Warlight (Hardback)Michael Ondaatje (author)
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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018.
In his first novel since The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje relates a story of lives built and undone in the closing hours and long aftermath of the Second World War.
‘The ending of wars is always kind of a treacherous time… all these deals are being made, contracts are being signed… all those hidden things that go on.’ – Michael Ondaatje, Interviewed in The Toronto Star.
In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - Warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire.
It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. 14-year-old Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth.
They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be?
A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.
Dickensian in its scope and ambition Warlight returns to many of the themes that inhabited Michael Ondaatje’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient. The result is an intensely affecting novel of memory and fragmented identity set at a pivotal historic moment of flux.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 422 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 30 mm
'Warlight sucked me in deeper than any novel I can remember... fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself' - Alex Preston, The Observer
'Ondaatje's first novel in seven years mesmerizes from start to finish... A violent event pivots the narrative into thriller territory, simultaneously revealing an intricate puzzle of a love story.' - Hephzibah Anderson, Mail on Sunday
'The English Patient author Michael Ondaatje weaves another tale of love, loss and memory against a backdrop of World War II. Warlight revolves around the shadowy nature of memory... The mysteries come together through a complex, non-linear narrative that revisits and revises each development with careful scrutiny.' - Lucy Brooks, Culture Whisper
'[Warlight is] so cunningly assembled... leaner than The English Patient and its focus is tighter, a searchlight's focus.' - Anna Mundow, The Washington Post
'Ondaatje [is] such a thrilling writer... I loved [Warlight].' - Johanna Thomas-Corr, Evening Standard
'Skilfully navigating espionage, betrayal and deception, Warlight... takes [Ondaatje] deep into John le Carre territory... a lyrical but sinister mosaic of a hidden world.' - Boyd Tonkin, The Economist
'Warlight is Ondaatje's most haunting novel after The English Patient... mesmerising.' - Nilanjana Roy, Financial Times
'Ondaatje's spare and evocative prose perfectly captures the crumbled austerity of post-war London... this is easily his most satisfying and seductive novel in years' - Richard Strachan, Herald Scotland
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