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Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
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Dec 23, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: california, cantbelieveineverread, freebox
Recommended for: fans of sumptuous prose
Read in December, 2009

"I come from Divisadero Street. Divisadero, from the Spanish word for 'division', the street that at one time was the dividing line between San Francisco and the fields of the Presidio. Or it might derive from the word 'divisar', meaning 'to gaze at something from a distance.'... Thus a point from which you can look far into the distance."

Leave it to Michael Ondaatje to summarize his book far more succinctly than I could ever hope to.
The prose in this amazing, dual layered story of fractured families is so consistently gorgeous that I have no problem whatsoever in forgiving Mr. Ondaatje the topographical absurdity of a ridge on a farm between Nicasio and Petaluma from which one can look down into Glen Ellen.

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