Top positive review
8 August 2018
This is a beautifully written slow, meandering character study. Through Nathaniel, a young boy abandoned (with his sister) by his parents shortly after WWII, Michael Ondaatje explores imagination, memory, identity, the truths we tell ourselves and those we tell others. Michael Ondaatje's exquisite talent is on full display here. My only criticism is, like others, I sometimes found myself distracted by the depth of detail and I felt it gave Nathaniel's narrative an almost clinical edge (at times).