From the Publisher:
In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records 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.
…an inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.
The cover of Running in the Family drew me in when I saw it on the shelf at the library. I’ve liked the books I’ve read by Michael Ondaatje — The English Patient and Anil’s Ghost. This book is a memoir, but written with poetic fancy. He is a poet above all else, and his writing is infused with evocative description and emotional landscapes painted with poetic precision. It’s unlike any memoir I’ve ever read. The cover painting by Paul Gauguin was a perfect choice for this book because the memories inside are just as beautifully impressionistic. And what a family history! If we could all go back and take such a look at those who have gone before us… If we could all express the poetry of who we are and where we have come from as eloquently as Ondaatje…
“A beautiful, luscious book…the reader who travels with Ondaatje enters a truly magical world.” ~Maxine Hong Kingston