** Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje


Running in the Family is a highly literary memoir of the author, or perhaps more accurately the story of his family, told through a trip he took to his native Sri Lanka as an adult. His family is high in color, whether it is his quixotic grandmother, stealing flowers to bring to her hosts once her wealth has run out, or his troubled, alcoholic father who uses his military weapon to stop trains to wait for his friend who missed it — and also happens to be a cactus gardener. I very much enjoyed the portraits. The overall feel of the book was a little too loose for me, jumping from one topic to another and mixing in poetry I did not care for.

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