kind of short cut; much easier, certainly, than writing an actual book. Aug 09, Will rated it it was amazing Shelves: Books by Michael Ondaatje. I was on the creative writing course, and by the spring term I was living almost entirely by night, micyael the other lights go out and come back on, sometime before dawn.

History often fails to give immigrants the merit they are due. Patrick visits Skinn and learns about Hana, her nine-year-old daughter.

I think I would have found them ondxatje interesting had I known of their earlier experiences. I was lucky to read a good Turkish translation but would very much love to read the original again.

Account Options Sign in. There is a quote in the book that seems to sum up my feelings of this book: It seems to do impossible things.


We learn that Alice has died suddenly and that Patrick committed the arson out of anger.

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Sexual encounters are drawn with the brush of an artist. Though sparingly described, they seem more familiar than the characters so exhaustively cataloged in much pomo fiction. And I found the large breaks in time in the story confusing and a bit frustrating.

Want to Read saving…. I was worried about her. Will fill your head with unforgettable images – a nun falling from a half built bridge caught by a daredevil construction worker, tunnels illuminated by torchlight under a lake, explosions and prison escapes, necklaces, cows stuck in rivers, a room filled with hanging mysterious puppets slowly twirling, a man painted like the sky, clothes and all, light and sound filling your senses.

I will re read it again though as the language is complex and there are things that still do not make totally sense in my head. After talking to the cottage owner, he returns to his brother-in-law’s house, reuniting with Giannetta. Not signs of a good novel for me! I have given the narration performance four stars. As he speaks in his mesmerizing words his agile hands tent and curl, through the fingers arise images of a hallucinogenic prose.