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Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
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May 15, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian-lit, memoir, non-fiction, biography, poetry
Recommended to Angela by: Picked up from Jerry & Kathy's garage sale
Read from May 12 to 15, 2011

Wonderful. A mix of memories, quotes, family legend, photos, and poetry, this is, as Ondaatje says in the Acknowledgments, "not a history but a portrait or "gesture"" of the life of his parents and grandparents in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).
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05/14/2011 page 74
35.92% ""We used the thalagoya to scale walls. We tied a rope around its neck and heaved it over a wall. Its claws could cling to any surface, and we pulled ourselves up the rope after it.""
05/14/2011 page 83
40.29% ""Sanskrit was governed by verticals, but its sharp grid features were not possible in Ceylon. Here the Ola leaves which people wrote on were too brittle. A straight line would cut apart the leaf and so a curling alphabet was derived from its Indian cousin.""
05/14/2011 page 83
40.29% ""Sanskrit was governed by verticals, but its sharp grid features were not possible in Ceylon. Here the Ola leaves which people wrote on were too brittle. A straight line would cut apart the leaf and so a curling alphabet was derived from its Indian cousin.""

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