One of my favorite books by one of the greatest authors. Period. Funny, sad, lyrical. I asked Ondaatje at a reading in Austin, TX if he had thought of the story as a screwball comedy. He laughed nervously and agreed it was like that. I said, Wouldn't it be great as a film, a screwball comedy like His Girl Friday. His tone became more brittle then, and he said he would hate to glorify his father with a film. After the reading I got him to sign some books and mentioned the film idea one more time, and this time, he was rather cold about it, and I realized this was an error on my part. It really wasn't a funny subject to him. I felt bad about it bringing it up, as if it were a joke. But what a great writer.