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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
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Michael Ondaatje is almost unbeatable in his skill at creating a memorable sentence, whether he's writing literally or figuratively. And this novel is no exception. So if you want a novel that is written beautifully, this one, set in post-WW II London, will satisfy.

If, however, you want a novel that is well-shaped, then you may want to look elsewhere. While the main character is finely drawn, the limited POV derails the telling of the story into speculation and guess, which left me at first somewhat baffled and finally a bit irritated. This frustration was compounded by the long first part, in which many events are told--and retold--with such lingering detail that the story seemed to flag. Part II moves at a faster pace, but, again, the POV becomes a real problem in the storytelling, and so I found it even less appealing--as a story--than the first part.

And yet: the writing is very fine. It's excellent. It is what kept me reading, and it's what always sends me to Michael Ondaatje. I just wish he would trim up his stories more.

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Reading Progress

September 2, 2019 – Started Reading
September 7, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 9, 2019 – Shelved

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