Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje (pub. 2007)

When traveling a book is constant companion, at times salvation and most often therapy when best laid plans go bad. With this frame of mind, I always need a few close at hand. And so as fail safe, I bought Divisadero in Bucharest late last year while waitiiiiiiiiiing for a flight to Istanbul. But between logistics of Mediterrean travel, packing up a life in North America and moving south of the equator, the book long remained at the bottom of deep luggage. Upon landing at El Alto (LPB) one of the highest international airports in the world (13,325 ft - 4,061.5 m) and being faced with days of adjusting to altitude, I finally took pause to began Divisadero. Most would be familiar with his 1992 bestseller, The English Patient, book and/or movie. From that success, you´ll recognize Ondaatje´s dreamy artful story telling crafted of stark drama and imagery. This, his most recent tale, is wrapped in poetry and philosophy and big movement balanced with private truths that will keep you tethered ´til the last page. I even read the acknowledgements as insight to a good read. A great way to adjust to new beginnings. I believe you´ll like it, too.

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