IN THE SKIN OF A LION MICHAEL ONDAATJE PDF

Exact author. Violence, after all, is at times overt and physical in the novel, and at times it is also subtle, complex and psychological. Still, no matter how the violence is presented in the text, it is nonetheless omnipresent, always pulsing beneath the surface of the story and serving as the crucible in which relationships are forged and destroyed. In this reading, the various forms of violence that are witnessed by the reader serve as the best means of understanding the quality of relationships. In other words, through the writing of the text, the author is not simply using violence as a simple plot device, but he is seeking to explore the function and meaning of violence in more general and overarching terms. The reader is introduced to young Patrick Lewis, who helps his father deploy dynamite in order to clear up log jams in a river.

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Start your review of In the Skin of a Lion Write a review Shelves: historical-fiction , canadian-author , literary-pretentious , owned , read Its never a good sign when the first thing you do after finishing a book is to go to its Wikipedia page and scrutinize the plot summary for some hint of what happened.

For some reason, I always choose to read a complex or very literary type of novel on what turn out to be my busiest weeks. I developed a unit for Grade 9s studying A Wizard of Earthsea. The narrative mostly follows one character, Patrick Lewis, son of an explosives expert. In the Skin of a Lion is a novel of blood, sweat, and tears of the immigrants who helped build one of the hubs of our nation.

Ondaatje plays fast and loose with flashbacks, and maybe this says something about my limitations as a reader, but I prefer a straightforward internal chronology. It would have helped if there were a single character to anchor me to the narrative, but they all feel interchangeable, even Patrick.

There is no protagonist because there is no conflict, just the faceless shuffle against the background the inequity of life. Patrick seems to do things, once in a while, including some fairly risky actions with explosives, but I was too disengaged to be able to speak intelligently about why he might have done this. The back cover bills this as a love story.

A love story between whom? Patrick and Clara? Patrick and Alice? People and Toronto? There are times when it feels like one or all three of these … but those times are difficult to distinguish from each other. The present tense submerged the plot and did not let go until all its limbs had quite thrashing and, finally, went limp.

I am dissatisfied not with the book but with me. When I dislike a book, I want to be able to present cogent reasons why. I hate feeling like one of those people who just completely missed the point of the exercise.

Yet the prospect of re-reading this book when my mind is less taxed does not particularly excite me. Such is the ultimate refuge of subjectivity, I suppose: we readers are humans, not book-devouring robots. I know, I know, hard to believe! We have moods and phases, and sometimes a perfect storm of time and tasks and not-the-right-book combine to throw us off our groove.

I can neither recommend this book nor caution others against it. I have another Ondaatje kicking around somewhere. Maybe the second book will be easier than the first. But that is for another week.

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Start your review of In the Skin of a Lion Write a review Shelves: historical-fiction , canadian-author , literary-pretentious , owned , read Its never a good sign when the first thing you do after finishing a book is to go to its Wikipedia page and scrutinize the plot summary for some hint of what happened. For some reason, I always choose to read a complex or very literary type of novel on what turn out to be my busiest weeks. I developed a unit for Grade 9s studying A Wizard of Earthsea. The narrative mostly follows one character, Patrick Lewis, son of an explosives expert. In the Skin of a Lion is a novel of blood, sweat, and tears of the immigrants who helped build one of the hubs of our nation.

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In the Skin of a Lion

Share via Email Michael Ondaatje, poet and novelist. Photograph: Antonio Olmos There are certain books that should be taken away from young writers; that should be prised out of their clutching fingers and locked away until they are all grown up and ready to read them without being smitten. It is a highly contagious book. It seems to do impossible things. A nun is blown off an unfinished bridge in Toronto, one night in the early 20th century.

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