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In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
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Jul 20, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: college, contemporary-lit, people-of-color
Recommended to Emily by: Contemporary Novel (ENG 353)

The tale immigrant workers in Canada, laced with a strange mix of real events and magical realism, this book has an almost hallucinatory quality at times. Told mostly from the point of view of a distant main character, with bits and pieces from other characters whose relationships are gradually revealed, this book sometimes bypasses emotional impact for clarity of theme, poetic language, and metafictional elements. The language is at times painfully beautiful, but it is also very self-conscious and obvious, in a way that sometimes bothered me. If you like lyrical and poetic novels, then this might just be the book for you. If self-conscious and occasionally purple prose is a pet peeve of yours, I suggest you stay away from this one.

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